Thursday, April 17, 2008

a beautiful spring day

Welcome me!

I do not intend to spend a great deal of time writing about myself, but this is a personal blog... I do not intend to delve too deeply into politics, but I am not asleep... I do want to share what has become a passion of mine, and that is the wonderful world of Barn Quilts (a.k.a. Quilt Barns). There is a growing number of people that know what a Barn Quilt is, but I fear that we are still but a small minority.

For me, being excited once by an unexpected explosion of color while driving down a quiet country road, could have left me with a sense that this is not much more than eye candy. To be surprised and titillated again, and again, has me thinking that there is more to the story. To find out that the creators of this art are not necessarily artists, but communities of friends and neighbors, has exited me. To discover that there are stories that are being shared about the history of the quilts and quilt blocks, and the people that made them, and that this is not a local phenomenon, has me convinced that what I am witnessing is a true grassroots movement that may forever change the memories created on trips down our back roads and blue highways.

What I will be sharing with you is an exploration of the Barn Quilt movement. I intend to help provide information, links, and experiences, and make some new friends along the way. This is not a short term project. I do not venture down this road without being aware that there are a lot of involved and passionate people that have already spent a great deal of time, and energy to get this art movement as far along as it is today, but there is a vision of what may lay ahead. I also have a personal mission of wanting to help those community groups and art councils to fund the growth and maintenance of these projects. This takes time, but there is a real feeling that we are all on the cusp of what Malcolm Gladwell has called a tipping point.

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