Last week Tom and I decided to drive over to beautiful Adams County in southern Ohio. (This is only about an hour and a half away from our home.) Adams County was named after the US's 2nd president, John Adams.
In 2001 residents of Adams County began painting quilt squares on barns to create the "Adams County Quilt Sampler". The painted quilts are typically 8 feet by 8 feet. There are now at least 40 quilts painted on barns in the area.
Since this idea was first conceived, it has expanded to other parts of our country. Today over 100 counties in 30 states have quilt barn trails creating a "clothesline of quilts". How cool is that?
I read somewhere that it would take two full days just to find the quilt barns in Adams County. Judging from the amount of time it took to find the ones we did, I certainly believe that. Many of the quilt barns are off the beaten track, and even with an address some of them can be challenging to find. Many of the little country roads are not on a GPS. Plus there was a bridge that was closed.
Here are some of the "quilt barns" we saw on our trip.
|Star of the East (or Bronze Star)|
Since our return home, I've found lots of photos of quilt barns on-line. Here is a link to photos of Ohio quilt barns, and here is a link to photos of quilt barns in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
And here are a few more photos from Adams County.
Tom has been gone all week at a chemistry meeting in California. I decided to use this time to complete a new teaching design which will premier in April for the Sampler Guild of the Rockies in Colorado. Next year they will be celebrating their guild's 20th anniversary. I was honored when they asked me to teach three classes for them--A Needleworker's Sampler Huswif, Long May She Wave, and a new project.
The new project is a Jacob's Ladder style needlebook. I still need to pick out a dupioni silk lining, an overdyed ribbon for the inside, and wool for the needlepage. Once the piece is assembled, I'll post some photos. I may need your help naming the project.
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I wish everyone a great weekend. It will be a scorcher here!