Why I Quilt
- Barbara Hartman
Barn Quilt Sampler 1
This quilt was designed
with the intention of keeping the blocks as true to the colors painted
on the barns as possible. I chose a color scheme and created the quilt you
see before you. It contains 12 blocks adorning barns throughout Green County.
I am often asked “Why do
you quilt?” This should be a very simple and easy question to answer, but
it’s not. There are many reasons why I quilt.
As a child, I loved quilts that
my parents had that their grandmothers had made for them when they were children.
By the time I was 10 I had gotten those gorgeous quilts out of the linen
cabinet and put them on my bed. Those beautiful quilts didn’t belong in a
cabinet; they needed to be out and loved. Today, even worn and retired from
everyday use, they remain my first connection to important women from my
past, women I never had the opportunity to meet. They are my first connection
to a craft that has significantly influenced the course of my life.
|I quilt because it offers me a significant
creative outlet. I don’t draw or paint, but I do see how shapes and colors
can come together to be something so much more than the sum of its parts.
I enjoy the challenge of balancing warm and cool colors or creating a piece
of art that invites you to continue to look at it without growing tired
or complacent. I enjoy the puzzle of figuring out the most efficient way
to put all of the pieces together. I can put a little piece of myself into
each of my quilts through the choices I make regarding the colors, the fabrics,
the pattern, and the quilting itself.
I quilt because it’s therapy.
When life gets too real and I want to shut out the world, forget my troubles,
and take a break from the challenges of the day, I can lose myself in the
rhythm of the feed dogs pulling the layers through the sewing machine. I
must be in the here and now, I must pay attention to what I am doing, but
if I stay focused, I am rewarded not only with functional artwork, but with
relief from my troubles, even if only temporary.
Barn Quilt Sampler 2
I like to call this the
Badger Barn Quilt. The blocks for the quilt were chosen based on the colors
painted on the barns. I took all of the blocks that were red, black, white
and gray and arranged them into the quilt you see hanging here. It contains
11 blocks hanging on barns throughout Green County.
This Rainbow Blossom block
is a variation on the traditional Giant Dahlia quilt block, which gained
popularity in 1930s.
|Ultimately, there is one reason that
trumps all of the others. I quilt because I love my family. Like my grandmothers
before me, I can give my family a piece of myself disguised as a blanket that
they can wrap themselves in to stay warm and know I love them. I quilt because
I want to be able to give them a hug even when I can’t be there. They will
always be able to wrap up in their quilts and know that they can rest easy
as they are safely being held in my warm embrace.
That’s why I quilt.
Tree of Life
This Tree of Life block
has 103 pieces, not including the setting triangles or borders. That would
be quite a few pieces to fit into a 12” block, which explains why I chose
to make this barn quilt an enlarged stand-alone piece.
The Double Wedding Ring
gained popularity in the 1930s and remains one of the most recognized quilt
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Amish Rubik’s Cube
The Amish are well-known
for using solid colors in their quilts, particularly black. I chose to make
this quilt block with tone-on-tone fabrics based upon my preference for
the subtlety and visual interest created by the pattern.
Barbara Hartman has used the barn
quilts of Green County, Wisconsin as her inspiration.
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