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Beautiful barn quilts

Draw inspiration from these amazing quilts and create one for your barn!
  • From billboards to quilt blocks

    Decades ago, farm buildings doubled as open-air canvases. In the early 1900s, farmers were paid for the use of their barns as roadside ads to promote tobacco, feed, and grain products. Hundreds of barns on Route 66 beckoned travelers to Missouri's Meramec Caverns. Today, quilt blocks are transforming barns into colorful local landmarks and carving out new trails for rural tourism.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • The road less traveled

    As barn quilts become more popular from coast to coast, communities are beginning to market the roadside art as a tourist destination. Several counties in Iowa offer printed barn tour maps. The Appalachian Quilt Trail weaves its way through Ohio, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Kentucky. Signs along Interstates invite drivers to get off the beaten path for a while and tour the countryside.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Special occasion

    Earl and Betty Lindgren's children and grandchildren presented them with this double wedding ring quilt block for their barn near Pilot Mound, Iowa, to mark the couple's sixtieth wedding anniversary.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Not just for barns

    After Mary Crawford saw the Iowa barn quilt blocks in our sister publication, <I>Successful Farming</I> magazine, her gaze fixed on a vacant hog house near the road on her Beaver Creek, Minnesota, farm. Instead of a single quilt block, she painted 10 six-foot-square blocks on the building. "I thought it'd be fun if each had a farm theme," she says. "Now when I see a barn, I envision a quilt block painted in splendid colors for all to enjoy."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Making the old new again

    Barn quilts can either be painted on a piece of plywood and attached to the building, or painted right on the barn itself, like this dual star quilt in Adams County, Ohio. The weathered barn boards were painted white only where the quilts would go, to provide a base.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Do it yourself

    The owners of this shed near St. Joseph, Missouri, designed their own quilt block pattern. You can design your own, or find one online. There are many sites that offer free quilt block patterns, and any of them could be painted on a barn rather than stitched together with fabric.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Personalize it

    Take a standard quilt block pattern and make it your own. The owners of this barn near Champaign, Ohio, included their initial on the border of this colorful cardinal.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Modern country

    This modern-looking quilt block goes beautifully with the rustic barn and background on this Grundy County, Iowa, farm. Traditional quilt patterns are great, but it's fun to try something unique!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Crow's nest

    There are more than 45 barn quilts near Caledonia, Minnesota, including this classic crow's nest pattern.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • A barn quilt

    This barn quilt in Vinton County, Ohio, is a good example of a simple pattern that makes a big impact. With four colors of paint and some masking tape, you could recreate this design for your own barn.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Fisherman barn quilt

    The quilt on this Alcona County, Michigan, farm includes a little fisherman painted in the middle. What a fun way to highlight a favorite hobby!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012

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