A Barn Quilt Trail develops when quilt blocks are mounted on numerous structures in a locale lending itself to a self-guided driving tour. The Barn Quilt Trail movement got its start in Ohio about 20 years ago after a woman brightened a plain tobacco barn with a quilt block for her mother. With the participation of her neighbors and friends, a trail was formed attracting tourists and boosting economic development in the area. Travelers now follow many such trails that exist across the country. The movement has been referred to as the largest grassroots public arts movement in the U.S.