The Washington County Board of Commissioners passed ordinance changes last week that will allow organizers of a Quilt Barn Trail to start moving forward. The new regulations will be effective Sept. 25.

The “trail” would create decorative wooden murals emulating quilt patterns on historic barns along scenic roads and bikeways and other established tourist routes. Blocks — meant to generate tourism and celebrate local history — will be designed after quilts that traveled on the Oregon Trail enroute to Washington County and mounted on local non-residential buildings outside the urban growth boundary that are visible from the road.

The blocks will be 8-by-8 feet and painted by guild members and other volunteers. The first group of quilt blocks will likely be mounted in Helvetia, according to Westside Quilters Guild member Jean Lasswell.

Guild members aren’t wasting any time — they’ve started applying the primer and will soon begin painting with a 20-color palette they receive at a discount from Miller Paint.

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