Saturday, March 2, 2013

Quilt inspiration

I was reading an article about barns in an older Smithsonian magazine.  The article featured a photographer, David Plowden, who was taking pictures of old barns to preserve their images. As the number of farms decrease, old barns are being torn down or abandoned.

The photographs were beautiful, but I found this one especially appealing:


Someone took the trouble to either paint or arrange the roof shingles in the shape of a cow -  What creativity!  The article didn't give any details about the photo, but I suspect this was on a dairy farm.

As a quilter, I envisioned a quilt made in this design:


It would simply be squares, arranged and set on point.  I imagine a blue sky, green grass, and a black and white cow.  To be more interesting, I'd make is controlled-scrappy, using squares of the same general color but of different patterns and prints.

There's inspiration everywhere!


Source of photograph:  A Lofty Tribute to Barns: photographs by David Plowden  by Jim Doherty, Smithsonian Magazine, October 2000  p. 117

1 comment:

  1. What a cool barn roof. I hope you make that pattern. What fun! Thanks for sharing.