Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A Log Cabin and Barn Story!

The strongest are those who renounce their own times and become a living
  part of those to come. The strongest and the rarest.
                                        Milovan Djilas


My Hero and I have discovered the wonderful world of yard sales, the ones we have usually just whizzed by on the way to those auction sales we seem to find ourselves going most weekends. As long as it keeps raining we will not be haying so we find ourselves with free time we normally would never have found this time of year. This is turning out to be lots of fun, driving in the country side and my making My Hero pull over so I can get those coveted shots of amazing barns.

 After stopping at many yard sales we parked on the road close to where the auction sale we had been seeking, My Hero walked down the long laneway to the auction while I walked up the busy highway to check out a yard sale sign I could see off in the distance. There was an incredible barn sitting on the side of this highway so I of course stopped to take photos, a fair amount of photos, this always seems to happen to me. This was a magnificent and well maintained barn. I fell in love with the original barn boards and its unique architectural style. What a beauty.

When I finally made it to the yard sale sign a man asked me if I was taking photos of his large woodpile. I asked what woodpile?  I had only been focused on his beautiful barn. He laughed and started to tell me a little more about its history. Oh I do love that. It seems this was one of three barns that used to sit on a huge homestead. There were once upon a time acres and acres of prime farmland with three brothers living in three houses with three magnificent barns; this was the only barn left. He did tell me further down the road was a foundation from one of those barns but all the houses were long ago gone and now replaced by newer houses. I thanked him for the history lesson and told him we were farmers and that I often photographed these barns because they needed to be remembered. He loved this idea and was so happy I was doing that.

I excused myself when out of the corner of my eye I spotted a pile of old blankets piled on an old trailer, I made my way over to take a look. I could not believe my luck, it was early in the morning and I was so happy that I had come upon this find first. An old twin size Log Cabin Quilt, oh it was a little worn and needed some repair but I could see the tiny precise stitching and the old cloth probably from old Sunday going to meeting suits  and old remnant dress cloth which had been utilized many years ago to make something beautiful to keep some homesteaders warm. The lady who was selling it had no idea who made it but the tag said $10. Needless to say she did not have to say another word I knew I was going to buy it regardless it was so beautiful and I could feel the history oozing from every stitch. I told her it was going to a loving home. There were a few other woven blankets and a tattered old baby quilt but I had to have this one something made me buy it, it truly tugged at my heart. I thanked her and her husband and headed down the highway towards the auction.


 Walking back to My Hero, and with every step while hugging my Log Cabin Quilt tightly and sporting a huge grin I found that my imagination started creating stories. I could see a tired young woman sitting in her chilly old house, stitching this quilt in a chair by a smoky fireplace with her eyes straining beside the glow of an oil lantern as her children slept upstairs in this house they had built themselves, but sadly has disappeared long ago. She was waiting for her husband who was out in this magnificent barn that his brothers and their community had built together long ago and fortunately was still standing. He was tending to the horses and the cows so that he could return to his family after a very long strenuous day and they would now completely exhausted creep up those worn stairs quietly to check the children and then climb under one of the many quilts his wife had created with skill and love, trying to keep her family warm and her hands and mind busy.

I walked back and while standing looking at that barn I could see the skill and love that went into building such a magnificent structure. I thought that they belonged together just as much as the man and woman who had settled this land and worked so tirelessly long ago. I opened up that Log Cabin Quilt and I hung it on the metal gate with the magnificent barn standing behind and I took some photos. Two amazing skills that should never be forgotten much like those original brave settlers’ lives and stories.


I am pretty sure I am not the only one who can appreciate the skill and time spent long ago to build that magnificent barn and that old Log Cabin Quilt.

Later




47 comments:

  1. The quilt and barn are both fantastic finds! There's so much history in both - I like your imagined story of the quilt.

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  2. I too, can appreciate the skill of the builder and quilter. The skill of imagination and story writing is a treasure to behold as well.

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  3. That's beautiful B -- what a great find!

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  4. Looks a lovely quilt. It's lovely to read you & your husband are having good times relaxing whilst it's raining. Take care my friend...hugs M xox

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  5. What a treasure that quilt is! And what a treasure you are, too, my friend~

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  6. I love going to yard sales. It's a verb to us..."Let's go yard sale-ing!" :-) One never knows whom, or what treasures will be discovered. The quilt was one such treasure, B.

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  7. A photo showing warmth and shelter of skilled hands.

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  8. I love yard sales and Log Cabin quilts!
    What a great find :)

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  9. I had a similar experience at a local Sally Ann a few years back when I found a gorgeous log cabin quilt priced so low below its value I ALMOST felt guilty! such works of art!

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  10. I love strip quilts! When you hung your new one on the gate and took the long shot, it looks like it has tire tracks on it! Go look at it again and you'll see what I mean.

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  11. That is amazing, love the black strips on it! It was a really fortunate find for you. There are so many great quilters on blog land and I so want to try it! I love your idea of the black suits and dresses that went into it - so sweet!

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  12. what a beautiful quilt, that is such a wonderful post, I enjoyed this so much, I felt I was right there with you

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  13. What a gorgeous quilt you got! That's a wonderful deal too. I adore yard sales!

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  14. I'm the same. I need to weave a story around things that are old and have, obviously been made and used with love. What a shame that no one knows their history! What a strange story though....the three brothers with their three barns!!! ( notice the 3 exclamation marks!?). Joan

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  15. I like the photo with the two together - you are preserving pieces of history in that photo :-)

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  16. I am so glad you stopped and took that last shot. It's just perfect! What a wonderful time you obviously had!

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  17. What fun...nice find, Buttons! Yard sales are fun...I haven't gone to many lately, but I really enjoy them.

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  18. loved that you photographed them together. :)

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  19. Now that's a quilt! I love it!

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  20. I love garage sales!! The quilt is a beautiful find.

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  21. Now THAT was a find!!

    I woulda wrestled ya for it.

    Pearl

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  22. Oh, how wonderful!!! Both the quilt and the barn, and to see them together??? Priceless.

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  23. The quilt is beautiful, and the photo is a fitting memorial of both it and the barn. Thanks for sharing their history, both real and feigned!

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  24. A beautiful barn and a beautiful quilt. Such great finds! I love how you photographed them together and archived the wonderful skills that went into making both.

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  25. What a gorgeous quilt!! I have never seen a log cabin where the stripes were so pronounced!! But I see what you mean about it being in sad shape!

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  26. Sweet B,

    Beautiful pictures and fabulous finds. How will you be using this quilt? I would want to hang it up as a piece of art work because of the history behind it.

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  27. AND - The Artist who took time to tell us about BOTH - then give us a gorgeous view.

    Thank You!!!

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  28. I agree. Around my parents farm the barns and old stone houses are going down at an alarming rate. It breaks my heart each time I visit. My brother is keeping it well looked after but he did take down our barn and went back to the original size it was when it was first put up in 1860. It had been added on to and onto and was looking worse for wear but he got the Mennonites in and we had an old barn raising using old and new boards and it is a great "smaller" barn then the one that held up to 400 head of cattle in a feedlot style. Keep up taking the history. A coffee book is needed. There was one made years ago can't remember the title about stone and wooden barns from Canada and lot of the barns in our area where in it because of the carvings on the wood and in the stone foundations. Unfortunately they are no longer standing. It is due.

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  29. Buttons, thank you, thank you so much for your sweet comments on my posts. I haven't visited that many blogs lately with life sort of happening and things needing to be done. When I lived in the city, I used to love yard sales. Now I don't want to buy any more stuff, but I remember how much fun it used to be. Particularly when someone would tell me about the history of something. I love that barn and those quilts. Hugs, Inger

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  30. WOW, What a beautiful log cabin quilt! Love it hanging on the gate with the barn....An amazing picture! Blessings~~~Roxie

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  31. What a beautiful barn, it looks like a barn just down our road, and what an awesome find in the Log Cabin Quilt. It's beautiful!!!

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  32. A rather unique quilt with the black stripes. I like the story you wove around it.

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  33. Great story to go along with your find. And a superb shot at the end that caps your story.

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  34. That last photo really says it all. What a wonderful day out you had. I always envy people who have the patience and skill to make those beautiful quilts. We don't have that type of barn in Australia so it is always a delight to see your pictures of them.
    We do of course have garage sales in the metropolitan area but they seem to be going out of fashion these days. Possibly because we have annual (or in some places bi-annual) street verge collections when people put out the things they no longer want and others drive around scavening!!.
    Thanks once again for a delightful read. xx

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  35. You are such a romantic but it is true do we think often enough about those who struggled in life before us. You have two good reminders here.

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  36. What a lucky find for you. The quilt and the barn with the story behind it. Hugs Sue

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  37. Wow, Buttons, that is just beautiful.Love seeing them together.

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  38. B-I find that my mind wanders back to places like that too when I'm honored to hold such a treasure as your spectacular quilt! And your photo of the quilt together with the barn is simply beautiful.

    A couple years ago I found a large bag of quilt squares for $4.00 in a second hand store-made from 1930's fabrics. My wonderful mom offered to set them into a quilt for me. The thought of the finished quilt, made by such loving hands spanning many decades is enough to make me cry:)

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  39. The quilt is magnificent - so is the barn! Seems like you always have such fun adventures :)

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  40. That quilt really IS a treasure!

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  41. I too photograph old barns - and old houses - to preserve them before they are all gone. And to find an old quilt, though tattered is amazing - and a grand price. And then the barn and quilt photographed together, and I love the story of the family and the quilt. I make up stories too - imagining all that went on in a house, on a farm, around a quilting frame.

    Wonderful story and wonderful photo- and fabulous story!! It is almost like I know the people of that long ago farm.

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  42. Gorgeous quilt. I used to make quilts myself and appreciate fine workmanship in creating these things. You need a lot of patience in making them especially when done by hand.

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  43. what a beautiful find! so glad it went to a lovely care-giver! that last image is just about perfect.
    i have several memories myself of making quilts with grandma and great-grandma at ladies aid. wish i had one of those quilts today. they were probably sold to raise money for the church.

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  44. oh! and it's been some time since i heard the phrase "sunday going to meeting suits" lol

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  45. Beautiful and well loved log cabin quilt finds new love ... a lovely story ... thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

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  46. I love how you appreciate the workmanship and love that went into the creation of both your quilt and the barn. They both are truly works of art and it is so wonderful that someone like you has come along to notice and share their 'stories' with all of us. Hugs xoxo

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