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Donna Sue Groves
Quilt Alliance will present their second conference, Sharing Quilt Stories in the Digital Age, in Asheville, North Carolina, on May 5, 2015. Quilt history isn’t over. Every time a new quilt is made, another chapter of quilt history is written — or at least it should be. The nonprofit Quilt Alliance teaches quiltmakers, quilt collectors,...
Have you wondered when and where the unique tradition of barn quilts began? The first use of colorful designs on barns in America dates back as early as the 1800s. German and Swiss immigrants settled in the Pennsylvania Dutch region of southeastern Pennsylvania, building family farms that were often spruced up with small painted patterns...
The idea of patterns and symbols on barns began about 300 years ago when immigrants left the Rhine region of Germany and settled in Pennsylvania. The Amish, Mennonites, Lutherans, and other Reform groups painted small quilt-like patterns on their barns to celebrate their heritage, bring good fortune, ward off bad spirits, and provide protection for...