An American barn tends to get me thinking about my childhood, where I had the opportunity to visit my Grandparents’ farms and watch the “hay” grow, while waiting for summer to pass. Ok, it was also full of exciting things like riding horses in beautiful fields and forests, swimming in lakes & streams, eating freshly picked watermelon or corn, catching fireflies, etc.. And, where I enjoyed many special 4th of July celebrations!
I always loved the barns on my Grandparents’ farms, as well as seeing barns on other farms. To this day, whenever I see a barn it brings me a sense of joy and pride. And I even get more excited when I see a quilt painted on a barn, aka “barn quilt”. Needless to say, I was very excited when I heard Eleanor Burns had written “Quilt Blocks on American Barns“, and published by Quilt in a Day.
Anyone that is familiar with Quilt in a Day, knows that to pass Eleanor’s stamp of approval for publication, this book will be of extremely high quality, with great instructions, visuals, and tips. And Eleanor always does a great job providing insights that will help a beginner quilter, as well as provide tips and insights for quilters of all levels.
This book is dedicated to Donna Sue Groves, Founder of the Quilt Barn Project. Until reading this book, I didn’t know that the barn quilt trend began in 2001 in Manchester, Ohio when Donna Sue painted a quilt block on the family’s barn to honor her mother, an avid quilter! The local community joined in and soon painted quilt blocks on their barns. These barns have now become tourist’s attractions with maps pinpointing each barn location. And, more and more communities are joining the fun.
There is a great collection of beautiful quilts made with designs from various barn quilts, as well as many artistic quilts that capture the barn quilt spirit. A variety of designs for all, along with interesting insights about each.
You’ll find insights to help with fabric selection and supplies. There are excellent instructions with great visuals for cutting, including fussy cutting and raw edge applique along with many more tips.
There are 16 beautiful block patterns that could be used to make a variety of quilts, wallhangings, table toppers, or other quilted items, and 7 projects that ranged in size from table topper or wallhanging to a good size throw. All written with the high quality instructions and visuals that Eleanor and Quilt in a Day are known for.