Monday, August 8, 2011

Barn Quilts

It is hard to pick out a favorite, sometimes I like the barn as much as the quilt placed on it. These prairie palaces have seen many generations and have a charm to me. This is just a few of many I have shot this last month. Many have been started by a 4-H group trying to get many of these designs around their counties as part of a specific project. Something always new out on the prairie.













This design has been used by families with members serving in the military. One I passed had the star omitted and their sons name and date of his passing. I have been impressed with the names of the patterns, some passed down through the generations.My grandmother enjoyed quilting and used old army blankets in the middle of many while she worked at Fort Leavenworth.







I often wonder what people think when I am shooting these."Look honey, a guy with a tiny dog are in our drive shooting your quilt."

25 comments:

  1. I didn't know people did that what a great idea, some of them are very beautiful. Do they make them themselves or does someone sell them?

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  2. A very interesting post, Steve. I do see these around our area, too, but you seem to have many more in your area. You captured a lovely selection of them.

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  3. Cool post! Love seeing these along country roads in Ohio

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  4. My wife shoots the same quilt patterns on barns while I am driving at 65 mph. You have a great collection of beautiful images here.

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  5. Did you know that in the days of the Underground Railroad quilts hung on the clothes line were messages for runaway slaves? I learned this from a rest stop in Iowa.

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  6. Oh Wow! I started to try to pick a favorite- and just couldn't! I like them all...and you're right- the barns are pretty sweet too!

    Haha...I like your last sentences:))) I can see it all now....

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  7. Fabulous, Steve... I love seeing the quilt designs/squares on the barns... They say there are lots of those Quilt Barns around Tennessee---but I seldom see them...Maybe I need to be more observant.
    Betsy

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  8. One of my bunco bitch friends just participated in the Iowa bike ride. I'm hoping she saw these quilts as well. We'll see next bunco if she had the same eye as you.

    Welcome to the Midlife Jobhunter. I'm kind of all over the place at this time in my life.

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  9. Great serie, Steve ! Beautiful designs. I love this one with the american flag.

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  10. Heehee... a guy with a motorcycle and a love for PIE in our drive shooting the quilt! My favorite is the first one in this selection. Thanks for these Steve... I miss this.

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  11. I will pay attention to these next time, did not know about quilts in barns, very interesting.

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  12. I've heard about doing this but never saw any around here!
    They look wonderful!
    hughugs

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  13. I first saw these "barn quilts" in Pennsylvania on barns of Mennonite and Amish farmers and so always associated this habit with Pennsylvania Dutch farming. It is so cool to see the practice is widely used throughout the midwest. I like the last quilt, looks like a leaf, the best.

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  14. Sure puts some nice color on those barns!! What a grand idea!! I love all your photos!!

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  15. I had no idea about this tradition. What a great idea.

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  16. They are just lovely to look at! each and everyone of them!

    Thanks
    Leontien

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  17. Is this an Iowa thing? I've seen only a few around here in Bluff Country.

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  18. Love the barn quilts. I don't think I've seen any around this area.

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  19. Way cool. Who does them. the 4H kids or the farmers themselves? Or an itinerant quilt artist?

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  20. Steve, even though the VA eastern shore is a farming area, I have never seen a barn quilt anyplace here. The closest I've come to seeing any has been when we visit family in Lancastrer, PA. Your shots are wonderful!

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  21. A great collection of barn quilts. It's nice to see what different folks like to display. Thank you.. and your little dog too. ;)

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  22. that's awesome, they've all got so much character. I love it. Great idea for photos - glad you posted 'em!

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  23. I loved seeing your blog post. I'm an author who writes Christian romance novels with quilt related themes. My next will feature a quilt barn painter. My husband and I follow quilt trails when we travel. There are many pics on our website. Thanks for sharing some of yours in this post today. I'm glad you popped up on my Google alert.

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  24. These are so cool! I am sharing your post link with some other friends of mine. They will get a kick out of seeing these photos!

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  25. These are really great I've never seen a quilt displayed on a barn before. It would be interesting to know all the names of the patterns. I recognize some of them. Great post.

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