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We're just a couple of country dwellers......

that love nature, hunting, fishing, gardening, campfires, crafting, cooking, canning, laughter and living!!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Swing Your Partner!


"My grandfather would often stop here in the early spring to get fresh maple syrup.  
When I was a little pip-squeak, my grandfather would often take me along on his milk route with him.  
When we came to this farm, Grandpa would pull the old milk truck up the gravel driveway
 and we'd both hop out and walk to the door.  
Grandpa would buy our syrup and, if I was a good girl, 
the lady of the house would let me have a little maple candy.
                                                              
The Sugar Shack is located on route 118 
just outside of Nicholville, New York....

That is just one on the nine stories behind nine quilt blocks
that Mrs. Z stitched together and made the most 
wonderful Barn Quilt I've ever seen!



This was a "Block-of-the-month" kit
she found...
each month a quilt block
with a different barn scene
and a wonderful story or memory with each pattern

What a charming idea....



This round barn is near Arcadia, Oklahoma on historic Route 66...
the story with it tells how many barn constructions of the day
were built with funds raised at barn dances!...
Quilt Block #6 is called "Swing Your Partner"

Doesn't it just make you want to
throw on some banjo music
and start dancing?





Quilt Block #7 is called "Under Attack"....




It's patterned exactly after the one in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania...
HOLES and all...
(cannonballs made the real holes
in the brick barn that still stands today)




Recently Twila's family celebrated their farm
turning 100!
The barn behind the quilt is on
that farm south of Gann Valley, South Dakota...

A century of farming is a true accomplishment...
Congratulations Balster Family
and
Happy farming another century!






Mrs. Z's Barn Quilt is a work of art
and a tribute to that old building on the farm 
that does so much....






from Hoe Down 
to Bedded  Down....






My fascination with the barn will go on for many years...
along with my dream of having a barn dance at the Sall Farm!






Bring on the band and get me some hay bales...
Oh wait! I better move some junk out of the way first!

I'd probably have better luck learning how to quilt!

But, on second thought I'll just put on
an old Gene Autry album and go watch the ladies at quilt club!

I will stick to blogging 
and sharing my friends' talents
with anyone who wants to tune in....

Thanks for stopping by today
(don't forget to check the other
"barn charm" participants)!

DOSEY DOE and Have a Great Day!


Linking with:
Bluff Area Daily         kimklassencafe


My 7th image was processed with Kim Klassen's textures, Pourvous and Autumn Burst.

13 comments:

Country Gal said...

Wonderful post and photos, I love the barn quilt. So your Grandpa was a milk man back in the day how cool is that. We here in Canada are famous for our maple syrup there are a lot of farms here that specialize in Canadian Maple syrup MMM it's YUMMY ! Have a wonderful eve.

TexWisGirl said...

it is a beautiful quilt! love that it has historical significance as well as beauty.

i attended one true barn dance in my youth in Wisconsin. a brand new barn raised on a dairy farm and properly christened with a good, down-home barn dance held in the loft. teenage girls (me and my girlfriend), cute boys and good dancing. :)

lisa said...

Lisa, I have NEVER seen anything like this quilt. It is a most wonderful work of art. All of the love that must have gone into this!! Thank you so much for sharing this and all of these beautiful photographs at The Creative Exchange.

Have a wonderful night!

lisa.

lisa said...

OOOps!!
Meant to tell you that I love your new blog design also! Sorry, but just got carried away with this quilt! :-)

Sharon said...

Awesomely beautiful quilt, some folks have great talent! I love your pictures too!

Genie said...

Lisa...This is my first visit to your blog, and I am already in love. I adore this post. Being a quilter, I can only imagine the time and creativity that went into this awesome quilt. I would love to see it up close and personal. You Gene Autry poster and the Norman Rockwell picture on the old Saturday Evening Post are wonderful. Your post has made my night. genie

Debbie said...

what a beautiful work of art!!

A Garden of Threads said...

Beautiful quilt. Looks great with the textures and barn background.

Tricia said...
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Tricia said...

Oh my goodness, Lisa, this is absolutely undeniably GORGEOUS! I love how you've presented this post... the quilt has a story & you've included that, here, too... I love it! Mrs Z knows her stuff... I love that every
barn on the quilt is based on an actual barn... this is so awesome! I wonder how much she'd sell one for or does she only have the one?

And the lambs are so sweet...

Incredible post & I'm so glad you linked up to Barn Charm! =)

happy week

Michaele said...

This quilt is wonderful!! One of those things you could make a fortune off of by selling - yet no one in their right mind would sell it. Love how you posted about it.

bailey-road.com said...

Wonderful photos! I love the Sugar Shack quilt and your personal story about it!

Carole said...

Beautiful quilt. So much work, but such a lovely piece.

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