At one time quilts were born of necessity, keeping families warm through cold winter nights. As time passed and ways of life evolved, quilts became cherished heirlooms imbued with the human touch. The barn quilt tradition takes inspiration from historic quilting patterns of the region and creates a new form of art and identity often designed to tell a story or capture a memory or tradition. Once painted, these large wood panels are usually installed on barns or houses. When Renee Brooks painted a barn quilt square for her own home, she chose the Log Cabin Star pattern. Her neighbors quickly noticed and started placing orders for their own. By 2011, the orders were coming in so fast that Syndi and Renee opened Quilt Square Girls which has now produced over 3,000 barn quilts.
Located in downtown West Jefferson, Quilt Square Girls works to foster a “Barn Quilt Family” committed to craft and community. The storefront offers hand-painted barn quilt squares, signage, graphic design, and barn quilt supplies. Customers can have barn quilts custom designed for their own homes or find all they need to make their own, including classes taught by Syndi and Renee. Visitors will also find an artisan gallery showcasing a wide range of work from dozens of local artisans.