Red Barns

It’s funny how chance encounters create life-long interests. My friend Ann Anastasio made several barn quilts because she liked how barn design differ from state to state. I barely noticed that barns had design, much less that they vary. Now I watch for barns (I also watch for big rigs since that long trip through Nevada with nothing to see but trucks, but that’s a story for another day). Suzi Parron has a redwork kit of barns that are darling, and when she spoke at AVQ I bought one on a lark.

These designs come from her travels on the barn quilt trail, which is different from the barn quilts Ann made. Suzi has written two books about quilt blocks painted on barns or other structures, which you can find on her website.

The block shown above has a horse peeking out the door. There’s something about a critter in a quilt that draws my attention, even if it is just an outline with a French Knot eye.

This next block has a lovely curve to the roof that reminds me of the lines to a boat. I also think of it as Dutch, but I couldn’t tell you why.

Somehow I managed to either use the floss in the kilt wastefully or mislay several strands, because I ran short for the last block. Rather than try to match the color, I decided to turn that bug into a feature. I stitched the outside edges of the barn, the ground, and the foliage in brown, stitched some of the slats in what was left of my red, stitched most of the rest in a dustier red, then stitched the remaining slats and quilt block in a variegated red and brown. Since I had always planned to make separate projects with the blocks, it doesn’t matter that this one is different from the other three.

Luck and wisdom!

Author: Lani Longshore

Quilter, writer, chocoholic, black belt (karate), killer of houseplants, reader of maps (and I still get lost)

2 thoughts on “Red Barns”

  1. It’s interesting to know there are different styles of barns. I grew up on a farm and we had the standard looking barn, anyway, standard to our community. These samples are great.

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