I wanted to share some sites I've discovered that are interesting and/or useful.
These sites show the patterns for all the national parks in the United States. I've made the Mt. Rainier National Park Square on a live edge basswood block (see in gallery). What a great souvenir of a trip!
My curiosity about how quilting is adapted by different cultures was fed with this article about quilting coming to the Hawaiian Islands in 1820.
To see the 50 state quilt block patterns go to:
Barn Quilts of Nova Scotia:
Alphabetical list of barn quilt names at:
Helderberg Quilt Barn Trail, New York
Hi! Welcome to my barn quilt journal/journey! Today I hung 7 boards at the Gull Harbor Mercantile in North Olympia. It's very exciting for me. The display looks great!
I am planning my May trip to Nebraska. One of the stops will be in Cozad, Nebraska, where the community has already established a barn quilt trail, and is now creating a display showing the "official" barn quilts for all 50 states. I can't wait to see that! You can read about it at barnquiltsdc.com
That made me wonder where the idea for a quilt block for each state originated. I read on Fairfieldworld.com, "From 1907 to 1912, the American farm and living magazine Hearth and Home invited its readers to contribute pieced cloth blocks that represented their respective states. The request for submissions was extremely successful, and readers sent in any designs that they felt showcased their home state. Selected blocks were photographed and included in the print magazine. The series was discontinued in 1912, but the idea of quilt blocks that represent states has remained popular in American quilting culture." I found The United States Patchwork Pattern Book: 50 Quilt Blocks for 50 States from "Hearth and Home" Magazine from Thriftbooks.com (3.99) and also ordered from Amazon United States Patchwork Patterns Coloring Book (Dover 5.99).