Barn quilt project underway at Cape Hatteras Secondary School

Published 5:36 pm Wednesday, March 30, 2022

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Barn quilts are leaving the farm and heading to the beach.

Barn quilts can be traced back to colonial America when rural colonists would put bright, multi-colored squares on barns to help identify property and locations. The modern phenomenon known as The American Barn Quilt Trail started in Adams County, Ohio in 2001.

The Cape Hatteras Secondary School carpentry and art programs are launching a joint project to build, design and paint barn quilts for residents and visitors to Hatteras Island.

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Barn quilts can now be found anywhere from front porches to sheds to homes and businesses. Traditional barn quilts are usually 8’x8’ but the project is offering smaller versions to increase the locations where they can be displayed.

The custom quilts are made from ½” plywood on a lumber frame to assist in hanging the quilts for display. All paints are exterior grade paints to help last outdoors or wherever the barn quilt is displayed. Three sizes are offered: 2’x2’ for $100, 3’x3’ for $150 and 4’x4’ for $200.

Custom sizes and designs are available on a case-by-case basis for an additional fee.

Proceeds are divided equally between the school’s carpentry and art programs.

Steps for placing an order are: choose a size; choose a design; choose a background color; choose up to five other colors; email the selections to the project.

The design team at Cape Hatteras Secondary will create a “virtual” barn quilt with the selections indicated and email the virtual creation back to the purchaser for approval prior to actual production.

Once the barn quilt is completed, it can be picked up at Cape Hatteras Secondary School in Buxton or delivery within Dare County at no charge can be arranged.

Barn quilts can be shipped for an additional charge. Payment is due upon receipt in the form of cash, check or money order payable to Cape Hatteras Secondary School.

For more information or to place an order, email Keith Durham or Justin Paxton at or