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

Friday, August 22, 2014

LONE STAR

This is "Lone Star". I saw that Laurel Barn Quilts had made one like this so I altered mine a little from theirs. Had the points overlap the border to give it a different effect. This is a 2 footer for sale for $60.

Our business started about a year and a half ago and this is the 75th barn quilt we've made.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

PLUM ISLAND COMPASS

That's the name of this pretty 2 foot barn quilt we just finished. It will be displayed on the front of the embroidery business "In The Hoop" in Winchester. I'll try and get pictures posted of it again once it's hung.

Monday, August 18, 2014

BLUFFS PICNIC

When the rain finally subsided about noonish this past Saturday we were able to set our small barn quilt display up at the Bluffs Picnic. I think the temperature was perfect and it turned out to be a great event. Our youngest grandson Aiden got lots of candy at the parade (see how excited he was!)and mom and dad gave free barrel train rides. Their church handed our Gospel tracts as well. It was a wonderful time.

Friday, August 15, 2014

PRICE FARM

This is the Robert Price Farm on the west edge of Whitehall, IL. This is the Windmill Star hung on a building at a location just past the last curve heading out of town towards Hillview. It's on the south side of the road.

On down the road about half a mile is where the Harvest Star now hangs. It's on a building close to this fantastic barn. The four foot barn quilts turned out nice and look great.

Further down the road a little you find another of the Price barns. This round barn just looks wonderful!

Monday, August 4, 2014

DOUBLE ASTER

Here's another "Double Aster" that we recently finished. It's a 2 footer for sale for $60 and now hangs at Tipsord's Turf and Landscape in Winchester, IL. Stop by and view all their neat gift ideas. Thanks for looking.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

GOLF STAR

Here is a neat barn quilt we designed for one of our customers who also allow us to display our bq's at their restaurant, Buck & Jo's Too in Winchester.

One of the co-owner's wanted something with a golfing theme so this is called "Golf Star" and is a 2 footer currently hanging at their business. It has a lot of colors in it and, once again, our camera does not do it justice. The boarder is dark blue and the golf club is dark grey, light grey and black. Stop by, have a great meal and see the barn quilts. Thanks for looking.

Friday, July 25, 2014

BUTTERFLY

Finished this 1 foot "Butterfly" not long ago. It's for sale for $30. Thanks for looking.

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.