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Re: what can you all tell me about the quilt square decorations on barns
« Reply #20 on: September 14, 2022, 07:40:44 PM »
I think it was in that article they mentioned at least one instance of the Mexican people sending the bounty hunters packing.
Just south of here in the NC upper piedmont was another station on the underground railroad. Winston-Salem and Bethabara were early Moravian towns. The governor had to call out troops to put down peace rallies there twice during the war.

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Re: what can you all tell me about the quilt square decorations on barns
« Reply #21 on: September 19, 2022, 08:20:02 PM »
My wife was looking for a barn quilt for our little barn after seeing several on barns around here.I knew it was a matter of time until she found one for sale and I would have to foot the bill.I found a pattern that didn’t seem to difficult and made one.I bought a sheet of 1/2” exterior plywood and cut it in half and framed out the back with 2x2s.I think the pattern is called turkey tracks.Not to hard to make,just takes time letting different colors dry and a lot of tape.

 
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Re: what can you all tell me about the quilt square decorations on barns
« Reply #22 on: September 19, 2022, 09:00:07 PM »
Well golly gee, thanks for that. My wife was walking by when that photo was up on the screen and she said "Yeah, I like that, wanted one for a long time but exterior plywood is so expensive."
 Guess what just got added to my list. :D >:(
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Re: what can you all tell me about the quilt square decorations on barns
« Reply #23 on: September 19, 2022, 09:39:48 PM »
Tom you only have to use 1/2 sheet so you can make two and sale the other one to pay for the plywood  :laugh:I ended up using my other 1/2 sheet to make another one for my sister-in-law to save my brother from having to buy one.
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Re: what can you all tell me about the quilt square decorations on barns
« Reply #24 on: September 21, 2022, 07:04:46 PM »
Funny, all the people moving out of Toronto and buying up old barns go on and on about how they have to have one of those “authentic” barn quilts. They never existed here 10 years ago, somebody must have put the first one up for a laugh
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Re: what can you all tell me about the quilt square decorations on barns
« Reply #25 on: September 24, 2022, 09:34:35 PM »
They just had the regular kind at the farm museum today, but it was pretty cool to see that many very nice quilts in one place. 



 



 
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Re: what can you all tell me about the quilt square decorations on barns
« Reply #26 on: September 25, 2022, 03:56:24 AM »
Interesting story. I can imagine some patterns are actually hand woven to. Some of them were named after events, by shape or by fancy. Quilt patterns are 19th and early 20th C, I would think. Weaving goes back much further before the Industrial Revolution provided cloth on bolts for the masses. ;)
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« Reply #27 on: September 25, 2022, 04:04:33 AM »
I think the pattern is called turkey tracks.
Wild Goose Chase I believe.
Turkey tracks is a hand woven rug pattern with rags.


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« Reply #28 on: September 25, 2022, 08:32:14 AM »
I sleep every night under a quilt sewn by my MIL. The one my Mom sewed was getting a bit tacky.  I dislike heavy covers unless it's really cold()like we sleep every winter by choice), then I switch to a filled cover.
As I'd mentioned former first lady of KY, Phyllis George was heavily involved with crafts promotion here and nationwide. She knew it was a tradition and a cultural feature of our people. Her hope was that KY folk could cash in on crafts as well. It was well intentioned but less than a huge money maker for many here who had lost that skill set, like hand sewn quilts. Like find someone now who can perform basic alterations on their clothes let alone make thousands of tiny stitches or create a new winter coat from cloth, or who has the time it takes if they could.
NYC has a folk museum with quilts that date way back, the national quilt museum is in Paducah, KY thus the annual quilt pilgrimage there by quilt folks.
Near me the Morehead State U Folk Art Center features quilts- and IMO far too many folk wood carvings as they ignore the carvers that are immensely talented but don't qualify as "folk". The Southern Highland Craft Guild Center in Apex, NC is my idea of the epitome of American crafts from this eastern mtn. region and includes most of the top level crafts of many types.
My wife collected rags some years back and braided several rugs-it's hard work! Wool suits were the better choice and so much polyester cloth made it hard to find the good pieces
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