Barn Quilt Square

 quilt barn 1Our barn is on the Appalachian Quilt Trail. This quilt was discovered with several old family quilts in a trunk at Aunt Willie’s after her death at age 92 in 2001. When the quilts were divided among family, we chose this one for its bright friendly colors and the Bear Claw pattern. Aunt Willie and her husband, John C. Deakins, taught at Holston school from the late 1930s until the early 1970s. For that reason, when we learned we were going to get a quilt square for the barn, we were excited when Mrs. Almaroad’s Holston Middle School art class was willing to paint it. And teachers from Sullivan South High School donated money to help frame and hang the square for Roy’s retirement.