Showing posts from September, 2023

Sept 19th Claasss at Turner's Table!

This was a fun day!   Lots of light.  Lots of paint and LOTS of smiles!  


 Here is link to my youtube videos.  Many tips on techniques and ideas.  Enjoy, and send feedback!  Jeff TheBarnQuilter videos

Custom Barn Quilts available!

 Custom, hand painted Barn Quilts! Barn Quilts have been my artform for about 5 years.  I have painted many for my own display and I host classes throughout the region. If you would like a panel painted for your own display, that is simple to arrange and can be done within just a few days.  Available sizes are any dimension up to 8' (96") square.  Standard sizes are 24", 30", 36", 48" and 60". These are painted on durable aluminum laminate and are expected to last 50+ years.  This is the same material used for signage across the nation, including state and national parks.  It is 3mm thick and is easy to mount on any wall.  Typically they are installed on fences, barns, she-sheds, doors or even fence posts. You can select designs from this website or from any quilt book or website on the internet.  Just send a photo to me at or by text message to 717-620-9676. The price varies with the size and complexity and will be quoted when you s

Index of Illinois Barn Quilt trails.

  This is going to take some time, but it's interesting while in progress.  I'll add links to various places as I go.  There may be some duplication.  Contributions are welcome. Here in Williamson County!  Link to interactive map <<< Jeff General map <<< Bloomington-Normal <<< Bond County (article) <<< Bureau County <<< Carrol County <<< Calhoun County <<<    City of Fulton <<< Dewitt County <<<    Edwards County (Salem area) <<<    Jefferson County <<< Kankakee County <<< Marion, IL,  Tru Bilt  Buildings dealer  Marion county <<< McHenry County <<< McLean County<<< Whiteside County <<< Will County <<<

Local Barn Quilt map

Local Barn Quilt   map    <<< Click on the link to see the detailed map with photos. Instructions: I will be adding to this map when my students provide an image and location of their Barn Quilts. Pictures and locations can be sent to me at  or text to 717-620-9676. If you go for a drive, please respect their privacy. Happy Trails!    Jeff

Quilt blocks as messages to hoboes.

  Historian Report: The Use of Quilt Designs to Communicate with Hoboes Introduction: Throughout history, communication has taken many forms, adapting to the needs and circumstances of different groups of people. One fascinating example of this is the use of quilt designs as a means of communication with hoboes during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In this report, we will explore the origins, purpose, and significance of this unique form of communication. Origins of Quilt Designs as Communication: The use of quilt designs as a means of communication with hoboes, commonly referred to as "hobo code," is believed to have emerged in the United States during the time of the Great Depression. During this period, many individuals found themselves traveling across the country in search of employment and sustenance. To navigate the challenges they faced, hoboes developed a system of symbols and signs that could be understood by their fellow travelers. Purpose and Function: Th

Review of "Love's Blossom"

  The history of the quilt pattern "Love's Blossom" is fascinating. It originated in the late 19th century, a time when quilting was not only a practical craft but also an expressive art form. The pattern gained popularity during the Victorian era, known for its emphasis on sentimentality and symbolism. "Love's Blossom" embodies these ideals by featuring intricate floral designs, often arranged in a symmetrical layout. The pattern symbolizes the blooming of affection and connection, reflecting the societal values of the time. As quilting evolved through the 20th century, "Love's Blossom" remained a cherished design, passed down through generations as a testament to enduring love and relationships. Its timeless appeal continues to captivate modern quilters, including yourself, as you bring this historical motif to life with your unique Barn Quilt painting techniques. Your work truly pays homage to the rich legacy of this pattern while adding you