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Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Barn Quilts!  It's a Pennsylvania thing, not a Texas or a Montana thing.  The painted designs are on houses, old barns, stores.  Here are just a few.

This one is on a lovely home on Church Street, New Milford, PA.
This cobblestone home is also on Church Street and the Daisy Basket Antique Shop is behind it.
Lynn Lee House B&B in New Milford, PA.  has a quilt.  I have never stayed here, but the people at the  Erie Canal School House in Albion, NY said this was an excellent place to stay with an amazing breakfast.
You can call this number if you want to make a reservation.  I recommend it.
The Lynn-Lee guest house. 
Another lovely place on Church Street in New Milford, PA.
Colorful isn't it?  This is in downtown Wyalusing, PA.
Wyalusing has the best looking trash containers!
A store front in historic Wyalusing, PA.
Barn quilt squares originated in Colonial America with the Amish, Mennonites, Lutherans and other people from the Rhine area in Germany, who came to America for religious freedom, and settled in Pennsylvania.  These early settlers painted designs on their barns.  In the early 2000s the barn quilt art really took off.  Donna Sue Groves, from Adams County, Ohio started the first  "barn quilt trail."  She wanted to honor her mother's Appalachian background by painting a quilt on the barn.  The idea grew from one barn quilt to twenty along a driving trail so tourists could enjoy the art.  The websites at the end of the blog have more detailed information about barn quilt trails.  There is information about making your own barn quilt. I  didn't find these examples on a trail in Eastern Pennsylvania.  They are just random along the many winding roads that I traveled and enjoyed. 

1 comment:

  1. There is a small town just outside Helena that has these on most of the buildings. Love them!