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. Judy Wagner says:

    I currently live in a 32′ rv 5th wheel and still do my quilt making in it while my husband works on location. A smaller light weight one for the door or side of the RV would be wonderful or even to hang at the end of the canopy. I also see one used as a picnic table centerpiece Keep up the good work and new ideas. “Sew2Day4Fun”

    aka Judy Wagner

  2. SALLY KING says:

    What a wonderful idea. I would build a barn of course if I won. lol

  3. Claire Gregory says:

    These are SOOO cool. I’d put it near my front door!

  4. Laurie says:

    What a wonderful giveaway! I would love to use this in the window of my front door instead of a generic grill.

  5. Karen Sykes says:

    I have a huge stone fireplace that would look great with one of these hanging on it. I also have a barn that could use one, but if it was inside friends and family could admire it better. They are really beautiful, such a talented guy to think of this idea. Thanks for the chance to win one.

  6. Beth B says:

    Beautiful! I would probably hang one in my living room for all to see as they enter.

  7. Ann Y says:

    Beautiful!! Have a perfect wall to hang something like this on….

  8. Babs says:

    I already own one of them and love it on our house. We have a cabin up north that I would love to put on one also. They are so durable and add quilting character where ever you put them. Lots of people comment on my mariner compass quilt block already. I would be so excited to win one and display it in the northwoods.

  9. Diane says:

    Got just the spot :)

  10. JANET BROWN says:

    WoW !! Beautiful!! I would hang one on the front side of my house, between the garage windows. The black iron would look gorgeous on the weathered green of my house.

  11. Pamela Krieg says:

    This is such an awesome idea – my husband is a sheet metal worker of 26 years and has made me some beautiful things, but NEVER anything like these! I would LOVE to win! I would proudly display my winning “quilt” on the side of the house, just so husband could see it everyday when he comes down the driveway, home from work! ha ha ha. Just kidding, husband would love this, too. We quilt as a team – he helps with the color selection and cuts all my strips/pieces and I sew them together while he “ooh’s and ahh’s” over them. :) God bless you all and Happy Quilting!

  12. Nina says:

    Beautiful and love the idea. I’d hang it by my front door.

  13. Dorene Morris says:

    Saw these in your magazine and loved them! Would love to hang one on the back yard “barn”.

  14. Lisa Long says:

    How cool are these!! I dont have a barn or fence but I could display it proudly by my front door!! I think a Feathered Star would look great, especially with lights behind it. That Mariners Compass is pretty amazing. Id say you had a great idea an will have lots of fun with it! Good Luck everyone!

  15. Teri says:

    They are BEAUTIFUL! I would hang it on the front of my garage if not in my living room.

  16. DebrafromMD says:

    I would display it on the front of my house.

  17. Kay Mc says:

    I would hang one of these on the peak of our garage or on the house by the back door. Love them & can’t wait to get one.

  18. Pam Seigl says:

    This is form of art and I love to display any form of art. I love creative people and their work. Would love to win one to show off the talent.

  19. Tammy Milburn says:

    I’ve been wanting one to hang on the front peak of my car port. It looks so bare and needs something beautiful to accent.

  20. Cally says:

    I just love these, they are beautiful.

  21. Heather says:

    One of these would look so nice on the front door of our barn at the racetrack.I like to decorate our barn during “Grand Circuit” week because we have new people coming to the races.Next year I want to paint different quilt blocks on wood and put them under the windows of each horse.

  22. Marge Wearing says:

    We have a cabin in the mountains……I have wanted one for a long time…..Please pick me!!!! lol

  23. Kathy Harris says:

    I am a longarm quilter and would not only like, but LOVE one of these to hang on our new house! We move in the middle of January and this would tell our neighborhood that a Quilter Lives Here!

  24. tami byrd says:

    I love them I would hang on side where everyone could see

  25. KarenW says:

    I have the perfect spot for one of these. So cool!!

  26. Sue Carver says:

    I was going to start a wooden one as a project over the winter. I didn’t realize they were available in metal! What a great idea. I have the perfect place to hang one!

  27. PAM BRICHER says:

    Would love to have one. Thanks

  28. judy says:

    These metal work pieces would look great just about anywhere in our home. I’d love to see a piece made from the Sunbonnet Sue quilt design.

  29. Karrie Smith says:

    I would display it above my sewing area. Perfect place. Thanks for the chance to win. I love the barn quilts ;)

  30. thunder says:

    I would hang it on my garage door, sew every car that goes by could see it !!

  31. Judy says:

    Hang one in the entry way. Beautiful art work.

  32. Linda P in IL says:

    Sew Cool!!
    I would hang mine on my Garden Shed, to remind others that gardening is not my only passion. I love all the designs, who wouldn’t?
    Thank you for showing them to us.

  33. Judy A says:

    I love the metalworks. The rusty metal is great,too. Would hang it on my porch.

  34. I would love to hang one either on the front of my house, or on the side where I have more room and it faces a busy street. It’s kind of like hanging a sign that says “A quilter lives here.”

  35. judy says:

    These are great. I would hang one next to my back door.

  36. Rory Dabney says:

    Do I like just one? No. They’re all sooooo beautiful! Striking in fact!!

  37. Carmen says:

    They are beautiful! I would love to have one for my home. There are so many great quilt block designs. I think there’s one called Honey Bee I really liked.

  38. Kate says:

    These are wonderful! I would hang it inside where I could see it everyday.

  39. Judy says:

    I would hang a metalworks piece where I could see it everyday!
    Thank you , Mark, and Quiltmaker!

  40. Gina says:

    These are just beautiful! I would love to see one of them in my sewing room and another can go on the deck. Oooh, the possibilities!!!

  41. Wilma says:

    Great website! My favourite is the LeMoyne star, I would be torn between placing it on the garage wall where I would enjoy seeing it every day from my kitchen window or on an interior wall in the kitchen. Thanks.

  42. Karen says:

    I love the black metal – Wow! How they would show up on or in a house! I think if I had a small one I would hang it on the oak wall above the slate fireplace; if it were larger, It would go outside to the side of the large window in the living room. I have the perfect place where everyone could see it. No trees around it, just deep red barberry bushes to show it off.

  43. JULIA JOSEPH says:

    love to win. i’ll put it on my back porch.

  44. Julie Hallquist says:

    please, I would love to win one. I have a small barn shed that I would put it on.

  45. Judy says:

    One of these metalwork pieces would look great hanging on my porch.

  46. Debbie Kitsos says:

    They are beautiful and would look amazing hanging on anyone’s house (especially my house!)

  47. Donna says:

    Oh my, I love these. Anything to do with barns and quilts gets my vote.

  48. Lynn J says:

    Love them ! Would love to put one at my front door or in my backyard. Maybe a Grandmothers Flower Garden.

  49. grahamplaid says:

    The barn quilts are lovely and a perfect size. I would display them in the courtyard of our home where we could enjoy them and they would be seen by all who visited our home.

  50. Patricia Blair says:

    Would so love to win one of these quilt blocks. have the perfect spot on the side of my house.

  51. Robin Batchelor says:

    Really neat. I have the perfect spot on the front of my house where there are a lot of people that pass by daily. Would be great advertisement for you and also would look beautiful on my house. I love the crafty idea.

  52. Nancy Woods says:

    Wow! These barn quilts are fabulous! Mark does a super job on them … I just checked them out and am in love with them. I would love to display one on my garage (that looks rather like a barn) or the front of my house. Thanks for the chance to win one of Mark’s awesome blocks!!

  53. Lyn says:

    I think churn dash would be a great quilt block to make into one of these!

  54. Kathleen B says:

    Hey Quiltmaker! Happy Holidays! I love Barn Quilts and would probably hang one of these up beside my front door. Yes, that’s the ticket for me.

  55. I love the Barn Quilts! I would love to have one to put on the side of our wood shed, it’s a perfect display wall along our sidewalk.

  56. Glenda Oliver says:

    I think this mariner compass is just what I need for my garage front since I don’t have a barn this would be a great addition to our home Glenda Oliver

  57. Babs says:

    I have a mariner compass on our house already, which was a gift from my children. That being said I would love to put one on our cabin in northern Wisconsin. These “quilt blocks” are so and I can’t wait to win another one. Any block he comes up with is a good block.

  58. Gloria Charlton says:

    I have always wanted a block to put on the front of my motel…. I would love to see the friendship block..

  59. laurie bay says:

    They are spectacular and simple . They look good inside and outside.

  60. Liz Anderson says:

    These are absolutely beautiful! I would love to one for the barn!front of our

  61. Susan Miles says:

    I have the perfect spot for a wonderful barn quilt above my garage on my newly painted tri-level in a lovely midwest America community!

  62. Linda Breuer says:

    I have never seen one of those metal designs. I love them. Thank you for the chance to win one. they are beautiful……

  63. Mary says:

    Oh, I would love to win that 3″ Mariners Compass! That has always been my favorite! My Dad was a navel architect for the Navy and i would hang it proudly in his honor! Actually, I would love any of them. Thank you so much for this article and the chance to win one of these beauties.

  64. tanya says:

    these are beautiful, i would put anyone of them on the front of my house beside my front door…if i would ever move it would be the first thing i would pack. thanks for the chance and i really hope i win.

  65. Suzanne says:

    I have the perfect spot for a barn quilt block. I don’t have a barn but I do have an outdoor shower that is in the back of the house. The back of the house is also on a street and I would love to show off my hobby with one of these wonderful works of art!

  66. Cindy says:

    So beautiful. Maybe a fan block would be nice. Thanks for the chance to win.

  67. Judy Crowell says:

    That mariner’s compass has my name all over it!

  68. L. Edwards says:

    The compass is wonderful. Would be an honor to display one of these creations.

  69. Carri Butler says:

    I love the mariner’s compass…I would hang it on the front of my house. What a wonderful way to welcome friends & family.

  70. Tami Chaulk says:

    I think a LeMoyne Star would make a great barn quilt!! I’d love to hang it on my lanai!

  71. I would put it on the front of my quit shop!

  72. Chris says:

    I would display the barn quilt art near my sewing room window. It would be an opportunity to educate our neighbors in urban Atlanta to the arts and quilting.

  73. Sharon says:

    Love these! I’d display one either in my sewing room or on the outside of the house (no barn) next to to door to the studio!

  74. I am looking forward to painting a chicken themed barn quilt for a friend who keeps all sorts of fowl. I’d like to win a variation on a log cabin that has a little house in the middle. I’d put it in my front hall so I could view it all day long.

  75. Mae says:

    These would look really neat beside my front door or on my screened in deck.
    Would love to have one!

  76. Kathy says:

    I’d love to hang a barn quilt on the chimney on the side of the house that faces the main road. Then the entire neighborhood could enjoy it. I’d also like to hang a small one under my mailbox.

  77. Jacklyn says:

    These are so beautiful. I would hang it over the garage door.

  78. Debbie says:

    I was so quick to run over to the site that I didn’t read that they won’t have napkin holders till next year :(

  79. Shiela Conners says:

    They are so beautiful, and there are so many ways I would display them, I would love on the peak of my porch, on the house, between the upstairs window, I would and them in my room which all done in adirondack pine boarding

  80. Amy Losordo says:

    I’d like to hang in my house as well as I have 2 story high interior walls. These are so beautiful. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  81. Barb Kuntsi says:

    Love these – one would look beautiful on my house!

  82. suzette norby says:

    What a great idea.

  83. Jamey says:

    I’d love to hang one of these metal barn quilts on my little barn here in West Virginia!

  84. Gale Yawn says:

    I saw these at a quilt show last year and have pined for one since then. They are beautiful! I have just the spot on the front of my house over the garage door to proudly display one – any of them would be beautiful there.

  85. Roxanne in AK says:

    I love the Mariner’s Compass design and would display it on the front of our garage (the largest area available). If I had two, I could display them on the front of the house between the three windows (window, design, window, design, window).

  86. Bev Stone says:

    I love touring WI and finding all the barn quilts! As a quilter, I would love one of these to put on the side of my house for all to see!

  87. Violet Johnson says:

    My quilting mentor lives in the country with a barn. I think if I won, I would give the prize to her to hang on the side of her barn/garage. Thanks!

  88. rose branham says:

    I LOVE these quilt blocks…what an awesome idea…I have a white house and one of these would look just wonderful beside my red door… I am a quilter (I should be honest and say I am a piecer) My 83 yr. old Mother does my hand quilting…I am blessed…..and would appreciate a quilt block to show my love of quilting!

  89. Laura Hunt says:

    I’ve been wanting one of these barn blocks, but it’s not in my budget right now. I have a HUGE 156 year old brick home that one of these blocks would look wonderful on, and that is also where my long arm quilting business is! I would love to win one!

  90. Kim Q says:

    I’d have to hang it on my front porch. Thanks for the chance to win!

  91. Robyn Williams says:

    I would love one over my bed in place of the copper fans I have there now. Tehy are all so wonderful!

  92. Debbie says:

    These are Beautiful! and a great way to add a quilt to your house without painting. I love the mariner’s compass. But I thiink they are all beautiful and outstanding. I think I would have to put one on point at the peak of my house!!
    I think I will also add the napkin holder to my wish list.

  93. judy says:

    I have lots of cast iron things I use to decorate my porch. The metal works quilt would be right at home hanging with those things. I also like the rusty works on Mark’s page.

  94. Lisa McGriff says:

    Oh I love these and my husband and I just built a red barn… You bet I know where I would put one of these! FRONT and CENTER!
    lisamcgriff (at) hotmail (dot) com

  95. Kathleen says:

    If I am lucky enough to win one, it is going on the wall outside my quilting room to “annouce” to everyone whose room it is and what happens there!

  96. Claudia says:

    I have the perfect little barn to hang one of his metal sculptures on. Being in farm country, how about “Farmer’s Daughter”? (I can hear my little barn/tool shed whining now–I want, I want)

  97. Brenda Hulsey says:

    These are wonderful! I don’t have a barn or shed to display one but have been wanting one. If I had one I could display one of these on the end of my garage where everyone who drives up would see it! I think a maple leaf block would be beautiful like this!
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

  98. Karen Broughton says:

    These metal quilts are awesome. The spot I was going to put the wooden barn quilt would look even better with a metal one! If I don’t win one, maybe my hubby will be inspired to try his hand at making one…..

  99. Tammy Hempel says:

    A New York block would be really nice to see made of iron. A perfect place for one of these works of art would be foyer so that the first thing a person coming into my home would see it. I think they are beautiful. Thank you for the giveaway.

  100. Carol Hemmingsen says:

    Would love to win one of these!

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