Author of Fearless Fiction
One of these things is not like the others,
One of these things just doesn’t belong,
Can you tell which thing is not like the others
By the time I finish my song?
Did you guess which thing was not like the others?
Did you guess which thing just doesn’t belong?
If you guessed this one is not like the others,
Then you’re absolutely…right!
I love to quilt. My eyes are happy as I take in the glorious hues of the fabrics, like blue summer sky, fall leaves and purple the color of Amish dresses. My hands smooth and feel each piece like it were precious diamonds, so glorious is the feel. Cutting out each piece is like a mathematical puzzle. I like puzzles, so this is another interesting part of quilting. Sewing each piece reminds me of the Dolly Parton song “The Coat of Many Colors” and I imagine Joseph in the Bible as he wore proudly the coat his father, Jacob, had made for him, his favorite son. As I sew the pieces I enjoy the construction and each piece that is sewn together to make a whole quilt. When the quilt is done I am in awe that I have put together a thing of such beauty.
Someone in Shawano County, Wisconsin must have had the same love for quilts and vision for a much bigger project. Since we live in Shawano County we love to go for a drive to take pictures and see each quilt.
These are not the quilts I make. Instead, they are barn quilts, painted on the front or side of almost every barn in our county. Each barn quilt is lovingly painted on the old barn wood, either red, white or weathered gray, and are a stark contrast to the wood. Each barn has a different quilt, sponsored by an organization or family.
I’ve never seen such beautiful quilts. The paint must be much like the fabric for those who paint the quilt piece on the barn. Each color is vibrant or muted, depending on the kind of block depicted.
This Barn Quilt project is a protégé of the Shawano Chamber of Commerce. When I saw my first block I was intrigued. Then I began to see more and more of them on almost every barn I passed. That’s a lot, since Shawano County is almost totally a dairy county and farms are everywhere.
Whoever came up with the idea must have been a quilter with a vision. Who else could have thought of such an unusual way to showcase different quilts? People are now coming from afar to view the barns and their gorgeous quilt blocks. There is a 70 mile bike ride every year to ride through the beautiful countryside and look at the quilts. (Since I couldn’t even think of riding a bike for 70 miles, I’ll have to make do with searching them out with my car).
That takes me back to “One of These Things Is Not Like The Other”. Not one of these quilt pieces is like the other. That’s why it’s so amazing to take the time to view them. If you’re ever in or near our county, take the time to drive around and see them. You’ll definitely want to take pictures!
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