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Saturday, July 26, 2014


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


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

Monday, July 21, 2014


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


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.


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!


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.


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.


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!


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.