A few years ago, my husband and I took a trip to Oregon with our best friends. Driving through Tillamook, I kept asking them to stop the car every block so I could take a picture of another barn quilt. I was in heaven! And blessed to be with such understanding travel buddies. Last year, we were in Star Valley, Wyoming, and we even took an hour to drive around and see all the barn quilts in the Star Valley Barn Quilt Trail.
So, what is a Barn Quilt? It is a quilt block painted on the side of a building, usually a barn, and it tells the story of the farm, or historical events, and adds visual interest to the countryside.
Earlier this year, Regina and I heard about the Top of Utah Barn Quilt Trail, and were THRILLED to finally have a barn quilt trail where we live. We spent hours on their website looking at all of them, and imagining them in a quilt. We wanted to use about 30 of them, but at 12" per block, that would get huge in nothing flat. Reluctantly, we scaled our selections back to just 12. And then we got to work turning them into fabric blocks. So. Much. Fun!!!
We like to give our quilts names, and while this one may seem redundant, we're calling it "The Barn Quilt Quilt". Seemed appropriate. We wanted our fabric selection to be bright and fun, to honor the barn quilts that inspired them, but to also have a rustic feel, so we went with grunge fabrics for the blocks, mottled fabrics for the sashing, and wood-grain fabric for the borders.
Regina and I would love to have you join us in 2023. Just head over to mygrandmothersquilt.com/shop and choose the membership option that works best for you. Registration is open now, and the first block comes out January 10th. Come join the fun!