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

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


That's where the 2 foot barn quilt on the right will be auctioned off Feb. 7th in Winchester, IL. Come out and bid on it. It's for a great cause. The one on the left is for sale for $60.

Thanks for looking!


Saturday, January 24, 2015


Here's a couple "Welcome Quilts" that we just finished. These are the two size we offer; small (12" x 18") $45 and large (16" x 24") $55. These were both sold. Thanks for looking.


A Christmas gift for some Chicago Bears fans!

2015 IS HERE!

Welcome 2015! We would like to thank everyone who bought barn quilts from us in 2014. We had a great year and so appreciate your business. We hope to have an even better 2015. Thankfully, we were able to gel all our Christmas orders done on time again this year!

I am not big on New Year's resolutions but I have set a long term goal to try and put at least one of our barn quilts in each 50 states! So far we only have them in a few which include Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas and Ohio. So, we have a long way to go. If any of you can help us reach our goal we would definitely appreciate it. Tell your out of state friends and family about us. The only limitation we have is that the biggest BQ we will ship is a 2 footer.

Also, in 2015 we will be adding some new products to sell. More about them later as they develop.

Thanks again to all our past, present and future customers for considering our barn quilts and we wish you a very blessed New Year and look forward to serving your barn quilt needs in 2015!

Mark and Pat Bentley


Had a great time with the members of the Springfield Lincolnland Sewing Guild last night. I gave a talk about barn quilts, it's history and our small business to about 14 ladies. I appreciate their invitation to speak and really enjoyed it. They were a great audience!

Saturday, December 20, 2014


We, at Bentley Barn Quilts, wish all our barn quilt family of friends a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May you celebrate this joyful time in the spirit of the real reason for the season, the Christ child's birth. May Jesus be the focus of your life all the year long!

In Christ's love, Mark and Pat Bentley


It's too late for us to complete any new orders by Christmas but we do offer BBQ Gift Certificates now. These would make great Christmas gifts and allow the receiver more time to decide which pattern and colors they prefer. If your interested in a barn quilt to be shipped, unfortunately we can only ship sizes up to 2 foot square. Give us a call if you're interested and thanks for your business. 217-473-8555.


Tried my hand at doing a stained 1 foot barn quilt with flat paints. It turned out fairly well. We'll think about adding these to our inventory but for now I just hung it in my shop.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


This is a "Welcome Quilt" that we now make in two sizes: 12" x 18" & 16" x 24". They can be hung next to your house door and have your name, address, welcome or other message applied. We sell our smaller one for $45 and the larger $55. The more difficult barn quilt designs will add an addition charge of $10. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, November 29, 2014


This is the 100th barn quilt that we've made! That may not sound like many to our fellow barn quilt makers but it's a big milestone for us since we started the business last year.

This is a close copy of one that John Stadtmiller, from Laurel Barn Quilts, tells me was first done by Jo Ann May from Ripley Ohio and displayed in 2006 on the Brown County Ohio quilt trail. Thanks for all your help John!

I've changed the colors slightly from the original design but kept the "Lone Star" pattern. Though the picture makes the border look black, it's actually dark blue to match the inner star.

This happened to be an odd size board measuring 45.5" and will not be for sale because of it's significance and, hopefully, will be soon hanging on display at Buck & Jo's Too's restaurant in Winchester, IL.

Thanks for looking.


Finished this 2 x 2 barn quilt for a customer to be given as a Christmas gift.

Monday, November 10, 2014


Here's a picture our cousins, the Coryell's, just sent to us of the "Flowing Glory" barn quilt that we made for their friends and ours, the Edmonds, who then gifted it to the Coryell's son and daughter-in-law. It is hanging near Conway, Missouri. The building used to be the old "Good Springs Church" but was moved to their farm years ago and converted to their garage. It really adds color to the building and looks great! We love seeing all the different places our barn quilts end up calling home.


Here's another "Director's Dream" we just finished. This is our green version. We make it in blue, brown, red, green and, soon to be, yellow. This one is hanging at the "Buck and Jo's Too" restaurant in Winchester and is a 2 x 2 for sale for $60. Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


We now have our barn quilts at the Times Square Sewing Complex in Jacksonville, IL. We thank the owner, Sue Fox, for allowing us to display and advertise some of our inventory in her fantastic shop. We appreciate it. Stop by and see the barn quilts, inside and outside, and all the neat things Sue and her staff have in their store.


This is a nice 2 footer that we just finished and it's on sale for $60. It is on display at Tipsords Turf and Landscape in Winchester, IL.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


We had a great time this past Saturday at the home of Carroll and Sue Cox just west of Pittsfield. They had a handful of vendors there and we were able to set our barn quilts, and our daughter's home d├ęcor items, up in front of their original log cabin. Mark went in his Colonial outfit and gave tours of the cabin along with keeping a fire going in the fireplace. It was really needed since it was pretty cool and windy.

We had a number of potential contacts and sold some inventory. Thanks to all who came by and visited with us. We hope to set up there again next year. A big thank you to the Cox's and their family for hosting such a great event.


One of our daughter's is a teacher at the Bluffs Elementary School and we were asked to donate a barn quilt to their 3rd Annual PTO Penny Carnival to help raise funds for school activities. We said yes and here is the 2 x 2 Mariner's Compass that will be auctioned off at the event on Sunday Oct. 26th from 1-3 p.m. Come by and participate if you can. We'd really appreciate it.

Monday, October 13, 2014


Our three oldest grandkids all wanted barn quilts for their rooms so the two older one's each picked one from our inventory but the youngest wanted one out of our book of 5500 patterns. So, this is what she decided on. I made her a 12" Panda Patch and she is so proud of it.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Here is a picture our cousin's, the Coryell's from Lebanon, MO., sent us of their stained glass God's Eye barn quilt mounted on their home. It looks great and the colors blend well with the home!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


This is a "Card Trick" variation that we made not long ago. It's a 2 x 2 and for sale for $60.

Monday, September 29, 2014


We had a great three days at the show this past weekend. We got some good orders and had a number of people that were going to order once they went home and measured up what they would need.

Thanks to all who stopped by our booth and bought, ordered or just said "hi" and chatted for awhile. It was great seeing you.

One of the best things that happened this weekend was that our friends, Richard and Carol Edmonds, came and brought our cousins, Stanley and Betty Coryell, to pick up their new barn quilts, "God's Eye" and "Flowing Glory." It was the first time we had met Stanley and Betty and, though short, we had a great visit.

We look forward to being at the Steam Show again next year.

Monday, September 22, 2014


Here is another 1 footer that we just finished called "North Carolina Star." It is for sale for $30. The dark color is a plum color and not black.