Antique Hexagons

This past week my friend and I went on a road trip for the World’s Longest Yard Sale (127 Yard sale). It spans from Gadsden, AL to Addison, MI. We have done this trip once before, 3 years ago, and had such a fantastic time, we had to do it again! I brought my hexie kit with me to work on, but really didn’t have much time.

Along the way we found many, many quilts. I didn’t take a picture of all of them though. But, I did find a bin full of antique quilt patches, including hexagons! One pile was 1/2″ hexies, another looked to be 3/4″ and another 1.5″ (maybe? I was just eyeballing). I counted 50 sets of the 1/2″, and 35 of the 3/4″. I wonder what the original quilter was planning on doing with these. Why did they stop? The fabrics looked to be from the 1940’s or 1950’s.

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We also saw plenty of “Barn Quilts”. Barn quilts were started in Ohio, but really took off in Kentucky. Some college students started an exhibition to draw people off the interstates and into the rural towns by painting old barns black (instead of the traditional red) and adding a barn quilt. People joined the movement and now you are more likely to see a black barn in Kentucky rather then the red.


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At one of our yard sale stops they had barn quilts for sale, painted with a thick lacquer onto a piece of heavy plywood. Several size options where also available.

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So not exactly hexagon related, but still fun and interesting!

*Barn photo’s were taken by my friend.

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One Response to Antique Hexagons

  1. dezertsuz says:

    There were hexagons mentioned and photographed. It counts. =) Thanks for sharing this. We have quite a few barn quilts in the farm areas around Knoxville, too. I saw one on general store in Dandridge today! That sounds like such a fun trip to make.

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