Wood Quilts

My take on wood 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.   

Peach and Terracotta for RedBubble - sm
24x24 Garden Trellis - Green Grid
Wild Geese Blues and Yellows
Wild Geese ND
8 pt Star on Cedar
Drunkard Circle in Warm Tones
Green Scrappy Circle

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.