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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

TWO BARNS -- TWO QUILT SQUARES -- ESTILL COUNTY



This transverse barn was found along Red Lick Road in Estill County as well as the barn below. They both sport eye popping graphic quilt patterns. The idea of quilt squares on barns grew out of Ohio in 2001 and it seems as if it has been growing exponentially ever since in Kentucky. 


Now quilt squares can be found in several states. I don't know if they are as prolific as they are here, One thing I do know is that they sure light up the country side 


12 comments:

  1. There are quite a few quilt barns in my county. I need to get out and photograph a few more. These are some nice shots. I always enjoy seeing these decorated barns when I am out and about.

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    2. Michelle -- OK I will start again. Your area probably has some lovely quilt squares. Would be great to see them in some posts. I also really enjoy seeing them as I drive around. -- thanks barbara

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  2. I would love to see a barn with quilt squares on it. Who paints them?

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    2. Dee -- Here is a link that will begin to explain about how the squares are made:

      http://ces3.ca.uky.edu/madisonquilttrail/

      I do know that volunteers paint many of them.

      By following links you should be able to find lots of info on them.

      -- barbara

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  3. I love the quilt blocks on barns - these were interesting, each for a different reason. The top one treated the quilt "pieces" like print fabric -- I've never seen that on a barn block before. They're always solid colors. The second one was interesting for it's seeming newness on a barn with quite faded pain on it's slats. Sometimes your photos make me think Kentucky must be the most visually interesting state in the USA.

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    1. June -- You are very observant. I saw that fabric look and wondered how they achieved it. Of course there wasn't anyone near to ask. If I do find out I will let you know. I believe the second one is rather new. The last time I was down the this road it was not there which was maybe a year or so ago. Central Kentucky is very visually interesting with its gorgeous natural beauty and its traditional heritage still on the landscapes. Yet the traditional landscape is changing fast. I hope to write a post about this in the future. thanks -- barbara

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  4. Aren't those fun!!! If I ever see any, here in Kansas, I'll be sure to take a pic of them.

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    1. turquoisemoon -- they sure draw your attention when you do see them -- in a very tasteful way I think -- thanks -- barbara

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  5. They are to be all over rural southeastern Minnesota (Bluff Country) now...:)

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    1. troutbirder -- wonderful that Bluff County has lots of them. I hope you are enjoying them. We have mostly black barns here which provides a nice background for them. It would be nice to see the squares on other barn colors. thanks barbara

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