Quilts Find a Place On My Barn


One Foot in the CityLast summer I took a recreational drive through the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas. My purpose was to find the many “barn-quilts” along the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail. The beautiful Flint Hills cover more than one county, so such a trip takes a day and offers an opportunity for lunch and even dinner if you doddle. After being distracted by too many of my favorite places, I was only able to document this “Pioneer Star” barn-quilt at Pioneer Bluffs in Matfield Green.

Pioneer Bluffs 

This fall, a representative from the above Quilt Trail organization came to speak at the lunchtime lectures at our Botanical Garden. She brought along the photos of several of the quilts as well as 2-by-2-foot examples. Her purpose in speaking was to issue an invitation to join other counties as they organized their own Quilt Trails AND offered classes – Barn-quilts 101.

2 x 2  

My farm is in Cowley County and their class was already organized. I was able to get into the class, and in November created my first 2-by-2 barn-quilt. I thought regular quilting was addictive, but I was not prepared for the excitement I felt with this project. I signed up for another class for a larger size and produced a “Crown of Thorns” barn-quilt for the barn at my farm. What a wonderful way to introduce others to the farm that has been in my family for more than 100 years.

Crown of Thorns 

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