The Barn Quilt

ImageHere is my favorite picture of the Mader Barn Quilt – The Ohio Star.  So, here’s the story…

My mom and my sister are both avid quilters.  And, by avid, I mean, avid.  Into-it… taking trips for quilt festivals to places like Sisters, Oregon, to see the latest quilt patterns, taking a weekend of classes, and each have an entire CLOSET of neatly organized clear bins filled with quilters fabric, arranged by color, in a dedicated ROOM with their specially designed sewing machine, quilters table, and even a task light with some sort of super power.  So, you get the point, they are quilters.  And, I must say, their quilts are!  Works of art.  Maybe someday I’ll post some photographs of them.  But that’s another blog post.

So about two or three years ago, Mom ran onto an article about the American Barn Quilt movement in the east and mid-west areas of the States.  The idea is to use the barn as the canvas for a painted quilt square, a pattern that may have some meaning to the owner of the barn that it is displayed on.  She even PRE-ordered a book on the subject!  How cute is that??!!!  In Tillamook County, Oregon (think cheese, ice cream and acres and acres of dairies), there are currently 83, and a slew of others on a waiting list, barn quilts dedicated to the dairy farmer’s wives in the region.  I know this, how?  Because Mom and Sis went there last weekend and toured the county, and Mom reported back to me in detail, that’s how!  ;0)

So, Mom loves quilts, loves to quilt, and hey, she knows where to find a barn!  Voila!  Mom decided that the Mader barn needed its own barn quilt.  She went to work doing research to pick just the right quilt pattern that would mean something to her and the family and one that would look like a million bucks on the barn.  Mom’s roots lead back to the Kennoyer name, Jeremiah Kennoyer, who lived in the Ohio region.  It is one branch of Mom’s family that she feels particular connected to, so she happily settled on the Ohio Star pattern.  Next she carefully selected the paint colors to use in her quilt that would honor the pattern and look spectacular on the barn, too!

There’s more to follow about the antics involved in getting the quilt painted, installed and finally for the word to get out.  I feel like I need to design a bumper sticker for her that say’s “Get your quilt on!”

Is anyone curious?  The rest of the story involves a Norman Rockwell vision of an old fashioned soda fountain, too.  Shall I continue, or should I just show you the rest of the pictures I took of the barn and move on?  I would like to hear your thoughts!



7 thoughts on “The Barn Quilt

  1. Cheryl Allman says:

    Hi Kerry,

    I’m Cheryl, wife of Taun Allman, who painted the barn quilt for Dan and Cindi. Dorothy asked me to send you the business card image that I created for Taun for painting barn quilts. I’ll try to send it here. If that doesn’t work, could you email me at the address below and I’ll send it to you in email.

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blogs that Dorothy has shared with me. Great voice!


    Cheryl Allman

    P.S. Ok, I can’t figure out how to send the image here. I’ll email it to you when I hear from you. Thanks!


  2. Kandace Mader says:

    I’d love to hear the rest about the barn quilt. 🙂 And I remember the story about the knife block. Think I might have still been living in AZ at the time.


  3. Louann says:

    Really enjoyed reading your blog about the barn quilt and rain boots. You have a talent for story telling! Keep up the great work.


  4. dan mader says:

    Very cool beginning. Lots more to share about this. Consider an update on the idea for a geocache to see barn quilt. I will send pics.


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