About myself

I was born (1947) and raised in Southington, CT and I've remained a resident to this day. I've been married to my beautiful wife Sandra, also a Southington native, for 39 years and we've raised two wonderful children, Ryan 31 and Jennifer 28. I'm currently employed with Connecticut Natural Gas Corporation (26 years) as a Field Collector. My other hobbies include golf, gardening and large scale model railroading.

About barn quilts

Quilt patterns painted on barns dates back to colonial America.  The colonists would paint small patterns on the ends of their barns as a way to honor their heritage.  The director of the Truman Museum in Truman, Minnesota, Marilyn Carrigan, said "The history of the barn quilt begins about 300 years ago with the arrival of immigrants from the Rhine region of Germany.  They came for religious freedom.  These groups included Amish, Mennonites, Lutherans and other Reform groups.  Many settled in Pennsylvania, especially in Berks, Lancaster and Lehigh counties."

The modern version of the barn quilt was started by a lady named Donna Sue Groves.  In 2001 she made a barn quilt square to honor her mother and also to help attract attention from the nearby highway to help a friend's business.  Since that time interest in barn quilts squares grew and today barn quilts can be seen in approximately 27 states.

Many barn quilt squares are based on traditional quilt blocks, such as, log cabin, lamoyne star, mariner's compass, bear paw and wedding ring.  Barn quilt trail have also appeared in many of the 27 states, to showcase the barn quilts and to also generate tourism in the area.

Modern barn quilts are usually made using two sheets of 4' x 8' plywood and painting a quilt block pattern onto the plywood.  Bright colors and bold patterns are used so that the pattern is better to be seen from a distance.