For years Pat Mitchell of El Dorado has been quilting. Recently, she decided to try a new trend in quilting, creating her own barn quilt.
Mitchell had read about the barn quilts in an article in the El Dorado Times.
She said while she had been quilting for many years, she began quilting a lot when her husband was ill with Alzheimer’s for two years and she couldn’t leave him if there wasn’t a nurse there to care for him.
“So all I did was quilt,” she said.
She made 14 quilts during that time, many of which she gave to family and friends.
She used one of those quilt patterns as the basis for her barn quilt.
She said after reading about the barn quilts, she couldn’t wait to get started on one, but had to finish work on a rental house first. As soon as that was complete, she got to work on the quilt.
Then her daughter found information on someone who knew how to make one and she got a book on barn quilts from the library. She also had seen a quilt up by Shawnee.
She made her quilt on two 4-foot by 8-foot boards. She had them put on a trailer where she painted them. The only help she needed was to turn them.
Mitchell only used primary colors on the quilt, mixing her own colors.
“I worked on it for two weeks,” she said. “It was just like piecing a quilt, I didn’t want to stop until I was done. I just couldn’t wait when I saw that piece in the paper.”
The quilt includes 160 individual triangles. She drew out the pattern on the wood and used tape to mark off the areas when she was painting so it wouldn’t bleed.
She added one star in the middle and four flowers around that.
When it came time to hang them, she called Graphic Arts, which came out and bolted the boards to the garage.
“I think now we could have put them up ourselves but we were afraid to because they weighed so much,” she said.
To let the quilt be seen more, she put two solar lights out to shine on it at night.
She has had people driving by to look at the quilt. She also registered it with the Flint Hills Quilt Trail.
“I hope some other people get them who have barns,” she said.
Page 2 of 2 - Her barn is located at 5319 NW 40th Street, El Dorado, located off of Highway 196 near Potwin.
More on the quilt trail can be found at http://ksflinthillsquilttrail.blogspot.com.