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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Barn Quilts

If you have ever taken a drive and noticed a painted quilt block on a barn you may have wondered what it was. The size of the quilt squares vary, most measure 8 feet. These blocks are painted and hung on the exterior of a barn, house, garage or other out building. Barn quilts are comprised of simple geometric shapes, like squares, rectangles and triangles. Solid colors are most often used, though you may notice that some have been panted to look like printed fabric.

Fabric quilts can all tell a story of their unique history. Barn quilts are able to do the same. Barns are not painted back in the day and were decorated with different types of folk art. Quilt blocks were often used. People would choose certain blocks to reflect particular meanings. The early 2000s would bring this fashion back to the barns. A quilt trail exist and was started in Ohio. The trail consists of many barn quilts that are mapped together and visited. A map will direct your path through the country side.

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