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Thread: Blocks on barns?

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    We just returned from a trip to Iowa. Between Caledonia and Hokah, MN we saw several barns with approx 8 X 8 squares, painted, which appeared to be quilt squares. One was a pinwheel, another hour glass, etc. One barn had multiple squares. Is this some type of quilter insignia or has quilting just gone to my head? We also saw one or two in WI.

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    We just returned from a trip to Iowa. Between Caledonia and Hokah, MN we saw several barns with approx 8 X 8 squares, painted, which appeared to be quilt squares. One was a pinwheel, another hour glass, etc. One barn had multiple squares. Is this some type of quilter insignia or has quilting just gone to my head? We also saw one or two in WI.

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    Some counties do this through the quild guild. You can check out Green County Barn Quilts. My local quilt store actually does classes to do these blocks too. :)

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    Yup. Posted this twice. Sorry!!

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    There are books written about the barn quilt blocks on barns. They are becoming popular around the nation. I googled it a while back. Lots of info.

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    I wondered if it was some type of guild. My husband refused to believe quilters would do this. He thinks I just see quilt squares wherever I happen to look. lol.

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    Eleanor Burns has a book out on this -- This series is also currently running on one of our satelite stations.

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    Caledonia is in O'Brien County, and they have a Web site for their barn quilts: http://www.obriencounty.com/tourism/oc_bq_index.html

    Several other counties in Iowa, as well as in many other states, also promote barn quilts.

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    I made a small one for my shed I think there are alot of them is certain places I know Ohio had a lot
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    This blogger has been taking pictures and keeping track of barn quilts in Wisconsin:
    http://cre8tivequilter.blogspot.com/...ilt-trail.html

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    There are many "barn quilts" in Iowa. If you google when you are traveling you can find them in all states. They are fun to find.

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    Here in Ky you see them alot. I think they are beautiful.

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    I sure would love to see them. Maybe a trip is in the future? Also, I think a canvas painted with a quilt block would be great to hang in the house somewhere.

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    http://americanquilttrail.blogspot.com/

    http://www.quilttrailswnc.org/ North Carolina

    http://www.countrybarnquilttrail.com/

    http://www.quilttrail.org/ Northeast TN


    There are many, many listed. Just Google "barn quilt trails". I've posted a few to give everyone the idea of what we are discussing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Country1
    Here in Ky you see them alot. I think they are beautiful.
    Yep. The landscape of Kentucky is dotted with them.

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    We have them all over the place here.

    http://www.quilttrail.org/ Northeast TN

    Love seeing them every day.

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    Love 'em!

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    Theres alot around here too. Some of the LQSs have them too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    I made a small one for my shed I think there are alot of them is certain places I know Ohio had a lot
    This is an excellent idea...will have to do one for our shed!

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    Have seen quite a few areas with barn quilts - it's always a wonderful surprise :)

    Here is a link to a community close to home, in SouthWestern Ontario, who have a nice crop:

    http://wardsvillebarnquilts.wordpress.com/

    For people attending either the Quilt Ontario show in London at the end of May ( http://www.canadianquilter.com/event...anada-2011.php ) or the Ailsa Craig Community Festival with Quilts of the Netherlands
    ( http://ailsacraigquiltfestival.org/exhibition )
    will be able to take day trips to tour these barn quilts!

    Enjoy,
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    Accuquilt is having a contest about the barn quilts. You can read a brief history and enter. www.accuquilt.com

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    I love them. I am in NY on Long Island. We don't have that, but we will! When hubby asks what I want for my birthday I am going to tell him to do this for the front street facing wall of our garage. Take that, you development "all the same house" owners. A rebel with a cause.

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    There is quite a story of how these blocks began showing up on barns.
    A woman named of Donna Sue started what are now the oversized, brightly colored barn quilt squares appearing on barns throughout the Midwest and East. In Ohio in 2001, she made the first remodeled block of a barn quilt square in honor of her mother and to help a friend draw attention to his business from the nearby four-lane highway. In the nine years since, the modernized, oversized barn quilt squares have popped up as far East as New Jersey, with dozens of county and state quilt trails in between.

    I know here in East and upper TN you will find blocks on most barns. There are many that people can stop and visit. To find out more just do a search for Barn Blocks.

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    Google Barn Quilts and read all about it. this is happening all over. I want to do one on our shed, just havent gotten there yet.

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    There are a lot near Hocking Hills Ohio also.

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