A very active group of women centred in the hamlet of Rocklyn, a few miles north of us, have developed the 'For the Love of Grey Barn Quilt Trail', which they are hoping to promote far and wide here in Grey County. I'm looking forward to finding more of these over the summer.
For many of the quilts, their Facebook page provides the reason the family chose their particular quilt's design. This Double Wedding Ring Baltic Star is to celebrate a wedding anniversary, appropriately!
They initially had 11 barn quilts shown on the map on the Facebook page, but I think there are several more now. Judging by the pictures on their page, there are a lot more already created that are ready to go up this spring. This was actually the first quilt to be painted and the first one to go up, though it's the last of the original group that I personally found.
Mrs. F.G. heard a talk by the organizers in which they described how the barn quilts are created, most of them on two 4x8 sheets of plywood. The boards are first sealed with several primer coats, and then a graphic artist draws the quilt block at this size on the boards. It can easily take 3 or 4 coats of paint to get the design done, more if it's complex, and finally there are three coats of sealer on top. Sounds like they will stay in good shape for several years at this rate.
This is another nicely maintained farm that I spotted after I went to Lake Eugenia to photograph the swans I shared yesterday. You can find more about the quilt barn trail by just 'googling' For the Love of Grey Quilt Barn Trail, if you are signed up for Facebook.