The Colors of Plumas County
This past weekend Robbie and I decided to “get out of the snow” and take off on a bike riding /camping weekend in nearby Taylorsville, California. With a population of about 150, Taylorsville is one of a handful of towns in Indian Valley. It is surrounded by a stunning mountain backdrop, a valley dotted with ranches, old barns and grazing cattle. Quiet roadways and beautiful vistas make Indian Valley one of the best places to start the bike riding season. We “camped” at the Taylorsville Campground located across the street from the rodeo grounds.
I was pleasantly surprised by the Barn Quilts of Plumas County. With no prior planning (or knowledge) and since we had no map, we were left to discover the barn quilts as we rode our bikes and the barn quilts appeared! These barn quilts were like carrots dangling in front of my bike and our ride was punctuated by frequent stops to snap photos. I love color and seeing these gorgeous and colorful quilt blocks on the barns was incredible.
“Barn quilts started about 300 years ago when immigrants from the Rhine region of Germany came to the United States. Many settled in Pennsylvania. Today, beautiful quilt patterns are seen on the Pennsylvania Dutch barns. Prior to the 1830′s, most barns were not painted due to the high cost of paint. Barn decorating peaked, with the lower costs of paint, in the early 20th century. Many folk designs, including quilt squares began showing up.”
Today barn quilts are becoming popular once again. “Quilt Trails” are being developed in many states. After a number of barn quilts have been displayed in an area, a map can be developed that can be used as self-guided tours for visitors to the area. The next self-guided Plumas County Quilt Trail Tour is scheduled for September 15-16, 2012.
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