Friday, October 8, 2010

A Barn Quilt For My Sister of my sisters.
This Bears Paw barn quilt was finished for the Arts and Crafts Show. It was done in MSU colors, making it a "Cats Paw", really. It was slightly damaged in transit, so rather than store it, where no one could enjoy it, I found my sister was willing to give it a home, in downtown Indianapolis!

A little Montana State University in the big city! I like it!

A Couple New Barn Quilts!

Here are a couple new barn quilts that will be going on a boat house, and a house house in Michigan! Thank you Bert and LaVonne!

This is a Michigan Star, for Bert....

And another Blazing Star, for LaVonne

I think they will look beautiful at the lake!

Monday, July 19, 2010

View from the Arts & Crafts Show

The Lost Fork Arts and Crafts Show was this past Saturday. We had marvelous weather, good company and a steady flow of visitors. This was the first public showing for my barn quilts and I was pleased with the favorable response they received. I want to thank my friend, Connie, for including Prairie Patchworks in her show, and the many folks who turned out to make this show a success!
I hope we will do this again next year!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Lost Fork Arts & Crafts Show

You're invited!!!!
What: Lost Fork Arts & Crafts Show
With over 20 artists participating, including painters, sculptors, ceramics, crafts and more. And BARN QUILTS, of course!
When: Saturday, July 17th
Hours are 9:00-5:00, Saturday only!
Where: Stanford, Montana
At the Lost Fork Studio & Gallery, located at 87 4th St. South, right across from the school. Watch for signs!

This Arts & Crafts Show is the same weekend as Stanford's own CM Russell Stampede Rodeo which is Sunday, July 18th! There will be lots to do in town on Saturday, from yard sales and farmers market, to the Stampede Quick Draw and Sale, jam session and street dance! So come join in the summertime fun in beautiful Judith Basin County! Look for more info on all the happenings in "Treasure State Lifestyles"!

I will be bringing most of the quilts you see here, along with a few others I'm working on now!
I hope to see you there!!

Winnett Fire Dept. Barn Quilt Raffle

The raffle for this 4x 4, red, white and blue Shining Star barn quilt went off well! The quilt raised $360.00 for the Volunteer Fire Dept of Winnett. Thanks to all who participated! And CONGRATULATIONS to Kardy, who won the raffle!!!!!!!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Prairie Patchworks Materials and Construction

It occurs to me that some visitors may have some questions as to just what a Barn Quilt is!
A Barn Quilt isn't a quilt at all, in the traditional sense, so much as it is a painting of a quilt block, for outdoor display.

I have made my quilts with exterior plywood or MDO board. MDO board has been referred to as "the workhorse of the sign industry". It is a very stable plywood that has been covered with a resin paper overlay, hence, Medium Density Overlay, or MDO. It makes for a beautiful work surface. I also like the heavier wood grain look of the plywood, and so I have used both. Since these quilts are intended for outdoor use, the details such as woodgrain, tend to flatten out with just a little distance. It is not as if it is hanging in your kitchen or living room and therefore up close and personal...although I suppose it could be:)

I fill and seal the edges of the quilt, then give them 2 coats of primer, followed by 3 coats of each of the colors.

The whole process is very gratifying. Here is what one looks like "in-progress" vs. the finished product. A wonderful transformation, I think!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Bears Paw 2x2 Barn Quilt

The Bears Paw has always been a favorite pattern of mine, and since we are in Montana, the colors of University of Montana Grizzlies seemed mandatory for this one!

This quilt has found a home on a U of M Grizzlies fan's wall, in central Montana! If you would like one just like it, please contact me!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Shining Star 2'x2' barn quilt SOLD!

THANK YOU, Monica!
This quilt was sold thru my ETSY shop!
It now resides on a wonderful midwestern front porch!

This outdoor quilt is in "bumble bee yellow" & blue

Sunday, March 7, 2010

New Barn Quilt Display

Geoff put together a neat stand for the purpose of taking good pictures of Prairie Patchworks outdoor barn quilts! THANK YOU, Geoff!
It is obviously portable, so we can choose our background, and the light.
Right now, every setting is pretty sloppy, with 10+ inches of snow melting and nowhere to go!
But I'm not complaining...the sun is shining!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Raffle Quilt!

This 4'x4' barn quilt is going to be raffled off by the Winnett Volunteer Fire Dept. in June.
Geoff and I joined the W.V.F.D. shortly after moving out here and we thought this would be a good way for them to raise some extra funds, while also helping me get the word out about Prairie Patchworks. Hopefully a win-win situation!
I am especially pleased with the way this one turned out!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Thank you, Kardy!

"Martha Washington Star", barn quilt in country red & blue.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

My First Barn Quilts

Country Red Star & Blue Star with center, fun and clean!

Bright Ohio Star!

Welcome and greetings!

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Thank you for looking!