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, March 27, 2015


"Dutch Rose" variations that the customer will choose from. The other will be sold for $60. I'll possibly be making seven more different patters, combined will make a 4' x 8' vertical wall display. The only thing common of all eight will be the burgundy colored border.

Friday, March 20, 2015


Here's a 2 x 2 design that the Quilt Square Girls said we could duplicate. I'll be doing this in a few other colors soon. This is for sale for $60.


Here is a 2 footer that I just hung morning for a nice lady in Winchester. She was given one of our gift certificates for Christmas but wasn't sure what design she'd like. I asked her if she had a family quilt we could get a design from and she said she had her mother's quilt called "Grandmother's Flower Garden." So, that's what we ended up using. She was very pleased and it looks great on her garage!

Thursday, March 12, 2015


Had a great time last night speaking to about 30 people at the Times Square Sewing Complex in Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Sewing Guild invited me to talk about our barn quilts. I love seeing these wonderful ladies and all the great work they do on their quilts.

April 21st we'll be at Meredosia speaking to the Quilt Guild there about our barn quilts.

Monday, March 9, 2015


Here's a picture of the "Blazing Star" mounted on a garage on the west side of Main St. across from the city park in Winchester, IL. It looks pretty nice I think.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


Here's another "Blazing Star" I just completed for a local customer. It will hang on North Main in Winchester soon. Thanks for looking.


Here's a nice 2 x 2 that we just finished. It's called "Builder's Star." It will be for sale for $60. The dark color is a flag blue though it looks a lot darker in the photo. I think we'll make another but change that color to black.

Thanks for looking and be safe this weekend!

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.