creates map of barn quilt locations
barn quilt heritage
preserved in new brochure
Helen E. McKinney
BEDFORD, Ky. (April 2011) When artist Brandy
DeAngelino read an article about Donna Sue Groves and her idea of painting
a quilt square on her barn to honor her mother, DeAngelino was instantly
intrigued. A quilter herself, DeAngelino was curious enough to delve
into the idea of painting barn quilts for others.
She became involved with a project through the Trimble County Arts Council
and the Trimble County Extension Office that painted exterior barn quilts,
said DeAngelino, 61.
She then decided to start painting them on her own and she now has barn
quilts displayed all over the county at places like Brays Orchard.
Youll just be driving through the county and notice them,
DeAngelino has created
and designed many barn
quilts for Trimble
DeAngelino guesses shes painted 20 to 30 exterior
barn quilts in a variety of sizes, from two feet squares to eight foot
squares. When I first started the project, I used plywood for
my quilts, said DeAngelino, who is originally from San Deigo.
She lived in New Mexico for a time to care for her ailing father, then
moved to Trimble County when searching for her sister and decided to
DeAngelino hand paints the quilts and after attending a meeting in Bullet
County, switched to using laminated aluminum which is lighter and easier
to handle. She can frame the quilts with pressure treated wood if requested.
Her exterior barn quilts are featured alongside other local artists
work in a new brochure put out by the Trimble County Cooperative Extension
office. Ten quilts are included in the brochure, said Jane Proctor,
Trimble County Agent for Family and Consumer Services.
The Extension Office wanted to provide a driving trail in Trimble
County, Proctor said. Other information includes the quilt name,
address and GPS coordinates. Brochures are available at the Trimble
County Cooperative Extension office located at 43 High Country Lane
Proctor said she hopes this driving trail will become part of the Kentucky
Quilt Trail project one day, a state-wide project.
A national Quilt Trail project began in Adams County Ohio with Donna
Sue Groves, a field representative for the Ohio Arts Council whom DeAngelino
had read about. After painting a quilt square on her barn in memory
of her mother, a lifelong quilter, Groves shared her idea with friends
and decided to painted more barn quilts and devise a driving tour to
attract tourists to the rural community where they lived.
This project soon took root in Kentucky and became known as the Kentucky
Quilt Trail project. The first Kentucky barn quilt was hung in Carter
County, and each community since then has introduced its own twist on
the project. There are 62 counties with quilt trail websites or
email contact information, said Chris Cathers, Program Branch
Manager, Kentucky Arts Council.
Scott County, Ky., seems to have the most barn quilts, according to
Cathers. Begun by the Buffalo Gals Homemakers of Stamping Ground,
the Buffalo Gals Barn Quilt Trail has grown to encompass more than 100
barn quilts, each one a unique creation, he said. The greatest
concentration of these quilts can be found by taking Hwy. 460 west from
Georgetown and turning right onto Hwy. 227 toward Stamping Ground.
I believe most people hang barn quilts to honor family and specific
members of a family, Cathers said. Its a way to establish
a lasting legacy that reflects heritage, tradition and pride.
Many of the barn quilts have personal stories connected to the families
that choose specific patterns for use on the barns, Cathers said. DeAngelino
said she can replicate any pattern for a client. She can take old
quilt block patterns and put a new twist on them, she said.
When designing barn quilts, I actually like to do a variety of
patterns. This way each one is new and fresh, not repetitive.
Depending upon the size of the barn quilt, prices range from $85 to
Each one is painted in sections, and each section has to dry before
moving on to a new part of the design. Because of this, it may take
DeAngelino a week to finish a quilt.
She is also a member of a local quilting group, the Trimble Thimbles.
Because of this, many of her barn quilts with prints look like they
are made of actual material instead of painted.
When she moved to Trimble County, DeAngelino said miniature quilts were
popular. She tried to talk her mother, a seamstress, into making one
but her mothers response was, You do it. So she taught
herself how to quilt, matting and framing the miniatures like a picture.
For artists like DeAngelino, this project provides visual artists
an opportunity to bring quilt art to canvas, said Cathers. It
also extends to photographers in the images they capture. Literary artists
can write the stories connected to the patterns.
To connect with your countys quit trail project, Cathers suggests
that property owners should contact their local barn quilt committee
and inquire about the terms for involvement in the project, as each
county barn quilt trail may have different requirements.
For more information on Brandy DeAngelinos
artwork, email her at BrandyDe@aol.com
or call (502) 298-9079. More information can be found on the Kentucky
Quilt Trail on the Kentucky Arts Council website at http://ArtsCouncil.ky.gov/QTrails/History.htm.
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