Quilted Corners of Wyalusing

By Matt Markham

February 11, 2011 Updated Feb 11, 2011 at 6:47 PM EST

Wyalusing, PA (WBNG Binghamton) Winter months around here are usually snowy, cold and gray. But in southeastern Bradford County, there is a lot of color and warmth.

When you walk through Wyalusing, or take a drive outside of town, you see the colorful patchwork of Bradford County.

"You'll come around a corner and have a delightful surprise," said Wendy Gaustad from the Wyalusing Chamber of Commerce.
"They're on backroads...you won't believe where you'll find them."

They're barn quilts. Nearly one hundred are hung throughout the Wyalusing area.

Peggy DeMartino came up with the idea after reading about it.

"I went up to the computer and researched barn art, and found a whole community of barn quilt tours that were spreading throughout the country," DeMartino said.

After hanging this one on the chamber building in the borough, neighbors came in asking for their own.

Peggy's husband Frank paints many of them.

"It's relaxing, that's what it is," said Frank DeMartino. It's a labor of love. It's nice to see when they're finished."

Each design represents something different.

"Then there's a story that goes with it," Frank said. "There's the story of the history of the farm, or if it's a business, it's the history of the business."

"It highlights our agricultural heritage here, and our quilting heritage as well," Peggy said. "There are generations of farmers and generations of quilters in this area."

The quilts are up year-round, but there's something about the wintertime that makes this art radiate even more.

"This time of the year, they're very visible because it's so stark and there's no leaves or anything like that," Gaustad said.

There are four routes you can drive to take a self-guided tour of the barn quilts, and even use your cell phone to hear some of the history.

But, you can also just see for yourself.

If you're interested in taking yourself on the barn quilt tour, you can pick up a map and brochure at the Chamber of Commerce building in the borough.

There is also a barn quilt festival on May 1st.