There's been time to catch up on blogs, emails, & other computer stuff. One of the blogs I normally read had a snippet of another blog on their sidelines.
It was about "Barn Quilts".
I love quilts & barns so I naturally clicked on the site.
What a wonderful surprise!!!!
I found a blog that is solely about barns & the "quilts" that are painted on them!
The name of the blog is:
BARN QUILTS & THE AMERICAN QUILT TRAIL & can be found at
Suzi Parron writes this blog & is also writing a book that will be published in 2011.
Here is an excerpt from her blog:
Donna Sue Groves' Vision
The concept of barn quilts began with Donna Sue and her wish to honor her mother, Maxine, and her Appalachian heritage by having a painted quilt hung on her barn. With the help of friends and community members, Donna's vision grew to a trail of 20 quilt barns in Adams County, Ohio, which began in 2001.There are beautiful photos of quilt squares that have been painted on barns across the country, even maps of the "trails" to visit them. The quilt squares are an attractive addition to the barns &, they often tell historical stories of folks that live there.
This simple idea has spread to 27 states and to Canada, and the trail continues to grow. Over 2000 quilts are part of organized trails; dozens more are scattered through the countryside waiting to be discovered.
We saw some barn quilts when we passed through Grundy County in Iowa a few weeks ago, purely by accident. Wish I would have known about them before & we would have made time to follow that trail & see more!!
A couple of Barn Quilts we saw in Iowa
I started thinking...I could do this
(on a smaller scale of course)!!
This is a picture of my 'barn'.
I know...I know...it's just a yard shed but it's the closest thing I have at the moment!!
The front door needs repainting anyway...we got the round hex sign when we were in Intercourse, PA several years ago. The Dekalb seed corn sign came from my Uncle Frank in IA
(one of my favorite possessions!).
What if I repainted the door & painted a quilt square on it?
And, on the right side, maybe another..or a big American flag???
I've got the next 2 months, while my arm heals, to plan this out...the weather should be cooler by then too!
Sounds like fun to me!!