And this is not a barn like the ones the other quilts were on. This is an old apple packing house, used for many years and now closed. But like the others, it has a beautiful barn quilt on the side of the building.
The Harrington Apple House was operated by the late Flake Harrington and features the center section of an original quilt design with 5,810 pieces, made by Salle Jane Edmiston Woodward, c. 1885, in Iredell County. The quilt is owned by a great-grandaughter, Ethel Mason Campbell and family of Statesville.
I wish I could tell you specifically that all of these were either painted or are large (and I do mean large, probably close to 5 feet tall squares) photos. All of these barn quilts are on private property and I was loathe to take pictures any closer than from the side of the road. I'm not sure how they handle trespassers up here in the foothills and mountains, but I wasn't interested in finding out. I am pretty sure that the very first barn quilt, the Linney Barn, was painted, but the more I look at these photos (and all of your comments) I'm not sure about the others. But can you imagine how expensive a huge vinyl photo would be?