Farm Life

Barn Quilt

"Log Cabin" quilt block or "Courthouse Steps"

“Log Cabin” quilt block or “Courthouse Steps” image from Flickr

Anthony and I have made lists upon lists since we’ve moved to the farm.  To Do lists, Questions To Ask lists (What is this pipe for? Can we put our garden here?  How do you repair cracks in plaster?) and the never-ending page turner also known as our Projects List.  I won’t bore you with all of the details, but one of the more exciting projects we intend to work on is to create a barn quilt for the side of one of our barns.

While driving around when we first closed on the house in October, I noticed a few different giant quilts on the sides of barns in the area.  Adorable, what were they?  I did some research and here’s what I found out (according to the University of Wisconsin Extension office).  From their website, about our county:

“The idea of barn quilts began in Adams County, Ohio in 2001. It was conceived as a way to draw traffic off a busy four-lane highway as it wound through the economically depressed area of southern Ohio. Local artists painted traditional quilt blocks on weathered tobacco barns, and the project began to attract travelers to the area, increasing business for local establishments. In 2003, Grundy County, Iowa started a similar barn quilt project to draw traffic back to rural areas bypassed when a major highway was rerouted. Their Barn Quilt Loop is designed to highlight the agricultural heritage of the county, as well as the folk art of quilting.

The project began in Walworth County in 2009 and has continued to grow.

The Barn Quilt Project  promotes the rural heritage of the county by highlighting the architecture and history of barns and by encouraging the preservation of these structures for future generations. In turn, the project encourages economic development by promoting ag-tourism and other local businesses.”

I began following a barn quilt Facebook page, because I’m all in. (see my Pinterest board here)  I think we might be able to make it ourselves, at around 8′ x 8′, though we really need to figure out the ladder situation prior to hanging it – see here.  I love the idea, however it might take a bit of time for Anthony and I to agree on one we both like.  Here are some of my favs, all images from Pinterest:


Grandmother’s Flower Garden

Grandmother's Garden




Circle of Fish

Fish barn quilt

Farm Friendship

farm friendship

It definitely needs to mean something to us – 3 of our grandmothers had lovely flower gardens, my Mom’s favorite flowers are tulips and one of the reasons we moved here was for Anthony’s fishing.  I love the Farm Friendship quilt block, it’s my favorite.  But we’re still not there.   Anthony also said he would like it to have something to do with Law Enforcement, even if it just has a thin blue line framing it.  What do you think? Suggestions?  Thoughts on this?

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  • Reply kelley 2015-01-01 at 7:00 pm

    I love this idea! I’m all about the star ones. The one here is the Tulips! I liked the star ones you had on your Pinterest page too! I also like the jewel tone colors and loved the thin blue line idea. Can’t wait to see what you guys do!

    • Reply Michelle 2015-01-06 at 5:06 pm

      Thanks sissy! I really love the star ones as well. Still deciding!

  • Reply Judy Judy 2014-12-31 at 6:32 am

    I like this “pathways” quilt pattern. Do black where they have the dark blue, red where it’s red, and white in the light color area. Would show up good against your red barn background! Good luck making a decision! Great idea whatever pattern you choose.

    • Reply Michelle 2015-01-06 at 5:07 pm

      Love the black, white and red idea! Black and white is our main color scheme already, so that would be perfect! Thanks for the link Judy!

  • Reply Lindsey 2014-12-30 at 8:13 pm

    I really love the flower one and the friendship farm one and think both would look great with a thin blue line around it!! It is great that the flower barn quilt represents three of the grandmothers! I think this whole idea is so cool! Can’t wait to see it cousin!!

    • Reply Michelle 2015-01-06 at 5:08 pm

      Thanks cousin, I like the idea of representing grandmothers, I’m missing Grandma Judy like crazy right now. Can’t wait until you visit!

  • Reply Amber Meyer 2014-12-30 at 7:38 pm

    I really like the Friendship one too. Check out this blog:
    Look at their quilts. They see kind of LE inspired.

    • Reply Michelle 2015-01-06 at 5:09 pm

      Thanks Amber, great link! I’ll look into it more.

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