Quilt Trails are growing in popularity. Western North Carolina alone has more than 200 quilt squares. These aren’t your traditional hand sewn blocks. The trail is a driving tour that takes you to different places to see large hand painted quilt squares on the sides of barns, businesses, and even homes. A beautiful way to see countryside that may be a little off the beaten path. The Quilt Trail got its start in 2001 when Donna Sue Groves began the Ohio Quilt Barn Project. Donna painted a block on her barn to honor her mother, a quilter. Bryson City has recently joined the quilt trail scene and now has seven blocks, including one on an island. Another great reason to drive around and enjoy the scenery. Visit the Swain County Chamber of Commerce’s website for GPS coordinates and physical addresses of each square.