Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Priceless Community Art

Just recently I posted a photo of a Mail Pouch barn and had said I hoped to find more. Last week on a day trip I came across another of the historic structures. This one sits in Friendly, West Virginia. As I stopped to take a picture of the barn I noticed another small outbuilding beside the residence behind the barn. On the side of the building you will notice a quilt pattern. I’m not positively sure of the pattern’s name but suspect it is a variation of something called “girl’s choice.” On the other hand I could be completely wrong. My dear mother-in-law was the quilter in the family. I’m sure she’s shaking her head up there in quilter’s heaven and disowning me for my lack of knowledge!
Last year my mother had given me a magazine that ran a short article about these quilt patterns on barns in the state of Iowa. Barns play an important role in Iowan heritage. With quilting being another part of that heritage, quilt blocks on barns seem to go hand in hand. This link, http://www.barnquilts.com/2359.html, will take you on a virtual tour of actual photos of the displayed barn quilts in Sac County, Iowa.
Apparently this endeavor has begun in several communities across the nation. The original idea may have begun in the state of Ohio. In addition to Iowa and Ohio, parts of Kentucky and Tennessee have also jumped on the barn quilt wagon. On one of my first day trips after moving back here to West Virginia last summer I spotted my first quilt barn down the hillside from the interstate. At the time I didn’t carry my camera everywhere I went. Shame on me; and yes, I’ve learned my lesson! Knowing there are two here in West Virginia I’m certainly going to be on the lookout for more priceless community art ~ and with camera in hand!

7 comments:

George Townboy said...

Very cool. I love that kind of art.

I get so mad at myself if I don't have my camera with me!

fishing guy said...

Carletta: Great shots. That barn looks as if it was recently painted. Friendly, WV - What a great name.

Carla said...

Oh, I've got to get out to take some barn photos. Love that "quilt barn!"

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hi Carletta, Thank you for letting me know about Penny's post. I'll scoot right over there. How interesting about the barns. I had never heard of either tradition. Isn't it amazing how we won't go anywhere without our cameras anymore? Have a great week and Easter weekend~ ~ Lynn

Rue said...

I love old barns. You took some great pics!
Rue :)

Sonia said...

Wow! Your banner/header is just gorgeous! Love your blog and the music is very nice, too!

fireflynights said...

I've seen many Mail Pouch barns and probably thousands of other barns in various states, but never noticed one with a quilt pattern on it. Very interesting. Will have to look more closely next time I'm in West Va. and Ohio.