FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS?
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1. Do you
actually hang fabric quilts on barns?
No, that wouldn’t work for a lot of reasons including the
deterioration of the fabric due to weather.
2. What is a Barn
Quilt? A barn quilt is really a short name for a quilt block
pattern painted on a composite material and mounted with screws on a
barn. The squares may also be mounted on public or private buildings
or mounted on posts.
3. What does it cost to have a barn
quilt? The average cost is $350 which is for an 8’ X 8’ block.
Depending on the size of the barn and far away it is from a public
road, the block may be smaller or larger. The locations committee
will make a site visit and determine the appropriate size for the
4. How long will the block last?
We use both a high
quality outdoor sign material and outdoor paint that should last up
to 10 years.
5. How can I have a barn quilt if I don’t have a
barn? You can sponsor (pay) for a block and we will try to match
the block pattern you choose to the block pattern desired by the
barn owner in the county.
6. Why would someone want to
sponsor a quilt block if they don’t have a barn? People sponsor
blocks for many reasons, including in memory of someone, as a gift,
or just because they love and want to support this project.
7. What if I have a barn but don’t want to pay for a block, can I
still have one? Your barn may be a candidate for a sponsored
block that needs a home. We’ll make every effort to match you up
with a sponsor of a block.
8. How do I know if my barn will
qualify for a quilt block? We have the criteria for you to see
prior to filling out an application. If our locations committee sees
any possible problem during their site visit, you will receive a
phone call to try to work that out.
9. Does the block have to
be placed on a barn? No, the square may be mounted on public or
private buildings with permission. The square could also be mounted
on posts in front of a business, attraction or in a field. The
location needs to be safe enough that someone could see the block
from the road and stop to take photos.
10. Do I have to put
the block up myself? No. If you would like to help that would be
great but we have experience putting them on barns and want to make
sure it is mounted safely and securely.
11. Who owns the
blocks? The Arts Council of Calvert County owns the blocks.
12. What happens to the block if I sell my farm or the barn?
The new owner must agree with our criteria and want to keep the
block. We will write a new agreement with the new owner. Otherwise,
the block will be removed and stored until a new home can be found.
13. Who chooses the block pattern? Most
barn owners or other location sponsors use a pattern that is a
favorite quilt pattern of the family or one that has a theme that
fits the farm or location.
14. What if I don’t know what
pattern I should have? We have a block committee who will gladly
help you find a pattern. They have access to thousands of quilt
blocks and can search by color, theme, or type of pattern such as
pieced or appliqued. Just tell us you want help and we’ll make some
suggestions for you to choose from.
15. Who paints the
blocks? A group of volunteers paint the blocks based on an
approved sample called a mini.
16. What if I don’t like it
after it is painted? We certainly don’t want that to
happen, so you will first see a paper sample of the pattern and
paint chips for the colors. Once that’s done, it will then be
painted by the volunteers.
long does it take to get a block? There is not a quick answer to
that question. We have a process to go through which all takes a
18. Can any pattern by used?
Yes, as long as
it is not copyrighted. That’s part of our process – to make sure the
pattern is copyright free.
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