Wednesday January 29th 2014

Barn Quilts

One of a quilt editor’s greatest joys is hearing from a reader who has been inspired by the magazine. We were just delighted when TQL columnist Laura Fisher (“For All It’s Worth”) passed along this letter from reader Cynthia Weisz:
“I thought you may like to see what the pictures of the Folky Four Block Appliqué turned into. I love antique quilts, and I’m a quilter myself. Your story, published in The Quilt Life Aug 2012, inspired me to painstakingly make free hand stencils, which I finally turned into a 4 x 4-foot barn quilt square.
The barn and the barn quilt blocks will be entered into the barn quilt trail in Fannin County, Texas. This trail is the largest barn quilt trail in Texas.
Each of the barn quilts has its own GPS marker. A map of the trail is available on You Tube. Hope you enjoyed a little follow up of what you do. Thank you!”

Recently I read that 32 of our 50 states have established quilt trails projects. Barn quilts aren’t just for barns anymore. Here in the Denver area we see them on houses and storefronts and other businesses. My own garden shed, for instance, is a prime candidate for a barn quilt. The only thing holding me back is trying to decide which block pattern to use.

Do you have a barn quilt? We’d love to see it!…Jan Magee, The Quilt Life

Cynthia Weisz's barn quilt in Fannin County, Texas
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