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framed in a gallery. This Maple Leaf is created in shades a bit different from what we usually see in cloth quilts, but I think the combination looks stunning against this barn.
Barn quilts are an incredible phenomenon; they stretch from Oregon and California, to Texas, New Jersey, Vermont, and 24 other states! There are also quite a few in Canada.
This one stops traffic. Be careful on the quilt trail--you will be tempted to slam on those brakes at the sight of a splash of color along the road.
In Alcona, Michigan, the goal was for every township to participate, so quilt blocks are mounted on posts at parks and other spots where they are easily viewed. What terrific colors on this one!
Yes, that really is a barn--a wonderful block structure in Kankakee, Illinois. This one has an amusing yet tragic story. It seems that a young man was driving too fast around the curve in front of this barn and drove headlong into it! News of the incident traveled quickly through the community, and one of the first questions asked was, "How's the barn quilt?"
espite the trauma, the artwork survived the crash, as did the young driver. Here, the damage to the barn is carefully hidden behind the tree.
The quilt itself is a classic Fish block, but the "fabric" is quite unusual. Barn owner Chris Doud was inspired by some rather loud circa 1970s neckties of her dad's! You'll have to click on the photo and enlarge it so that you can see the incredible detail in this painting.