Because I am a crazy quilter and instructor, I had to have a crazy quilt block. I have an extensive collection of Victorian crazy quilts and Victorian booklets about crazy quilting and embroidery. Years ago, enamored of one particular drawn block in a booklet, I had to create it.
Here is the drawing from the book.
The Victorians assumed you knew how to piece and embroider a block. (If you don't know how, that's why I give lessons!!)
This is my interpretation of the block. All hand pieced and embroidered.
I thought this block would make a terrific Quilt Barn block.
Next, I drew the lines for the patches and started painting.
The barn was red with white doors. That wouldn't go with the new block! For a few years, discussions had been had about painting the barn plum anyway. Now seemed like a good time to do it! So, the doors became Hunter Green and the body of the barn is Canadian Black Raspberry. Did I mention the house is painted Rose with Wine and Buttercream trim and a Hunter Green roof? I only got the front and one side done for this year. Next year, I'll paint the rest!
There are already several more Quilt Barn Blocks in various stages in Schoharie County!! We hope more will join in the fun. When there are 40 or so barns with the quilt blocks, a pamphlet will be made so you can take a driving tour throughout the county, looking for the wonderful designs. And maybe stop for a bite to eat along the route, shop, enjoy the gorgeous views and relish the country life.
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