Friday, October 9, 2009

Barn Quilts & the Crooked Man...

I first read about these Barn Quilts in a magazine MaryJane's Farm magazine. I found they whole idea of displaying a "quilt" on your barn wonderful- quilts are usually made from scraps from a family or community- so what better way than to share your work with your community!

Here is a brief history of Barn Quilts:
In 1989 Donna Sue Groves and her mother purchased a farm in Adams County, Ohio. On the farm was a tobacco barn. Donna Sue promised her mother that someday she would paint a quilt square on it for her. As the years passed she kept thinking about her tobacco barn and the quilt square that she had promised to paint. The Adams County Quilt Barn Sampler project was officially dedicated to honor Donna Sue's mother Nina Maxine Groves. Over the past ten years, the National Quilt Trail is rapidly spreading across Ohio to Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Iowa, and North Carolina and beyond. Over 400 colorful quilt squares adorn barns, flood walls and other significant community structures.

While I was in Kentucky, my friend Linda took me sightseeing in her VW convertible. Off we went through winding roads umbrella-ed by trees, up and down rolling hills, winding around onto dirt roads, seeking these fabulous barn quilts!
The Quilts:
Notice what is unique to Kentucky is that most of the fences and barns are painted a mellow color of black!

The Crooked Man who lives in a Crooked House.
Linda drove me by this funny little house and luckily the funny little man was outside too! He has been there forever and being the community that Berea is, neighbors do check in on him...

There was a crooked man and he walked a crooked mile,
He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile.
He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse.
And they all lived together in a little crooked house.

until next week...

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