By Hattie J. Singleton Scorof from North Wilkesboro, NC
Title of panel: “It’s a Barn Quilt!”
Dream Theme: Community
Who participated in making this panel?
Debbie Fuller, N. Wilkes High School Art Class, Many barn owners, John Scorof and Ken Welborn, Hattie J. Scorof, Wilkes County Quilters
What is the story behind your panel?
“Wilkes County Quilters celebrated 10th anniversary by sharing quilting with the community by installing barn quilts. They look like real quilts”
Most barn quilts in this country are painted on either the barn or a panel that’s attached to the barn. Ours are actual photos of actual quilts (except for the group photo-that one was painted first and then photographed) so the texture of the fabric and stitching of the quilting design are visible. A man came into the local library where one of our quilters was basting a quilt. He said to her “it’s just not right.” She asked him what he was referring to and he told her the location of one of our barn quilts and said “they’ve nailed a quilt to the barn and left it out there in the wind, rain, and sun and it’s just not right to do that to a quilt!” She told him it wasn’t a real quilt and he insisted he could see the stitching and texture of the fabric and it was indeed a real quilt! She explained that it was a photo of a real quilt that was printed in inks on two 4′ x 8′ sheets of pvc plastic, cured with ultraviolet light and then installed on the barn. We think he made a beeline back to the barn for a closer look. There are 16 in all (so far) spread throughout the county and were done in partnership with the Cultural Arts Council of Wilkes County and Ken Welborn, local publisher. We are very proud of this project!
Thanks again and I’ll be waiting for updates!
Hattie Joan Singleton Scorof
Materials and Techniques: Photo transfer and piecing