My take on barn quilts is a blend of modern technology and traditional quilt patterns. I design all my patterns on the computer before cutting each piece with my laser cutter. The precision allows the patterns to fit together like a puzzle. Each piece is hand painted and glued in place.
I love to mix subtle wood tones with bright splashes of color, mixing stains, water colors, inks and acrylics. Each piece is framed and sealed for protection.
A Brief History
Barn quilts are large wooden squared with quilt block patterns painted on, often with colors or a block associated with a particular family's heritage or business. The concept of decorating a barn to differeniate a family or business started with folk art. When paint became available to the masses in the 1830s barn quilts became a vivid way to advertise a farm. The tradition of the barn quilt was eventually replaced by large painted advertisements. Barn quilts have seen a resurgence in popularity in the last 20 years. In 2001 an Ohio woman painted a large barn quilt to honor her mother's quilts. The idea quickly caught on and barn quilt trails have popped up around the American MidWest.