I’ve done posts about wooden quilt blocks hanging on barns, fabric quilts with a barn theme, and even sales held in barns. I love this topic and was happy to visit it again when my friend Margaret sent me information about an event her guild is hosting in West Bend, WI, which includes a lecture on the Barn Quilt Movement, and a class where you can paint your own barn quilt!
Please join the It’s a Stitch Quilt Guild as we host this amazing lecture on August 12th, 2021, at the Jackson Community Center (N165 W20330 Hickory Lane, Jackson, WI 53037) starting with registration at 6pm and lecture beginning at 6:30pm. A dessert bar will be available. Cost to attend is $10 for non-members.
In addition, we are providing a Barn Quilt Painting workshop with limited space availability on Friday, August 13, 2021, at the Jackson Community Center from 9am-3:30pm. The cost is $60 per person and you will go home with a 2’ x 2’ painted barn quilt board of your own. Confirm space availability first before sending payment by emailing Marilyn at
(PS – The above link to Suzi’s site doesn’t work – you can access it by clicking here!)
She followed this information up with a story about the lap quilt she recently made for her brother.
“My brother just turned 70 & still farms the home farm where we grew up (Trempealeau County). I once told him that his red barn with the end facing a state highway would be the perfect place for a “Barn Quilt” … I proceeded to explain, but could tell that was never going to happen! (He has recently told me about seeing one!)
Then I found this panel (in my closet) & decided to make him a “retirement quilt” (even tho he has no intention to retire!) When I looked at this barn, I thought about the name “corn & beans” … which is what he raises on about 1000 acres …
… so … I used that pattern to make a label for the back!
Don’t you just love the way quilters can “personalize” their gift to fit the recipient?!?
Thanks Margaret, for sending photos of this charming quilt and it’s story!
And speaking of charming 😁 – you may remember the quilt I made for my nephew and his wife’s baby girl (click here for that story). They recently sent me this email and photo:
“Roan Mary loves her quilt. She loves looking at the colors! We use it nearly every day.”
What a cutie! It’s so wonderful to know our quilts are being used and enjoyed!