I’m pleased to introduce you to the Far North Quilt Trail Project (FNQTP), a comprehensive, community art project designed to enhance, engage and inspire Fairbanks and our surrounding communities in creating beautiful and accessible public art pieces.
A brief explanation of this relatively new folk art movement: barn quilts originated in Ohio in 2001, and have grown exponentially in popularity. These large, bold, geometric paintings placed on the sides of barns, businesses and other buildings are now found nationwide. Many barn quilts linked together in one area is known as a quilt trail. These self-guided touring trails positively impact both urban and rural areas in a myriad of ways by bringing attention to significant architecture, honoring familial heritage, and creating commerce in communities by ushering interest and tourism to the area.
Alaska’s first barn quilt trail is commencing right here in the Fairbanks North Star Borough. it's founding in July of 2019, the Far North Quilt Trail currently has 13 barn quilts in Fairbanks and surrounding communities, with new submissions from community members each month.
The Far North Quilt Trail Project will be a community wide endeavor that will establish a distinctly unique quilt trail, instilling local pride with each piece installed. By reaching a broad range of individuals and will bring people of all ages, backgrounds, and disciplines together in a celebration of local history and culture, while simultaneously creating lasting partnerships between artists, enthusiasts and organizations within our community.
The FNQTP is always looking for installation site suggestions, and is currently taking public and private commissions. Contact for more information and questions.
of the Far North Quilt Trail Project
Somer Hahm is a visual artist living and making work in Fairbanks Alaska since 2005. Interested in creating a sustainable arts career in the interior, and motivated to build community through inclusive and accessible public art, she founded the Far North Quilt Trail Project in the July of 2019.
You can find out more about Somer at