Jean Endicott helps Dave Long install 32 barn quilts on the wall bordering the downtown Fostoria Park and Shop lot. The Fostoria Area Visitors Bureau has been working to expand the barn quilt trail locally through the permanent display titled “The Barn Quilts on Main.” (Photo by Morgan Manns)

FOSTORIA — The Fostoria Area Visitors Bureau has been working to expand the barn quilt trail throughout the area.

To lend support to this concept, officials commissioned “The Barn Quilts on Main” as a community barn quilt display. The permanent display on Main Street features 32 different barn quilt designs.

Michele Cochran, community development/tourism director, contacted Fostoria residents Bev and Dave Lang to discuss her idea for the project. The Langs agreed to coordinate a community “quilting bee” to create the artwork, installed Wednesday on the concrete walls of the Park and Shop lot in the center of downtown Fostoria.

Bev Lang attended the two barn quilt painting workshops the visitors bureau hosted with nationally known quilt trail expert Suzi Parron last year. Since then, the Langs have been hosting workshops to teach this craft to others.

The Langs enlisted the help of several of their workshop students and friends to paint the designs, many of which were chosen to show a unique aspect of Fostoria’s history, including the train depot, glass vases and a schoolhouse.

Each quilt took about four to five hours to complete, Bev said.

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