Thursday, October 13, 2011

Some flying geese with a sheep!

A barn quilt has been on my farm wish list for a long,  long time and hosting the big family wedding last weekend was just the motivation needed to finally make it happen.  I've seen and admired so many quilts on barns around our area,  but I had a little different vision for our own.  I've always loved the quilt pattern named "flying geese" and knew I wanted to incorporate that but,  somehow,  there had to be sheep in the design,  too.  I just wasn't sure how to go about it.  Fellow shepherd,  Tonya Fedders  Flat Creek Wool and Pottery,  and I have been emailing back and forth for a few months now and above is the result of our collaboration.  I love it !  I especially love how Tonya patterned the geese patches to resemble real fabric.  Tonya is so talented and is quite possibly the nicest person you would ever want to meet,  plus she displayed an abundance of patience with me during the whole process.  She deserves a medal for trying so hard to please me.   The finished barn quilt was just another perfect touch to a memorable weekend.

To make it even more special,  Crimson and Taylor decided to gift it to us as a thank you for hosting their wedding.  The only negative aspect of the whole project was watching Mike install the quilt on the barn on the day before the wedding.   I told him I thought it would be a real downer if he was in a coma and a body cast during the wedding celebration !   Mike is nothing,  if not thorough, and he had put a lot of thought into the mechanics of the installation.  So,  with the help of the groom,  the best man and a few stray painters ( who were still here a full week after their promised finish date - but,  I digress ) they managed to get it mounted on the barn.  In fact,  it is so securely mounted that the barn could probably fall down around it and it would remain !

We're having one of those lovely,  slow,  drizzly rain days and I'm going to use it as an excuse to sit on the couch and knit.  The knitting has been much neglected around here lately and I need to start catching up. 



  1. Oh Gosh Darn It!

    I've been wanting a barn for sheep and stalls that would be dedicated to weaving, stalls that friends could use for their fiber artistic adventures.... and now I want a barn to decorate like yours!!

    Your Barn Quilt is perfect.

    Enjoy your drizzly knitting day- we are having one of those here, too.


  2. I have wanted a mini barn quilt for my mini farm. It would hang on the deck rail. I'm getting a lot of inspiration from you folks that have them!

  3. Oh, I love it! Isn't she the sweetest thing?

  4. Beautifully designed and beautifully executed, just gorgeous.

  5. It is BEAUTIFUL! I would love one, and a barn on which it would look appropriate....

  6. I love to see all the barn quilts are are in view as you travel across Iowa. I'm in the process if designing my own barn quilt and plan on getting it put together this fall. I really think your quilt is cool and I love the sheep and flying geese and colors that you are in your barnquilt.
    Congratulations ~! It looks Tiggeriffic~! ta ta for now from Iowa:)

  7. Excellent!!!

    Tonya's weblink is

  8. Love your barn, the red trim, and now a beautiful, perfect barn quilt. Love it!

  9. TOTAL Love !!!!!
    We have a Quilt Trail in Estill County and was so excited when we got to be a part of it and design a barn quilt for our barn :0) I never tire of looking at it !!!!

  10. Hey Dianne,
    i am so thrilled that you like your barn quilt! I enjoyed painting it, and you did a great job designing it and coming up with ideas - you were a pleasure to work with! Thanks again Dianne.
    p.s. love that barn!