Monday, April 3, 2017

B is for Barn Quilt

This crazy quilt was made for a show entry in 2008 titled 'Town and Country'.  I made my "Barn Quilt" using old photographs, notions, and trinkets from my ever growing stash of things I just couldn't throw away.  Thank goodness I can't pitch such valuable junk!!!

This block really makes me chuckle.  When my sister saw the quilt, she was quick to tell me that she has 3 napkins that match my sunflowers!  She always wondered where the other one went.  I had always wondered if there were any more hiding in a drawer somewhere!

Each block tells a little story that saves a piece of my family history.  The little coin purse with the R was found in my great grandmother Pearl Reynolds button jar.   

This block includes a picture of my dad and aunt with their 4H projects.  The ribbon was from my son's 4H days, and the pin at the bottom was mine.  3 generations of 4Hers!

Creating the Barn Quilt gave me a chance to learn more about family history.  My uncle was able to tell me stories about some of the pictures and identify people that I had no idea who they were in some of the photos.   With this quilt, I have saved some memories.


  1. It's a literal barn quilt! This is great!! I thought you were referencing the painted barn quilts (which I enjoy seeing around our rural town). That is such a clever idea to use things that you had on hand to create your tactile quilt. I'm happy I found you via the A to Z Challenge. Have added your blog to my reading list.

  2. Very cool. I'm not at all crafty and admire anyone who can put something like this together!

  3. Love this, thank you for sharing. Makes me want to sit down and create something.
    Tinbugs from Travelling Spoons.

  4. What a wonderful quilt you have created - stitching the history of your family into it with all of those mementos. How long it must have taken you. Lovely to have found you through the A to Z Challenge. I will certainly be back for more :) Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace