barn quilt Nancy Zieman's BlogJust as fabric quilts have their own history, so do barn quilts. Before paint was readily affordable, some creative farmers decorated their building with leftover paint depicting different types of folk art, often including quilt block designs. In early 2000, the barn quilt trend was reinvented, now the movement is growing exponentially.
See more about the impact of Barn Quilts in our local area on this featured piece by Wisconsin Public Television:

One year, for Christmas, I received a gift certificate from my mom for a barn quilt to hang on our fourth-generation family farm. Mom got the idea after reading that Menasha, WI High School drawing and painting students under the direction of Erin Culligan planned to design and make 20 wooden barn quilts as part of their semester assignment. She immediately signed up!

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I drew out a design—obvious, why I chose a spool—and emailed it to the art teacher. The High School class began painting in January.
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The two sections of the 8′ x 8′ barn quilt were delivered this spring.
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Several weeks ago, relatives who own the right equipment, were given the task to assemble their first quilt. Lucky for them, this quilt is made of wood. No 1/4″ seam allowances necessary!
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Barn Quilt, Nancy Zieman's BlogThe final touch, my moms idea, was to add above the window the year the homestead was settled—1883. My great-grandparents Theodore and Alice Larson were the first settlers; followed by my  grandparents Loyall and Georgina Larson; my parents Ralph and Barbara Luedtke then owned the farm; and now my husband and I are pleased to keep this homestead in the family. It is filled with history and wonderful memories.
barn quilt Nancy Zieman's BlogMany thanks to my mom, Barbara, and my step-father, Warren, for the terrific gift!
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Photos courtesy of Wendy Brockman.
This barn quilt block is also the inspiration for the quilt pattern Nancy’s Spool Quilts, available at Nancys NotionsRead more about this quilt and its construction on this recent blog post.
Nancy's Spool Quilts pattern | Traditional Quilt | Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy | Half Square Triangles

Learn More About Barn Quilts

Last year I interviewed  Suzi Parron, author of “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement.” Watch the Sewing With Nancy interview online.

 Barn quilts Nancy Zieman and Suzi Parron on Sewing With Nancy

For a chance to win a copy of Nancy’s Spool Quilts pattern and No-Hassle Triangles Gauge from Clover, please leave a comment sharing what quilt pattern/design will you be working on this fall/winter?

For fun, post a photo of your favorite barn quilt on my Facebook page or email it to [email protected].

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