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    Does anyone know if there are patterns available to make the quilt designs that are on the barns across the country?
    My DH would like the pattern (s) to make the ones that actually are the outside ones on the barns. Some are 8 feet by 8 feet!

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    Are you wanting to make wooden ones or fabric ones? I know the ones here in KY that the county Home Extension offices make are just regular quilt blocks you can find in any book. One of the members husbands puts the plywood sheets together to make them 8 x 8 and drafts the patterns on them and then different groups paint them. The the power company mounts them on the barns.

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    http://barnquilting.ning.com/

    Do you know about this site? I just joined but not sure what it is all about or if it might help you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ginaky
    Are you wanting to make wooden ones or fabric ones? I know the ones here in KY that the county Home Extension offices make are just regular quilt blocks you can find in any book. One of the members husbands puts the plywood sheets together to make them 8 x 8 and drafts the patterns on them and then different groups paint them. The the power company mounts them on the barns.
    Hello Gina! We have some nice ones around don't we? We see a lot of them around Stamping Ground when we pick up the klids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingGrannie
    Does anyone know if there are patterns available to make the quilt designs that are on the barns across the country?
    My DH would like the pattern (s) to make the ones that actually are the outside ones on the barns. Some are 8 feet by 8 feet!

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    Phyllis, 'Quilt Blocks on American Barns' by Eleanor Burns - 2010. It's a beautiful book that shows how to make the blocks on several barns and interviews the people who own the barns along with the history of the quilt blocks painted on the barns. Beautiful book. Pam

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    Yes, there are lots of nice ones. I'm in Richmond, so we're close together! It's a year long project here at our Madison County Extension ofice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingGrannie
    Does anyone know if there are patterns available to make the quilt designs that are on the barns across the country?
    My DH would like the pattern (s) to make the ones that actually are the outside ones on the barns. Some are 8 feet by 8 feet!

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    I have an issue of "The Quilter Magazine" issue Nov.'07', that has several pics and an article on the KY Barn Art. If you would like, I can send you a copy of the article. It's only 3 pages, if allowed I could post it here for others to look and read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingGrannie
    Does anyone know if there are patterns available to make the quilt designs that are on the barns across the country?
    My DH would like the pattern (s) to make the ones that actually are the outside ones on the barns. Some are 8 feet by 8 feet!

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    Are you thinking of Hex signs: try going to the library and looking up Penn. Dutch Amish Hex signs. You can do it without a pattern, just by looking at the book picture. I made one for our barn meaning prosperity. Each hex sign has it's own meanings. Here's a pic of ours
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ginaky
    Are you wanting to make wooden ones or fabric ones? I know the ones here in KY that the county Home Extension offices make are just regular quilt blocks you can find in any book. One of the members husbands puts the plywood sheets together to make them 8 x 8 and drafts the patterns on them and then different groups paint them. The the power company mounts them on the barns.
    Looking to make the wooden ones to hang on barns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kygirl
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingGrannie
    Does anyone know if there are patterns available to make the quilt designs that are on the barns across the country?
    My DH would like the pattern (s) to make the ones that actually are the outside ones on the barns. Some are 8 feet by 8 feet!

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    I have an issue of "The Quilter Magazine" issue Nov.'07', that has several pics and an article on the KY Barn Art. If you would like, I can send you a copy of the article. It's only 3 pages, if allowed I could post it here for others to look and read.
    Sending you a PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ginaky
    Are you wanting to make wooden ones or fabric ones? I know the ones here in KY that the county Home Extension offices make are just regular quilt blocks you can find in any book. One of the members husbands puts the plywood sheets together to make them 8 x 8 and drafts the patterns on them and then different groups paint them. The the power company mounts them on the barns.
    Do you know what the process is that he uses to get the patterns onto the plywood?

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    I did some barn quilts and put on our privacy fence. I just used regular quilt patterns and drew them to scale with a yard stick, some of it was free hand (flowers). My DH used 4 X 4 pressure treated plywood and we used exterior satin paint from Lowes to paint them. We spent an entire weekend painting 3 blocks. It did create some interest in the neighborhood and some even stopped to take photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissM
    I did some barn quilts and put on our privacy fence. I just used regular quilt patterns and drew them to scale with a yard stick, some of it was free hand (flowers). My DH used 4 X 4 pressure treated plywood and we used exterior satin paint from Lowes to paint them. We spent an entire weekend painting 3 blocks. It did create some interest in the neighborhood and some even stopped to take photos.
    Very nice! I just told my DH he could make some and put on the privacy fence between us and out neighbors! It's the neighbor's fence. We could put it on our side. :lol: :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by mzsooz
    http://barnquilting.ning.com/

    Do you know about this site? I just joined but not sure what it is all about or if it might help you.
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    Here is more information about Barn Quilts

    http://www.barnquilts.com/instructions.html

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    MissM, I love the quilts on your fence. Such a cute idea!

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    Don't know for sure if this will help, but we found a couple of those barns in Shady Valley (among many other places in East Tennessee) and a sign at one of them that said referenced "quilttrail.com". I also have a guide for quilt barns titled "Appalachian Quilt Trail." And several years ago I printed maps from: http://vacationaqt.com

    I think there are some specific size requirements to participate in one of the trails, but I really don't know how to go about finding out what they are if one of these internet addresses doesn't have the information.

    If you haven't done it, it is a lot of fun driving the highways and byways looking for these barns. A wonderful excuse to see some truly fantastic country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda B
    Don't know for sure if this will help, but we found a couple of those barns in Shady Valley (among many other places in East Tennessee) and a sign at one of them that said referenced "quilttrail.com". I also have a guide for quilt barns titled "Appalachian Quilt Trail." And several years ago I printed maps from: http://vacationaqt.com

    I think there are some specific size requirements to participate in one of the trails, but I really don't know how to go about finding out what they are if one of these internet addresses doesn't have the information.

    If you haven't done it, it is a lot of fun driving the highways and byways looking for these barns. A wonderful excuse to see some truly fantastic country.
    We have several right around us. I see them every day on my way to work. But haven't found how they make them. DH would like to make some. Usually I think it is groups that paint them and volunteers that do it.
    I just love to see them. They are beautiful and we are blessed to have them all around us.

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    We don't have any around here but I have seen pictures and they are really neat!! I wonder if we could make "ROOF QUILTS"? :wink:
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    Quote Originally Posted by MissM
    Thank you! That should help. Plus there is a lot of other interesting information there. Will have to check it out later when I have more time.
    :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by marsye
    We don't have any around here but I have seen pictures and they are really neat!! I wonder if we could make "ROOF QUILTS"? :wink:
    Sure, why not? They put other things on roofs.

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    Sort of reminds me the th Underground Railroad Idea! 'LOVE IT!

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    cool idea, have fun!

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    A measuring tape, (carpenters) chalk line, and pencil should be all he needs to make the pattern and then paint and a brush to paint it!

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