Barn Quilts, quilt blocks painted on wood squares, have a rich history as an artistic expression in rural areas throughout the United States. This year, Central Minnesota is joining this artistic revival with a new Barn Quilt Trail.
Barn Quilts of Central MN is working within Wadena, Todd, Morrison and Cass counties to create a richly woven trail of Barn Quilts for all to enjoy.
Art is being created and displayed by area residents and business owners on barns, buildings, and fence posts. Each Barn Quilt is uniquely and carefully crafted to reflect its sponsor and last for generations.
Take a tour of our Barn Quilt Trail as it leads you into our friendly communities and out into the beautiful Central Minnesota countryside.
I began quilting in 2003 by joining a local quilt guild. The ladies were very welcoming, taught me many types of techniques and it blossomed from there. I couldn’t get enough, so I took classes, joined another guild, went on shop hops, and bought a longarm. I practiced for 2 years before starting my own business. Then 3 years ago I started making quilts for people from scratch, designing and selecting fabrics based on their needs. I provide long arm quilting and hand quilting, embroidery work, weaving fabric to create rugs or scarves and creating a unique quilt designs for each individual.
Artist Statement: The process of making felt is very old and unique. I learned felting through Russian felt artists. I use merino wool and other natural fibers to wet felt and nuno felt. To create felt fabric, I use wool, soap, hot water and my hands. I create shawls, scarves, hats, vests, baby booties and lamp shades in unique design and colors. I enjoy working with wool, locks and silk. The process to make felt is long; it takes approximately 14 hours to make one shawl. Nuno felt is using wool with adding silk or other fabric to create a different effect. Each item is one of a kind, it is never the same.
“My fiber sculptures honor the integrity of traditional cloth in a contemporary setting, placing them in a 3 dimensional element.” – Barbara Riegel Bend
As a fiber artist I am drawn to the rich heritage of cloth and the story it tells through its content, color, design, and cultural history. I work with fabrics that have their own integrity and voice. In my fiber sculptures I explore the interplay of cross cultural fabrics stitched side by side with a reconfiguration of contemporary ‘throw away items’ that in their new form share the pattern, color or texture but not the history. I look to these contemporary items, such as snaps, perm rollers, zippers, for their design elements and ability to attach and repeat thus creating a rhythmic pattern to sew on to these fiber sculptures.
My fiber sculpture forms are internally supported by welded scrap metal, fencing or electrical wire structures. The shape is built up by tightly wrapped strips of knit t-shirts. The result is a firm and sturdy sculpture that is self supporting with a solid form. My fiber sculptures flare out with movement to help express the energy of the moment expressed.
Welcome to my world. It’s a world of colorful beads and lustrous threads, rich fabrics and ornate designs. My art quilts and embroideries are inspired by the shapes, patterns, colors, and life force of the natural world. In my work you will often see the leaves that surround my Wisconsin home; you may also see flowers, turtles, dragonflies, poetry, and currents of wind and water.
The art quilts and embroideries presented on this Web site/blog are the fruits of the labor I love–meticuloulsy crafted works in fiber–whether in the form of ornately pieced and appliqued quilts or richly hand-beaded and embroidered works on fabric. Enter and enjoy.
Long-arm quilting has helped me make new friends and meet new people. I have a wonderful studio designed, by my son-in-law, to have good lighting and excellent storage. The time I spend working on quilts for myself and other people is a wonderful part of my week. The studio picture below illustrates the wonderful light and clean lines that help me do a great job on your very special quilts.
About the name of her business: The name comes from a 1950’s toy sewing machine called “Little Mother”. Additionally, my husband Richard took to calling me the “Little Mother” due to my stature and our two lovely children. Before my quilting business took off the name was somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but the business evolved and the name has stuck around.
Working in fiber since 2005, Pat uses the tactile nature of the fabrics to create a simplified expression of the strength, beauty and complexity in the natural world around her. A painter first and currently a quilter, Pat sees the emerging field of quilts in the art world opening new opportunities and challenges for creative expression with textiles. Pat is involved in her local and regional community of art and quilting, being a member of several Wisconsin art associations and a professional member of the Studio Artist Quilters Association. She exhibits locally, nationally and internationally, is available for lectures and workshops on the techniques she uses to make her quilts.
Gifts in the Gallery is an annual artist gift shop that runs for two weeks mid December. It’s held in the Inez Greenberg Gallery. There is a festive reception on December 4 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The shop is open from December 4-18, 2013.
Our mission is to build a vibrant community for modern quilters and fiber artists in the greater Madison area to come together and learn and develop techniques, abilities, styles and interests.
We partner with our customers to fulfill their needs while sustaining the business through mutual support. Providing immediate access to materials and supplies that customers need enables them to keep their creative juices flowing and supports their growth and, in turn, that of the shop’s bottom line.