Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Star Spangled Barn Quilt


Back with another Barn Quilt.
This family picked a Star Spangled block in red white and blue
to honor 4 generations who have served in the military.
And you have a pretty good clue where their ancestors came from.


One of the things I love about this search for barn quilts
is the awareness of how much open space we have here in Kansas.
I love the miles and miles of green fields and big blue sky.




36 comments:

  1. What a cool barn quilt showing some great family history! Love that you're looking for these as you drive around:@)

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    1. Lynn, I have a county map that shows the general location of each of the barns near me. Once I get to the crossroads shown, I can usually find it in a few minutes. The very first barn I saw was just serendipity, though. I fell in love at first sight and knew I was going to have to search for the others.

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  2. I love how big this block is in comparison to the barn! The sky is beautiful in your first photo. I'm glad you're enjoying searching for them. We enjoy seeing them:) Twyla

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    1. And I really enjoy seeing the ones you post, too!

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    1. Yes a wonderful tribute. I read between the lines and realize that these folks must be really hard workers. It could not have been easy to do all the work necessary to keep up the family farm with one less hand, while husband/son/daughter was away serving in the military for 2-3 years.

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  4. Lovely tribute to those who have served our country...and love the fact that their Irish heritage shows through!

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    1. I love that each block is carefully chosen by the family, to reflect something about their lives or something about their farms, that they feel is important.

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  5. A beautiful tribute to those who served. The quilt is amazing, glad you are having fun looking for them

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    1. I wonder if anyone has made up a pattern to make a sampler quilt with all these barn quilt blocks yet? I'll have to check with the local quilt shop that gave me the map to the farms.

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  6. How very pretty! Your photos are always great.

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  7. That's another beauty Gayle.......

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  8. So beautiful . . . so far, how many have you found . . .

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    1. I've seen 7 in this group near me, plus 1 other in a neighboring state.

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  9. So pretty and neat!! It is great that you have these barn quilts around you! Have a lovely day! xo Heather

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    1. I feel lucky to have so many near me. There are 26 on my map, and the local quilt shop owner told me about 3 more. And if I drive two hours to the east or to the west, there are whole new groupings of quilt barns to search out.

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  10. You are quite the hunter. Each one seems more amazing then the next. Love the stories behind them also.

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    1. I love the opportunity to get out in the countryside. And I love quilts. So and these little outings are tailor made for me.

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  11. These barn quilts are a new thing for me other than what I have seen on blogs, mostly yours. How do you know it honoured 4 generations in the military?

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    1. Diane, the county printed up a little brochure with a map and bit of info about each quilt barn. What they produce, tidbits of history, age of the barn, or why the family picked that particular block.

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  12. Very enjoyable! I have never been to your state...maybe someday.

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  13. That's really neat. I've never seen a barn quilt where I live. Or maybe I did and didn't know what it was. It's a neat concept anyway. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Beca, I'm not sure what part of the country you live in, but there is a link to a quilt barn map on the first couple of quilt barn posts I wrote. You could check to see if any are near you.

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  14. I had no idea there were so many of these, or that there were so many different designs. I can image a holiday just going around photographing them. I love the little bit of Ireland on the side of this barn.

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    1. Barbara, there are nearly 30 within an hour of my home. And even more if I want to drive a couple of hours out.

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  15. How very special to be included in such a neat project. Thanks for stopping by CITexas BlogShop...It's been a busy time getting it up and running. Just got a few 'Kids Prints' up....these are some out of production prints that are really neat. Come see.
    Sue

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    1. I really am enjoying it. But I can't claim any rights to the project. It's all someone else's work.

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  16. Beautiful quilt and display. Thanks so much for sharing it.

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  17. Great barn quilts. We have em too here in Ohio. I love your Blog..I'm your newest Friend/Follower
    You'll also find yourself on my blog list! Now that we know where we are Bloglandia...let's not be strangers 8)

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    1. Thank you Melody. I'm pretty sure you have even more of them in Ohio than we do here in this part of the country.

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  18. Well I had never heard of these before! Thank you for sharing Gayle!

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    1. I guess it's a uniquely American thing.

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THANK YOU for your thoughtful comments. Replies to your questions will be posted here, so be sure to check back soon. Have a wonderful day! - Gayle, Garden Of Daisies