Barn Quilts for Your Home + Giveaway

Barn quilts are quilt blocks that are typically painted on boards and mounted on barns. If you’ve been on a road trip recently, perhaps you’ve spotted some–they’re popping up all over the country!

Mark Fitzgerald of the Classic Metal Company has seen them too, and they were his inspiration for quilt blocks made from steel. You don’t need a barn to display these beauties. Maybe you admired his barn quilts in Quiltmaker’s  November/December ’12 issue. We asked Mark to share a little more about his product:JeansHouse Barn Quilts for Your Home + Giveaway

How did you get started at Classic Metal Company?

An old friend of mine, Ted, invited me to take a tour of a machine shop he was managing. I watched in fascination as his computer-guided laser cutters cut large sheets of thick steel as if they were made of butter.

A short time later, I had a “divine spark of inspiration” to make barn quilts using this process. I had always admired both barn quilts and fabric quilts I had seen, but had no experience with quilting in my family. I made one prototype and showed it to Tami, a co-worker who is a quilter. She gave it her hearty approval and thought other quilters would like them too. After building an on-line store to showcase the barn quilts and attending several regional quilt shows, I was convinced that I should pursue creating barn quilts full time and quit my career of 27 years. It was a great decision–I couldn’t be happier being a part of the quilting community.

What inspired you to make your barn quilts?

After coming up with the initial idea, I thought about how barn quilts were becoming so popular across the country. Most people don’t have barns or don’t want to make a traditional painted wood block, so making it easy for everyone to enjoy the artistry of a barn quilt seemed like a good niche to fill. Having come from a commercial printing and graphic design field, I also enjoyed the beautiful designs I discovered as I started collecting books devoted to quilt block designs.

P1000364 1024x768 Barn Quilts for Your Home + GiveawayCan you tell us a little more about the manufacturing process?

First, I create a design for a quilt block in Adobe Illustrator. I have to think in reverse because the parts I draw are the parts that are cut out of the metal. What is left becomes the barn quilt. I then email the design to Ted’s machine shop and he converts my drawings into a language his computer uses to guide the laser-cutter. The barn quilts are cut from 4′ x 6′ sheets of heavy gauge steel.

The barn quilts are then taken to another facility for powder-coat painting. The metal squares are washed several times and then are hung on a conveyer that slowly takes them through a paint booth where they are coated with paint powder. The blocks move through a very hot oven where the paint powder melts and spreads–totally covering the barn quilts for a durable, outdoor finish.

P1000368 1024x768 Barn Quilts for Your Home + GiveawayDo you have plans for other block designs and sizes?

I plan to add new designs on a regular basis. Larger 3 and 4 foot sizes have been recently added. I don’t stock many of the larger sizes–at this time they are created as custom orders.

I am also adding napkin holders (or fat quarters) utilizing the barn quilt designs. Many other home decor items incorporating the barn quilt designs are in the design stage and I plan to start introducing them in 2013.

Is there anything else about your barn quilts that you’d like our readers to know?

I attend 6 to 8 regional quilt shows a year and invite quilters to stop by my booth. I really enjoy talking with quilters–they inspire me with their creativity and fun ideas. At a recent quilt show, I learned that one of my barn quilts now adorns an outhouse! My event schedule is listed on my website:

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Large, 3 foot Mariner's Compass Barn Quilt

Mark has generously supplied five barn quilts of various sizes (including the large Mariner’s Compass barn quilt above) for a Quiltmaker giveaway. To qualify, leave a comment below telling us where or how you would display the barn quilt or suggest a traditional quilt block you would like to see Mark add to his list of designs. Leave your comment by 12 noon MST on Monday, November 26, 2012.  We’ll draw five winners at random.

The winners are: Robyn Brown (#33), PaulaK (#66), Dee Davis (#326), Martha Moore (#457) and Judy Johnson (#94). The winner of the large Mariner’s Compass is  Donna Amos (#160). Congratulations to all the winners! Thank you everyone who participated!

About Eileen Fowler

I am an Associate Editor at Quiltmaker. My quilting hobby, that began over 20 years ago, turned into a career when I was hired by Quiltmaker in 2008. My quilting passion is slowly taking over every nook and cranny in my house. I have a supportive husband who makes it all possible.
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617 Responses to Barn Quilts for Your Home + Giveaway

  1. Jane Bowden says:

    What a wonderful way this would be to share my love of quilting. I love all 5 of the barn quilts and any of them would look fabulous displayed on the shaker shingles on my home.

  2. Peggy Davis says:

    When I saw this on FB I did not recognize the block and just thought hey that’s really beautiful. When I went to this blog to read the article and saw the name Mariner’s Compass I knew I had to respond here. I am opening a new quilt/fabric shop in North Dakota. The name is Sew On & Sew North….i have considered using a compass as part of my logo. So this would be beautiful displayed as part of my sign on my store. It would be representative of the Sew North portion of the name and would be a compass guiding me on my new exciting adventure!!!!

  3. I absolutely love your barn quilts. I would love to hang one on the front of a small shed at the side of my apartment. Everyone who loves in this complex walks right past the little shed and it would make such a nice display and conversation piece. Thank you so much for the opportunity of winning this!

  4. Kay Pucciarelli says:

    I live in a 100 year old house and have a little outbuilding that would love to have a quilt displayed on it! I hope I win one! Thanks for the give away!

  5. Terri C says:

    I would love to have one! We just had a new little storage barn built, I could put it on the front where we could enjoy it from the kitchen or sitting on the deck. Thanks for the chance they are beautiful!

  6. Becky Davis says:

    I would hang it right outside my front door, it would be the first quilt they would see walking into my house. I don’t know what other blocks I would like , I just love them all.

  7. Erin says:

    I love seeing barn quilts and someday hope to have one painted for my very large 1880′s barn. But, for now, my time and money is going towards restoring the barn. If I won one of these, I could enjoy it hanging on the barn right away!

  8. Teri Rodriguez says:

    I don’t have a barn but the end of my house is available and perfect for one of these. While with my friend last year, she ordered a couple of these for her log cabin workshop we’ve been updating for our quilting studio. Can’t wait to hang them on our first official sewing day. As for me, the end of my house faces a major highway – a perfect place to hang a piece of art.

  9. Nancy Antonio says:

    Really classic in appearance. I would hang this in my studio/ tv room so I could enjoy it everyday. I would love an Ohio Star. I am a buckeye at heart.

  10. Ronda Martin says:

    I love everyone of these designs! If I won one I would hang it on my husband’s storage building that looks like a barn! That would be so cool!!!

  11. Vicki Glover says:

    I have no idea where I would hang a barn quilt as we are selling our current house to move back to Texas. It might just migrate from room to room and exterior wall to exterior wall until it finds its home. How about a fireplace screen? Is the process limited to straight lines? My Mother loved Sunbonnet Sue’s. That one would live in my sewing room.

  12. Linda Jacobs says:

    I would hang one on the porch of our log home in Pray, Montana. It would look beautiful against the warm wood logs and compliment the amazing view of Paradise Valley and the surrounding mountains.

  13. Dee says:

    These are so cool! I would put it on my inclosed porch. I would love to see one made with the basket block.

  14. Susan Bozarth says:

    I love the idea of having a barn quilt without the barn. Someday I hope to retire to the country and have a barn but until then I would love to have a metal quilt to hang in my covered outdoor fireplace area. Quilts are such comforts-making, piecing, giving, cuddling, sharing, displaying, and well, it would be awesome to add winning to the list.
    Your quilts are awesome.

  15. Sue G. says:

    I would love one for my barn!!

  16. Sue G. says:

    I would love love to win one of these. I have the perfeft place for one on my pole barn. I would be the envy of all around!

  17. Kathy Dixon says:

    Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any “quilts” on barns in the Phoenix area. I would love to win one to hang on the outside of my home here in my little town that is a suburb of Phoenix! Your metalwork is beautiful!

  18. Judy says:

    The metal works “quilts” are beautiful. I’d hang any of your designs, Mark, on my porch.Thank you for the chance to win Quiltmaker.

  19. Joni Newberg says:

    I love these. We have a painted barn quilt on our barn and we are part of a barn quilt tour biannually.

    I would love to have one of these to hang on our porch by the door where all enter! Our farmhouse has been in my family for 4 generations! \

    Please come to our Apple and Pork Festival in Clinton Illinois the last week in September. We have a special place for artists to display their wares. Please contact me if you are interested.

  20. Sandy says:

    I love these metal pieces of quilts. I have a friend that made a compas quilt and would love to give her that block. Thanks for offering to give one to a quilter.

  21. Jenelle Boxberger says:

    I love all of these. I’ve been wanting to put a barn quilt on the back side of my garage that faces the highway. Thanks for the chance to win.

  22. Linda Cherry says:

    I love your versions of barn quilts!!! If I had one I’d hang it on my front door, over the large glass window…That way I could enjoy it coming and going and while at home every day. It would let the light shine in and create wonderful shadows of the quilt design on my floors as the sun set and let the light shine out at night, sharing the design with the world! :-)

  23. Cheryl says:

    Love these!! They would look great on the beige brick on the front of our home, but I might be selfish and hang it in our diningroom so I could admire it constantly. This goes to the top of my wishlist!

  24. Melinda says:

    I love Dutch Rose and Sister’s Choice. Right on my front door!

  25. Karen says:

    Just love these! And would love one for my dining room with its 15 foot ceiling… lots of wall space for that large Mariner’s Compass.

  26. Lynn says:

    Beautiful! I would put one near my front door for everyone to enjoy.

  27. Barbara Suelter says:

    I would love to be the first in our community to have a metal quilt block on the front of my home to welcome all visitors. What a wonderful way to declare my love of quilts to others.

  28. Marty Askins says:

    These are amazing works of art. I would love to win one to hang beside my front door. Thank you for the chance to win.

  29. Kim says:

    These are great! My dad always had an old barn. He had a stroke and in nursing home now. I’d love to have a barn quilt to hang at the nursing home for all the patients to enjoy.

  30. Doreen Kennedy says:

    Awesome! Almost makes you want to build a barn to put them on!!!

  31. Sharon says:

    I know I could find the perfect place to hang one on my front porch for all to enjoy. But, then I would need to get another to put on the garage. They are wonderful!

  32. Linda E in AZ says:

    I would love to have one of his barn quilts to put on my [grey] house. I became interested in barn quilts several years ago when I was selected to be the first barn quilt block design winner at Accuquilt.

  33. Claire Gregory says:

    As soon as I saw these in a magazine, I told “Santa” they were on my wish list for the holidays.I’d LOVE to own one and would put it right near my front door for everyone to see that a quilter lives in this house. My exterior is siding so it would look FABULOUS!
    Great giveaway!!

  34. Dianne Channon says:

    I’ll put it on the back fence where I can see it whenever look out the door.

  35. Jessica Siegman says:

    I absolutely love the metal quilt designs. It is a difficult decision which is my favoriate, but I vote for the mariner’s compass. They are almost too beautiful to hang outside; if I was fortunate enough to have one I would hang it above my fireplace mantel. How talented Mr. Fitzgerald is!

  36. darla biederman says:

    I would display it above my stairs in my hallway!

  37. Carla Hetaon says:

    I so enjoyed your display at the AQS show in Des Moines. These quilt blocks are gorgeous. We have a new patio between our house & garage. I believe one of these blocks would look great hanging on the garage, so everyone could see it, as they relaxed on the patio.

  38. Terri says:

    I had the honor of meeting Mark at the AQS show in Grand Rapids in August, and purchased one of his large Mariner’s Compass blocks to put on the side of my house. I would love to have another one to put on my barn as well! Hmmm, and maybe one for my garage, too?!?!

  39. Linda says:

    I saw these blocks in a couple quilt magazine last month and immediately emailed my kids my Christmas list with one of these (any one as all are so very lovely) at the top of the list. I recently retired and set up a second home near my daughter’s family in North Carolina. The facade of the house is very plain and close to the street. I would put my first quilt block (my intention is to own several) next to the front door to welcome the my new friends and neighbors and to cheer me as I come and go.

  40. Linda says:

    Oh how wonderful these are. Thank you for making and sharing them. I would display your quilt square on the side of my new sewing room my husband built for me.

  41. Nancy says:

    These are really awesome, Will have to think about this!!

  42. Sandy Skribiski says:


    What a wonderful contest you are having! If I was one of the lucky ones pick for this I would ask for the Ohio Star block or Monkey Wrench. The reason for this is b/c both are the first blocks I ever made and got hook making quilts. My son just moved from home and I now have a sewing room for the first time so I would hang it in my new sewing room! Thank you please have a good Thanksgiving…Sandy

  43. Marie says:

    I have been thinking of getting one of these to put in a square window above my front door. I just can’t decide which one. Some suggestions: Snow Crystals Block, Goose in the Pond Block, Radiant Feathered Star Block. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  44. Mitzie Keys says:

    Beautiful work! I would hang one of these blocks in my kitchen window so I could see it every time I wash dishes, my window over my front door or in the window of my sewing room. Any of these places would allow me to share my love of quilting with anyone who drives by my house, yet allow me to enjoy it daily, too. Other possible designs I would suggest would be Cathedral Window or Grandmother’s Flower Garden.

  45. Lori Kepley says:

    I just love this! If I had one I would display it on the side of my home to proudly announce to everyone that a quilter resides here! So unique!!

  46. Tami Chaulk says:

    These barn quilts are beautiful. I would love to win one as my mother-in-law has recently added a sun room on the back of her house. One of these would look wonderful on her fence so she could view it while sitting in her sun room.


    Thet are really beautiful , I have a double front door, 1/2 is just siding so it really needs decorating, I can’t think of anything that would be nicer then a Barn door hanging, I don’t need a big one, but would love any one.

  48. LinH says:

    I have a great spot for the bear paw on our deck railing. How about a double wedding band or other circle pattern , too?

  49. Catherine Dorsey says:

    These are beautiful and would look lovely on the wall of my house facing the street.

  50. Lindsay Mattison says:

    OH PLEASE choose me … these would look SO GOOD on my pole barn …. and it would explain to all my neighbors why I’m indoors so much :D

  51. C says:

    Awesome!!!! I was going to make some wood ones, but these would last longer outside!

  52. Nancy says:

    I really liked these when I saw them in the magazine but didn’t take the time to look up their web site. Thanks for the reminder! If I had one of these I think I’d hang it on the end wall of the family room.

  53. Eileen Swank says:

    love, love, love the mariners star….I paper pieced a wall hanging of it last year. Our families live miles apart, so it brings to mind all the directions that we travel for visits to those grandbabies! Beautiful work of art. I’d hang mine on our front porch.

  54. Sandy Martin says:

    Oh my goodness. This would be so much easier than making one out of plywood and then painting nice neat lines which is what I put on my husband’s honey-do list to do this winter so we could hang it on our house gable next spring. I even have my desigh picked out…Night & Day although the Mariner’s compass would look wonderful, too. I agree, why just limit these neat things to barns when we quilter’s live in houses. :- ) Fingers crossed that I might be one of the winners.

  55. Diane says:

    Love them, would go on the front of my shed or the peak of my house, would really show up against the lite grey.

  56. Lovie Ball says:

    I would put it inside. Would be great to see them add 4 rings of a “Double Wedding Ring”. Was happy to see that they do custom orders.

  57. Jeanne J. says:

    I have wanted to paint a “barn quilt” on the wall at the end of my garage. It would be visible to anyone turning onto our street and I would pass by it every day.

  58. Patricia Blair says:

    The metal quilts are awesome and I have the perfect place to hang any one of them, especially the three foot quilts. I live in a house that is 107 years old and next summer I was going to paint one on the outside of the house, but if I won one it would be perfect.

  59. Syble Ditzler says:

    Any quilt design would look great on my carport wall so I could think about quilting as I was going to work and coming home from work!

  60. Debra Neiman says:

    I would Love to put one over the door of my quilting/craft workshop in the back yard! PICK ME PLEASE!

  61. Michele says:

    I have a perfect place to hang one of these. It would be fun to collect them to match quilts I have made.

  62. Wyo Di says:

    I would LOVE to win one of these quilt blocks! I’d hang it over out bistro set on our deck. I’d be able to see it from inside the dinning room/kitchen area of our home. I’d enjoy it on those summer evenings when we dine outside. AND, the street traffic would be able to enjoy it as they pass by.

  63. Renee Welton says:

    I saw you at the AQS show in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I love barn quilts and yours are gorgeous. I would be happy with any of the patterns, but I especially like stars, in black. Thanks for the opportunity to own one!!

  64. Martha J. says:

    I would love to have one of these to display on my balcony. I’m a country gal and farmers daughter.

  65. Jan says:

    Love these. I’ve seen numerous barn quilts in Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois.

  66. Marcia Herath says:

    The barn quilts are so pretty. I would love to have one to either put on the side of our shed or on a short fence on the side of the patio.

  67. I cwoullkito have one on th barn,one on the front porch,and one i’n my sewing room,but it would be seen by tons of people on our front entrance. Relive on a US highway. I would love to keep it just forme,but it is so awesome,I feel the need to her it!

  68. Sue Foster says:

    The barn quilts are so “awesome”!! Love the metal . I have a perfect outside wall of my garage that would grab attention from my guests as well as those who drive by.

  69. Lizzy says:

    These are great. Thanks for another fantastic giveaway!

  70. Terry H. says:

    I would love to put the Bear Paw design on the outside of my cabin in the mountains.
    It would look Awesome! Thanks for the chance to win. They all look great.

  71. Margaret Peggy says:

    I have only been quilting regularly a little over 4 yrs giving my quilts away as gifts. I love the barn quilts and would love to put one in the peak on the front of my house. My favorite design is cathedral windows. Thank you for this oportunity to win one of these beautiful metal quilt designs.

  72. Wilma says:

    I have a white house, so this quilt block would be an awesome display beside my front door. I especially like the Mariners Compass, but all of them are beautiful.

  73. Jaynie Gamble says:

    Saw several “barn quilts” while vacationing and told my husband..”I gotta have one of those”. He even said I could put on our barn/shop which is pretty much his domain. Your barn quilts look beautiful and I would love to have one.

  74. Dee Davis says:

    I would like to say how wonderful your barn quilts are. I share my ‘obsession’ freely, and would love to share yours with my friends and family. I would put any one of your designs right at the front door for all the world to see ! And of course confirm that ALL are welcome :D

  75. Lola Bryant says:

    I would love to win one of these. I am a quilter, and I have the perfect place to hang one where it would be in a place of prominence on the front of my house.

  76. Barbi Vogel says:

    Most definitely in love with these. The bear paw is my favorite. It would have to hang on the front of the house by the door. Then people outside will know there is a quilter inside. :0)

  77. Jennifer G says:

    We are building a new house. I would love to have a chance to win one of these beautiful designs to hang there!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  78. dee says:

    These are sooo quilty… would love to show one on the front of my garage.

  79. Jan Angeja says:

    Whether this gorgeous metal work is hanging inside my craft/sewing room, or on the outside front porch, it would be a absolute treasure to own!!!

  80. Patti says:

    Love them! I would put it on my garden shed, so when I gardening it would remind me of my other favorite hobby.

  81. Janis Kelp says:

    These are so fabulous, and I know just where I would put it if I were to win. I love to quilt and would love to have one of these metal sculptures to display.

  82. Loretta T says:

    We have a large barn on our farm and I would love to hang a barn quilt up some day, so until I get it done I would put this on the lower barn door. A double wedding ring block would be great, my favorite pattern.

  83. Lisa Lisa says:

    My husband is a musician and has a metal treble clef on the outside wall of our house under our covered deck, where he likes to play his guitar/mandolin. I’ve been known to sit out there and work on my hand binding. I think one of these barn quilts would look pretty cool on that same wall. They are absolutely beautiful!!! Thanks for the chance to win.

  84. Maree says:

    I’d absolutely LOVE to hang one of these on our barn and I have a wall in the living room that needs one, too! Thanks a bunch for the chance to win! ☺

  85. Yalana Rhea says:

    These are so beautiful and it’s something I never thought of putting on my little plain house. Since everyone knows I quilt it would be a great addition to my home. Thanks Mark for this great idea…would love to see a flying geese design since that is my favorite block

  86. Pauline Gudas says:

    I would love the Bear Paw quilt block to place over my two doors of my oversized garage. It would make a great statement of my favorite hobby/love. All of them are so beautiful.

  87. Nona T. says:

    They are beautiful. Since I live in rural Alaska and the weather is very harsh here, I probably would hang it inside my living room. His metal work is absolutely amazing. Talk of quilting with a different medium!

  88. Carrie ORourke says:

    I’m thinking I would put one either on the west side of the garage [facing the house] or the west side of the barn, on the door to the hayloft or above [also facing the house]… but that’s because I would enjoy looking at it every day. If we wanted to share it with the world we might consider other sides of buildings. :) Liking the mariners compass, a lot!

  89. Julie Hallquist says:

    My husband built a small shed, that looks like a barn. I would love to hang one of your creation’s on our barn shed.

  90. Mark’s Barn Quilts are Spectacular !!! and I have a BARN to put it on. Two red barns in fact plus a small one for the chickens and Big Garage that I have been dying to put an Amish hex design on but this would be so much better. Mark is a Genuis, those are soooooo pretty. The Ohio Star Block is my all time favorite and he did such a wonderful job making these. I hope he comes to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival – scarlette

  91. Judy A says:

    This would look great on any wall, inside or out. Beautiful work.

  92. Margaret Andrews says:

    We live in Alaska on a large island and I would put the 3 foot Mariner’s Compass Barn Quilt on the front of our house to point out our location. What it would add a landmark to our house that you could see as you come to the island on the ferry! What fun!

  93. dottie bishaw says:

    I would love to put one in my backyard so I could look at it while sipping my morning coffee!

  94. Tonya Reichard says:

    Wow! I have been dreaming of painting one on our barn…no such luck as of yet. I would definitely hang mine on the side of the barn towards our driveway. Living on a farm has some perks and people driving by would definitely see it. I just love his designs and it’s a wonderful idea!!!!

  95. Beverly Rempel says:

    As we were designing our house, my husband and the realtor said, ” lets do an architectural detail on the front of the house to break up the line a little”. To me it’s just begging for something to go in the middle and a Barn Quilt would be just the thing.

  96. Gwen Pattarnon says:

    I have a house with a 3 door garage. This leaves a huge empty space above those doors as the roof comes to a tall point up above. I have long wanted something to hang there, it has to be big! I thought of a big country 5 point star, then my neighbors hung one. Then I thought of a barn quilt & saw theses! Can’t afford one right now, but I have the perfect place to hang one! Please pick me! I’ve wanted one since they first came out!! Please?!?!

  97. Kathy says:

    Working in the building which also houses our State Dept of Agriculture, I get to enjoy the Barn Quilt displayed on the side of the building. One cannot help but smile while passing it each day. And as a new quilter I would love to have one of this displayed on the front of my house. The Mariners Compass pattern is one of my favorites although I have not yet worked up the nerve to try it, being born and raised in Cincinnati I would love to have the Phio Star to display both my love of quilting and my home state pride.

  98. Marie says:

    I love the barn squares painted and these metal ones are awesome as well. Of the ones on the website my favorites are Blazing Star, Lone Star and Mariners Compass. One of my favorite quilt squares is the basket square so if I could have one of those that would be great! Either way I would hang it by my front door.

  99. Judy says:

    The barn quilt metal works are so beautiful!
    Thank you, Mark, for your generosity!
    I’d love to hang one of these in my home!

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