Archive for the ‘barn quilts’ Category

Mug rugs and Fabric Postcards

November 22, 2012

I’ve been making some small items for holiday craft shows that are coming up. Having fun with Mug Rugs

Some have images from the barn quilts of Osceola Quilt Trail.

Some are images of my vegetable medleys wall hangings.

And some are kaleidoscope type images I created in Electric Quilt.

Fabric postcards

also featuring images from Osceola Quilt Trail.


Flowers for Spring

May 16, 2010

We’ve installed two more barn quilts, only this first one is on a house, a 4 foot Tulip Basket.

Yesterday we put this Amaryllis on an old barn.  The women who have lived in this place have always had wonderful flower gardens, so this block is in honor of all of them.

Next time, maybe I’ll have some actual fabric quilts to post.

Rising Star

May 6, 2010

Kettunen Center, near Tustin, MI, is a conference center and 4-H leader training facility. West Michigan Quilters Guild sponsored this Rising Star/4-H quilt block for their building. The center hosts several quilt retreats a year.

Flying High Ninepatch

May 6, 2010

John is a private pilot, and Mary makes nine-patch quilts to give as gifts. Both of them are represented in this Flying High Ninepatch block on their barn.


April 23, 2010

Our quilt trail team decided to place a Pineapple quilt block on the building where we do our painting as a thank-you to the owner who has generously let us use it all winter.  We realized after we had the block finished that the pineapple is a symbol of hospitality, so it was very appropriate.

Broken Dishes

April 23, 2010

It’s been a while since I blogged. Much has happened since then. We have two more quilt blocks installed, and another one going up tomorrow. This Broken Dishes quilt is probably close to 100 years old, and is the source for the design of the quilt block on the Marion Historical Museum in Marion, MI
Some of the members of the Historical Society came and helped us paint the block by adding some embellishing to create the look of printed fabrics.

The block was mounted on a shed next to the main building, which houses the antique tool collection.

Barn quilt design

March 9, 2010

I thought I would write a little bit about the process of designing a barn quilt. First we interview the barn owner, find out if they have a family quilt they would like to use as the basis for the design. I’ll walk you throough the Schmidt quilt as an example. The late Mrs. Schmidt’s grandmother made the Blazing Star quilt c. 1930, and it is a prized family possession.

I then isolate a part of the design from the quilt, one block or more, and draw that into my EQ6 quilt design program.

The block design i
s exported to another program where I can impose it onto a picture of the barn, to let the barn owner be able to visualize the finished product.

In the case of the Schmidt barn, they had two options for placement of the block on the barn, so I sent them a file with the block placed in both positions.

Once the design and color selections are made, the design is drawn onto primed MDO board and painted with exterior trim paint.

Blazing Star

February 24, 2010

This morning our painting site had a visit from barn owner Garth Schmidt (almost 92) and his daughter to see the quilt blocks that will go on his barn. An 8×8 block will face the US131 freeway, and a 4×4 block will face the side road and the front of the house so Mr. Schmidt can see it. This is a centennial farm, owned by the same family since 1863. The quilt block design is taken from a quilt that Mr. Schmidt’s late wife had made several years ago.

#4 is painted and waiting for spring

February 19, 2010

We finished painting the fourth barn block which will actually be mounted on Kettunen Center, which is the 4-H leader training facility and conference center near Tustin, MI. West Michigan Quilt Guild sponsored the block, and some of the members were at Kettunen for a retreat and got to help with the painting. The block will be mounted in the spring. Too much snow and cold now.


December 28, 2009

I hope to get going very soon on painting some more barn quilts. We have a heated building to use for the winter, so hopefully we can get a few done and ready to hang in the spring.