Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Robert L Allen Family Barn. Hiddenite, North Carolina

After the Wooten barn, we went on to the next one. This was a little like playing "Where's Waldo?" as we had to drive down back country roads looking for road signs that I couldn't read until we were right up on them (darn middle-aged eyes). There was a lot of brake hitting and U-turning while we were trying to find the right roads. Fortunately, there was very little traffic to annoy as they were probably all out deer hunting and not behind us with their loaded shotguns.

The Robert L. Allen Family Barn features one bock of a quilt called “Turkey Tracks.” The quilt was made by Mamie Lee Poarch Teague in 1965 in Alexander County. The quilt is owned by the maker’s great-granddaughter Dinah Austin of Taylorsville.

I should have mentioned this for the last post, but the wrinkles you see on the quilt are actually painted. They are so realistic that some owners have had people come up to their doors wondering why they were leaving the quilts out in the inclement weather.

As tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day and I won't have a post, I think this quilt is an appropriate way to celebrate the holiday. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!


frayedattheedge said...

Oh - I wish we could have something similar over here - but maybe without the hunters!!

Val said...

As I read your post I was also wondering about the quilt being outdoors and how it would fare in winter. Then all was explained! Do the owners of the various buildings paint the pix themselves or does some enterprising quilt artist take commissions?

Karen said...

Anne: I understand that the barn quilt idea is spreading outside of the US. Ontario, Canada is promoting the program, too. Maybe it will come there someday, soon (but without the hunters).

Val: The quilt barns are either funded by the owners or, in the case of these quilts, they were funded in part by the Folklife Section of the North Carolina Arts Council, which is funded by the North Carolina Legislature and the National Endowment for the ARTS. The cost of these generally are around $400 to $500. These are painted by artists who do this specifically. A win for the farmer and county because it draws tourists and a win for the artist in this tough economy.

Carolina said...

Ah! See? I knew it would become clear eventually! What a great painting. And beautiful colours too.

(I'm beginning to realize I need glasses. Perhaps you do to?)