Saturday, July 24, 2010

Kentucky Memories

I did mean to head out into barn quilt world this summer, but a ruptured Achilles tendon has had me laid up for the past six weeks and left me with nothing but my memories. Good thing I have a lot of great memories!

Scott County, Kentucky has a fabulous quilt trail--a full day's worth of beautiful quilted black barns.

This particular barn has a quilt on each end, both based on the same cloth quilt, which hangs from a railing inside. It seems that the woman who owns the quilt always thought that the pattern was five blocks, so she wanted the barn quilt painted that way. Her husband said no, he saw four squares!

What to do but to have one painted on each end of the barn, in the two different configurations? (Though, to match the quilt, the 4 squares would have to be hung on point)

The barn is visible just outside the window, so you can see both the cloth quilt and the painted quilt at the same time. Guess which quilt square is on the end of the barn facing the house? Well, it's her quilt, after all.


  1. I've just posted about these wonderful barns and put a link to your blog. So happy to have found it! I mentioned that I have plans to put up a block on our barn here on Cumberland Island Nat. Seashore! :)

  2. Love this one! Sorry to hear you are laid up, but at least you got the leg work done for the book before this happened. Get well soon.

  3. I love your blog! I found you this morning through Sandra of The Cumberland Island Quilt Chick blog.
    I am a Kentuckian (my whole 46+ years life) and plan to do a quilt on my dad's barn. The farm has been his for over 35 years and his grandfather's since 1932 and his greatgrandfather's before that.

  4. Ladies, please do send along some photos when you get your blocks up.

    Susan, I hope you get to make that trip to TN soon--look forward to hearing about it!