The Davey family outside Leland in rural DeKalb County, Illinois.
The family calls this barn quilt square ‘Patriotic.’ Looking at the context, I’d certainly agree with that.
I’m going to take a really wild guess here & say that someone in the Davey family is a Marine, was a Marine, is a retired Marine, or maybe even all of the above.
The above two photographs are of the Lamesch barn outside Waterman in rural DeKalb County, Illinois. This particular square is called ‘Drunker Passage.’
A ‘Passage’ quilt is made in memory of someone who passed away & to help the family with their grief. When I thought about the word ‘Drunker,’ I thought yes, that could have been the last name of the person who had passed away. Maybe. But then my dark sense of humor kicked in, & I thought maybe the poor guy (or gal) passed away because they were drunker than everybody else at the party, far far too drunk — in other words, alcohol poisoning. I decided not to ask. If I had started laughing, that would not have been cool.
The above two pics are of the Bend family barn outside Waterman, in rural DeKalb County, Illinois.
This barn quilt square is in the ‘Flying Geese’ pattern.
The above two photographs are of the Thorsen family place outside Waterman, in rural DeKalb County, Illinois.
But let’s be honest here. This is not a ‘barn quilt square.’ This is a ‘garage quilt square.’ Albeit a very large garage. Or actually what the farmers in my family would call a machine shed. I think it’s a gorgeous square tho. This is the ‘Lonestar’ pattern. Whether or not the Thorsens originally hail from Texas or not, I have no idea.
The Larson family outside Shabbona in rural DeKalb County has the barn (a legitimate barn) in the above two pics.
This is the ‘Farmer’s Daughter’ pattern.
The above 2 photos are the Barshinger family place outside Shabonna in rural DeKalb County, Illinois.
Honesty time again. The Barshingers decided to make their square look larger, I guess, by not using a barn, nor a garage or machine shed, but instead going with the smaller shed off to the side. Sort of like the idea that if someone who’s 5’7″ wants to look taller, they should stand next to someone who’s 4’2″.
They’re calling this the ‘Case IH’ pattern. I had absolutely no idea there even was a ‘Case IH’ pattern, but with having family on my father’s side involved thru the decades with International Harvester, I’m fine with having a ‘Case IH’ pattern around. But I’ll just bet there’s a ‘John Deere’ pattern out there somewhere too.
And with the above 2 pics, we come to a good ol’ hog barn — the Kuhn family hog farm outside Shabonna in rural DeKalb County, Illinois.
The is called the ‘Variable Star’ pattern.
There were beautiful hogs there behind the concrete. I love hogs & was sorely tempted to go get upclose & personal, but altho I love hogs, I know hogs generally don’t care too much for folks they aren’t familiar with. So we didn’t want to irritate the farmer by attempting to visit his hogs. (Maybe if somebody points the family to my post, they’ll invite me for a visit hint hint.)
And thus ends our barn quilt square tour through southern DeKalb County, Illinois.
!! HAPPY SPRING !! (Even if it is only 24 degrees F outside today.)