Award-Winning Highway 36 Quilt Trail

2018 Passport Program Kicks Off April 3, 2018

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2018 Ol’ Trail Town

The Missouri Highway 36 Heritage Alliance is excited to announce the 2018 Quilt Trail Passport program. Quilt shops across northern Missouri have been working over the past nine months to organize this year’s program.

In its fourth year, the Missouri Highway 36 Quilt Trail is the ultimate quilting experience. The Trail was initiated to combine an appreciation for the area’s agricultural heritage, artistic talent and regional history.

Organizers say this year’s theme “Ol’ Trail Town” is designed to represent and embrace northern Missouri’s 1800s heritage. Each block represents a building that would have been found in a community in the 1800s.

“There is a lot of excitement about this year’s theme,” say Marie Saunders, co-owner of Crossroads Quilting in Cameron. “We’ve been fielding calls for the last three months about this year’s quilting project.”

While traveling the Trail, visitors are encouraged to enjoy attractions, local shops and restaurants. Husbands ‘along for the ride’ will find particular interest in the “Genius” sites along the way that made this route famous.

Quilt Your Way Along the “Way of American Genius”

Dubbed “The Way of American Genius” for its connection to innovative Missourians such as Walt Disney, J.C Penney, Mark Twain and Gen. John J. Pershing, and innovations including Sliced Bread and the Pony Express, Missouri’s stretch of U.S. Highway 36 runs west to east, from St. Joseph to Hannibal.

“It’s a win-win for our customers; the husbands love visiting our regional historic sites and the woman love the quilt shops,” says Rozanne Johnson owner of from Rosie’s Quilts in Marceline.

Participants in this year’s program will find shop owners and staff who are enthusiastic to help visitors with any quilting needs, from picking out fabrics to assisting beginners with cutting the blocks. Many are offering their block in a kit to make the project easier. They all want your Ol’ Trail Town Quilt project to be a success.

The American Genius Highway Quilt Trail includes 16 shops in 15 towns. Many of the businesses along the established trail are located just off Highway 36, while some are within the Highway 36 Corridor (a zone spanning 36 miles north and 36 miles south of the actual highway).

You can learn more about the American Genius Highway Quilt Trail online at

The Passport program begins April 3, 2018. Through the program, Passports can be picked up at participating quilt shops (or download and print here). Visitors can collect a free pattern and get their passport stamped at each of the 16 businesses.

What a prize!

This year’s grand prize is a $25 gift certificate from each of the 16 participating shops, second prize is a $250 Visa card to be used for their 2019 Quilt Trail trip and third prize is a basket of fat quarters. To register for the prize, quilters must complete a quilt top using all 16 blocks and have a completely stamped passport. These both should be turned in to a participating shop, where the quilter will be registered for the prize. The deadline for entry is Oct. 31, 2018.

You can find updates and prize winners on the Passport program on Highway 36 Heritage Alliance Facebook page.

Participating Quilt Shops are:

  • Bits & Pieces, Hannibal
  • By The Yard, Rayville
  • Cornerstone Fabric, Smithville
  • Crossroads Quilting, Cameron
  • Cuts & Bolts, Chillicothe
  • Glenda’s Sewing Cupboard, St. Joseph
  • Hickory Stick Quilt Shop, Hannibal
  • Midwest Quilt Co, ShelbinaMissouri Star Quilt Co., Hamilton
  • Quilted Square, Kirksville
  • Rosie’s Quilts, Marceline
  • Sew Creative, Salisbury
  • Shearwood Quilts & Crafts, Jamesport
  • Sisters Fabric Farm, Lathrop
  • The Quilt Shoppe, Wheeling
  • Top Stitch Quilt Shop, Helena

For additional information you can call 816-233-6688 or email