Tulip Basket quilt on the Birnschein barn

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Daniela Brocca on September 18, 2012

This one is very nice, Marilyn. I see there are a lot.Is it a Wisconsin tradition? Cheers, Dany

Marilyn Whiteley on September 19, 2012

Thanks, Dany. Yes, there are a lot! You could call this a new tradition. Before the beginning of the 20th century, some barns - but far from all of them - were decorated with painted designs. Then some farmers (again far from all of them) discovered that they could make a little money by selling space for advertisements to be painted on their barns! But that, too, has mostly gone out of fashion.

Just within the last 10 years or so, some people have started putting up "barn quilts." They are meant to honour the farming tradition of the area, and they are also meant to honour the traditional woman's art of quilting by using traditional quilt block patterns as designs. They certainly give colour to the countryside!

I suppose some of my Panoramio viewers are getting tired of seeing them. But I am making a little project of photographing and posting photos of all the ones in this county. I've now photographed them all, and I'll post the rest soon. Cheers, Marilyn

Daniela Brocca on September 19, 2012

Thanks for your explanation, Marilyn, I'm looking forward to see the others. Cheers, Dany

r.w. dawson on October 1, 2012

This one if different. It's less pattern like it's design and the neatness of the yard makes it stand out also.

Diane on October 4, 2012

This is very sweet, especially on the weathered wood. You can really feel the pride the farmers and their wives have in their culture in all of these!

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  • Uploaded on September 17, 2012
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    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Camera: OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-P2
    • Taken on 2012/09/14 09:58:41
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/640)
    • Focal Length: 25.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: -0.30 EV
    • No flash

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