Jesus Christ is our pattern for life. "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." John 13:34

Monday, July 21, 2014

OHIO STAR VARIATION

This is one we just finished that is a variation of the Ohio Star. The lighter color is called "Wheat" and is an off white. For Sale for $60.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

BARN QUILTS: BRINGING US TOGETHER!

Here's a great barn quilt story. A customer had us create this "God's Eye" BQ for them this past Fall. They did not get it hung until this Spring. Some friends of theirs who live in Missouri liked it and wants us to make a similar one but in different colors. When we contacted the customer in Mo. to go over details, we discovered that we are related to them! We didn't know anything about them but we do now! We're so excited to get to know them and will meet them this Fall when they pick up their order at the Prairie Land Steam Show in Jacksonville, IL. All because of a barn quilt.

Here's a couple great pictures of the BQ on the customers granary. It's located in Carlinville IL.

4TH OF JULY SPECIAL

Happy Independence Day from Bentley Barn Quilts everyone! Our second President John Adams once wrote to his wife Abigail, “The Second Day of July 1776 will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. . . . It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires, and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

We had the privilege this holiday of getting to visit with one of our recent customers, the Matt Hubbert family today and see the Mosaic Star that they mounted on their barn. It looks fantastic and so patriotic! If you travel the Merritt blacktop from Bluffs towards Jacksonville, just on the west edge of Merritt, look to your south and you'll see it peering over the corn tassels. It took some imaginative engineering to get it up but they did a great job.

The Hubbert's told us that the barn was built back in the 1920's and, at that time, was the Hawk farm. Thank you to the Hubbert Family! We love the history behind the old barns and barn quilts help keep that history alive, just like celebrating our independence keeps our illustrious history alive.

As our good friend Katie Heaford (Kate's Barn Quilts) mentioned on our Facebook page, this design is also called "Carpenter's Wheel." Many quilt block designs had multiple names and this one included. Some additional names it could be called are: Black Diamond, Diadem Star, Double Star, Knickerbocker Star, Lone Star of Paradise, Star of Bethlehem, Star Quilt Block, Star Within a Star, Sunflower, Twinkling Star and there may even be more. If you make it one primary color then that would give it a whole different set of names. We chose "Mosaic Star" for ours. Thanks for pointing this out Katie!

Be safe and have a wonderful Fourth!

BUILDING A 6 FOOTER

We had the opportunity to make a 6 footer for a new customer recently. Thought we'd show you how the back of the barn quilt looks plus a series of development and the finished product. We were excited about doing this project and it took up most of our small shop.

MAPLE LEAF ON DISPLAY

One of our customers gifted their parents with a 4' "Maple Leaf" and this is it mounted on their home. It looks great and is located just to the south of the Plum Creek Golf Course on I-72.

PORCH QUILTS

We possibly will be adding these "home address quilts" or "Porch Quilts" to our offerings. You can put your name, street number or a greeting below the quilt design and hang them next to your homes front door, or on an inside wall if you like.

We'll be using a vinyl lettering that we can have choices of different fonts and colors. The price will be $45 and they are on 12" x 18" birch boards. The one on the left is called "Father's Choice" and the right one is "Prosperity."

As always, thanks for looking and have a blessed day!

MACOMB BARN QUILTS ON DISPLAY

Here are a couple barn quilts that a customer from Macomb IL. gifted to her mom. This is the Railroad Crossing on the left and Dolly Madison Star on the right overlooking a collection of birdhouse. Thanks Amanda for sending the pic!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

STAR AND STRIPES

This 1 footer was also just finished a short time ago and is for sale for $30. Thanks for looking.

MARINER'S COMPASS

Just finished this 2 footer a few days ago. It's for sale for $60 and is hanging, at present, at Buck and Jo's Too restaurant in Winchester.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

SPARKS

This little 1 foot barn quilt design is called "Sparks." I recently completed it and it sold just a few days later.

Monday, May 12, 2014

KINGS STAR

This is really cool. A customer wanted us to make a BQ for her mom and one for her grandmother for Mother's Day. The Pinwheel is for her mom and the other, called "King's Star", was for her grandmother who's last name is King. The pattern was taken from a actual quilt she had! They are both 2 footers.

I love these kinds of things. Barn quilts that have a special meaning and are tied in to a story are really great! Thanks for looking.

MOSAIC STAR

One of our daughters families wanted us to make a barn quilt for her husbands mom for Mother's Day. They picked out a red, white and blue 2' Mosaic Star. It turned out quite nice.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

BLAZING STARS

Here's the two "Blazing Star" BQ's I made for my sister and bro-in-law Kim & Marty Wood. The one on the house is a 2 x 2 and the barns is a 3 x 3. I think they look very nice don't you? You can view these in Bluffs, IL. The house sits just to the north of the Napa Store on Route 100.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

THE HANGING OF CORN AND BEANS

Yesterday I got to help hang the Corn and Beans 4 footer that we sold to our friends, Lee and Debbie McKean. Lee is a big John Deere fan and this BQ just seemed to fit his d├ęcor. I even got him to pose for a pic. This is what makes creating barn quilts special to me; seeing them hung up for everyone to admire and enjoy. Wouldn't you agree?

Their barn quilt can be viewed in the West Point Subdivision just west of Jacksonville, IL. Drive by and view it.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

LARGE PINWHEEL & FRIENDSHIP STAR

I haven't posted in a while but I have been working on some barn quilts. I just finished a 4 foot "Pinwheel" and a 2 foot "Friendship Star" that a couple from Merritt, Illinois ordered. I will post pictures of them again once they're mounted on the Morton buildings. Thanks for looking.

Friday, February 28, 2014

STARBURST 1

With all the gazillions of quilt pattern designs available we should never have to worry about running out of ideas for barn quilts. But, I decided to try and make a couple of my own. Here's one that I call "Starburst 1". I used some of the colors found in the Starburst candy. You have to look closely but I used white and also cream for the stars tails. I will be making a "Starburst 2" soon that will be a slight variation of this one. This is on a 2 x 2 board. Thanks for looking.

Monday, February 24, 2014

FRIENDSHIP STAR

Here is a different version of the "Friendship Star" that I recently finished. The lady that ordered this has four close friends and each color on this BQ represents one of them. The name is fitting as well. Pretty neat idea. This was made on a 16" birch board.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

BLAZING STAR

Just finished this for my sister Kim. It will hang on the front of her house in Bluffs, IL. and is a 2 x 2 on birch.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

BELLS and ST. LOUIS

Here is a couple Christmas gifts that I made. "Bells" went to my wife's sister Linda, since her married name is Bell, and "St. Louis" went to her other sister Marilyn, who lives in St. Louis. I made it with the Cardinals and Rams colors. They were made on one foot birch boards.

Monday, February 3, 2014

PINWHEEL

Just finished this one yesterday. Enjoyed doing it and, like most barn quilt designs, the color combinations could be endless. This one will probably sell for a little more than our normal $60 price for a 2 x 2 because it involved more time and material. I think it turned out okay for my first try.