Quilt patterns on barns date back to colonial America. After the colonists became established and had spare income, they painted small patterns on the ends of the barns as a way to celebrate their heritage.
In 2001, a woman named Donna Sue started what are now the oversized, brightly colored barn quilts appearing on barns throughout the US. Regions and local communities have attracted tourists with their Barn Quilt Trails.
My sister in WY is an artist, and I admire her beautiful work (above). As a quilter, I wanted to give one a try. Now I'm addicted! They give me joy, work my brain, and the colors are fun.
Why not add life to your home!
Would you like one (or more!)?
Since the Cardinal showed up, admirers have asked for one, just their size!
Commissioned by a friend; it's taken flight to its nesting place in Canada.
One flew to Manchester NH before it made it to the Gallery! Another is here. Come see!
I saw this image, and was curious how I'd create the moon. Barn quilts have opened my mind to new ways to create images.
A client asked, "can you do loons?" Of course! Created the image in our minds, and then the challenge was creating the crisp lines that are my trademark. Four different ways to stencil on this piece - Figuring out how was a joy! Step by step!
Saw this image - can I do it? Sure enough! Some day it will morph into a longer piece! For now, this was fun!
Barn quilts don't have to be square. Many designs can readily be made in the round.
White + 2 colors
White + 3 colors
Sometimes a design lends it to a different point of view.
Off white + 6 colors
This is 36" tall and 63" wide - serving as a headboard in a small cabin - it covers the (unsightly) electric box!
Placemats on canvas.
Designed for style and durability - able to wipe clean after sloppy diners!
This is a 4' tall, 2' wide hinged plant tent under the eaves at my home - protecting the boxwood from getting pounded by the falling snow.
All new creations - 12" - 18" - prices range based on size and complexity of design. Except for Spiral and Ohm, all are $125-$175.
My friend in Palo Alto CA wanted a gift to honor her son - she commissioned this design, chose the colors, and now it is proudly on display at his station.
Her son, Dwight Henninger,
Chief of Police, Vail CO
Enthusiasm was so great in Vail that my friend, a friend at Vail PD and I, along with Lyme's Chief have created a way for you to recognize your local law enforcement through a gift of a barn quilt like this.
Chief of Police, Lyme, NH
He gets the credit for the name:
“Do the Right Thing,”
Lyme PD's motto!
Want one? I'll send instructions to make one or I will make one for you to gift to your Department.
Drop me a note for details!
Our friend, Pete, donated a BQ to his Chief in Rumford ME. Chief Tony Milligan, Pete Everett, Sergeant James Bernard
BCX plywood, sealed, all surfaces, to keep the elements out; two base coats of exterior Ben Moore, all surfaces + your colors plus three coats of MasterSupreme clear satin sealer. Takes up to a month for delivery. Installation not included. Shipping extra.
Base color + three additional colors; pricing for more or fewer colors varies. Can also be created as 3’x3’ and 2’x2’. (~$385 and ~$285, respectively)
Base color + two additional colors; pricing for more or fewer colors or design complexity varies.
Base color + six additional colors; pricing for more or fewer colors or design complexity varies.
What does your heart want? What does your special space call for? What colors will create the right spirit?
Similar process, Baltic Birch and custom cut; pricing as with Fussy Work items.
Based on size, shape, wood choice, number of colors. Small sample to show all your colors can be prepared in advance of your final color choices.
This BQ was created in two pieces to accommodate opposing sliding hay doors!
Above all, I enjoy working with you to create a lasting treasure for you and your home!