Sunday, October 13: All throughout Highland County are barns painted with quilt squares by artisan Margie Boesch. Says the artist on the website, Artisans Center of Virginia: Highland Barn Quilts:
Quilting has been an interest of mine for many years. I love the symmetry of the patterns, the interplay of lights and darks, the use of color that sings in the fabrics, and especially the heritage they represent. However, I now prefer to paint them rather than to sew them!
My farmer husband suggested putting a few on our barns. Interest and orders grew and Highland County now has over twenty-five barn quilts on barns and sheds in our beautiful county.
During my drive today, I was able to photograph only 5 of the 25 throughout the county. As a former quilter, I was struck by the variety of colorful and traditional patterns. I saw more than these, but I wasn’t able to photograph them because it was difficult to pull off the road without trespassing on people’s properties. Here are a few of them.