Barn quilts. They’re a thing. Who knew?
And by this I mean the decorative squares hanging on barns. They’ve become so popular that there are multiple “Barn Quilt Trails” with official maps in Michigan. I hit the road this week with a friend and we rambled around Mecosta County. Here were some of our finds. We’ll start with a lovely Carpenter’s Star in Remus, on M-20, just East of M-66.
Next was a small one placed on a sign near the site of the Wheatland Music Festival
The next one is an 8’x8′ Texas Star on a barn at a Centennial Farm. This one took a bit more initiative to find. Up to and including 3 miles down a washboard road, past a wolf sanctuary and large field of sheep. Unfortunately, the building just in front of it made it really difficult to get a good shot of the barn quilt.
Just around the corner was a smaller, but still lovely Bethlehem Star.
Possibly me favorite of the whole trip was this 8’x8′ LeMoyne Star. unfortunately, this was as close as we could get. The day was wet and drizzly, so photos are a little soft and grainy.
Next we headed back to M-66. After a couple false starts and turning around repeatedly, we finally spotted this one. It’s right ON M-66, on the Southwest corner of Jackson. We didn’t feel we could safely stop on M-66, so we pulled onto Jackson Road to the East and managed to get a good view.
Then we traveled further North, to Grayling, MI. We had a mashed potato pizza at the Paddle Hard Brewing Company (fabulous) and chased it with malts from Dawson and Steven’s Diner. Then it was back South toward Clare County. I’ll post some Clare barn quilts in a few days. I’m also going to share my first couple of Farmer’s Wife blocks.
In the meantime, are there Barn Quilts in your area? What’s your favorite?