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

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

GOD'S EYE AT REST

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

CARD TRICK

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

PRAIRIE LAND HERITAGE STEAM SHOW 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 you 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

NORTH CAROLINA STAR

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.

SPOOLS

This is a 1 footer that we just finished called "Spools." It is for sale for $30.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

GREENE GABLES INN

We had a great time last Saturday at the Car "Boot" Sale at the Greene Gables Inn in Whitehall. There was a steady number of people that came thru and the weather was great. We sold some barn quilts and took a number of orders. We look forward to doing it again next year. Our grandson Landon Wahl was a great help to us tear down as well.

Our thanks to the Greene Gables Inn owners and staff for a great event.

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.