Sierra Valley Barn Quilts

Why Barn Quilts?

Barn quilts honor the economic, cultural, and historical contribution of ranching and farming to our rural communities, while celebrating one of America‚Äôs historic art forms, the quilt square. Barn quilts become local landmarks helping to preserve our rural heritage and provide points of interest for visitors and sightseers. They contribute to local economies by incorporating art, agriculture, and local culture with an effort to promote tourism on the local, state, and national level. In the Sierra Valley, Barn quilts  enhance local events like the Tour de Manure  bicycle tour, creating destination points along the cycling route. The Sierra Valley Barn Quilt Project is centered in the Sierra Valley, which includes eastern Sierra County and portions of Plumas County.


Barn quilts are painted quilt squares-usually fashioned on boards and then mounted on a barn. A barn quilt is almost always a single square. Quilt squares come in all sizes, but traditionally are large, between 6ft x 6ft and 8ft x 8ft, depending on the size of the hosting structure. The pattern for a particular barn quilt may be chosen for myriad reasons. Often the barn quilt is a replica of a painted quilt that resides on the property or honors a loved one. A pattern may be selected because of its name; "Corn and Beans" is popular among farmers. Sometimes, the barn quilt is simply one whose pattern is appealing to either its creators or its owners.


Barn quilt trails can be found in rural counties throughout America. Barn quilt trails usually include a map of local barn quilts and lead tourists through the countryside, providing information on local history, culture, landscape, and  include other points of interest including local businesses. Groups including cyclists, motorcycle clubs, and Sunday drivers may enjoy a ride through the scenic Sierra Valley following the barn quilt trail.


Information on barn quilt trails throughout the nation may be found on line at

The Sierra County Arts Council has spearheaded this project. As State-Local Partner with the California Arts Council (CAC), the Sierra County Arts Council has recieved  funding from the CAC as part of their Creating Places of Vitality (CPV) Program to support rural and underserved communities through grant opportunities for small arts organizations.


Local organizations and volunteers played an essential role in making this project a success. Community support is what made the Sierra Valley Barn Quilt Project a reality. Among those organizations who played a vital role in our project were: Plumas-Sierra Cattlewomen, local 4H clubs, Sierra County Historical Society, Rotary Club, Mountain Star Quilters Guild, East Sierra Valley Chamber of Commerce, the City of Loyalton, Sierra County government, and local volunteer fire departments.


Want to get involved? Call B. J. Jordan at 530-289-3673 or email

Contact: B. J. Jordan at 530-289-9822  | email

Sierra Valley Barn Quilts