Barn Quilts

My in-laws live in a small northern Ontario town. On our way up from southern Ontario we pass many farms. As a quilter I have noticed many barns that have “barn quilts” on them and have always wondered about the significance and admired the beauty and uniqueness of each block. I have wondered if they were wood or fabric pieces too. Perhaps there were a few of each as we zipped by.

Sewing with Nancy recently posted about barn quilts and it intrigued me to do some searching. Interestingly enough, there are  actual Ontario Barn Quilt Trails.

Have you noticed barn quilts before? What is your reaction to them?

Photo Credit: Quilts & Home Decor blog

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  1. I’ve seen a lot of old barns but never with a Barn Quilt. What a wonderful surprise!
    Thank you for sharing your post this week at Brag About It Link Party on VMG206. I’m featuring you at Next Weeks Brag About It Link Party, Monday at midnight!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

    1. Thank you so much for featuring me! I thought barn quilts are a nice twist on the traditional type. Now I seem to notice them everywhere I go. I’m sure you will too!
      P.S. Thank you for letting me know I’ll be featured. Often blog parties don’t tell me and I only find out by visiting them the next week. It’s really appreciated (the feature and the notice!).

  2. What a lovely barn quilt! I have seen them back East in Amish country and I miss them. Thanks for sharing them with us at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy. Connecting with you on Instagram! 🙂

  3. Oh my! This looks so amazing. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you so much for being a part of our party. We really appreciate you! I hope to see you on tonight at 7 pm. Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  4. They make me smile and think about the beauty of days gone by. I live in an area of Western North Carolina where there are over 200 “Quilt Trail” blocks on houses, businesses, and barns. It is a way to attract tourists, and most of the designs have significance for the owners. There is even a publication with maps and stories of the blocks. It makes for a very interesting countryside.

  5. We visited your Beautiful countryside this summer, driving and camping around the North Shore of Lake Superior. It has been a long time since we encountered such friendly, thoughtful, and helpful people! Canada will be our destination again soon. We noticed how sensibly and agreeably people lived and conducted themselves and how, when visiting natural features and parks, there were few barriers set up so that visitors could get as near as desired to the sights. A nice gesture that seemed to say, “You know how to take care of yourself and we trust you to do so.”

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