Experiences & Custom Designs


The Stories

Barn quilts tell stories of rural families, farms and communities. These traditional or new quilt designs “usually” are hung on barns but are now migrating to gardens, sheds and homes – inside and outside.


Barn quilt experiences are hosted in small groups in our historic 8-sided barn. We dive into the lore of barn quilts and your create your own 24″ 24″ masterpiece.  Designs change seasonally.

Custom Made

Barn quilts – either custom made for you (up to 8′ x 8′) or in-stock designs are available for purchase online.

The Story we Tell

Barn Quilt Experiences

Discovering our local story on our garden barn quilt trail

Barn Quilt Trail

We love sharing our local stories as our guests wander with us along our new garden barn quilt trail.  From Mastodons to Fisheries and Farmers surprises pop up along the pathway.

Barn Quilt Experiences allow guests to create their own barn quilt

Barn Quilt Experiences

Our guests enjoy creating their own 24″ x 24″ barn quilts.  It’s a great day out or a special weekend away as there are lots of interesting place to see and stay nearby. 


Hand made country-style scones or gluten free treats

Hand Made Treats

Barn Quilt Experiences include delicious hand made baking and gluten free treats, with surprising locally-inspired beverages. 

Coming Up

Barn Quilt Experiences

Barn quilt pattern has four cats with their tails twisted in the centre

Barn Quilt Experience - Crazy Cats

Sunday, Oct. 1

During this deluxe experience is a combination of cats and local farm-inspired food. You will be introduced to the wonderful world of barn quilts and create your own barn quilt. You start the day with a tour of our garden barn quilt trail, where you might even spot our friendly neighbour – “Not-My-Cat”. You will enjoy a hand made scone with local jams. and unique Ontario-crafted refreshments. During the day, you will paint a 24 inch x 24 inch wooden barn quilt that will be suitable for outdoor or indoor décor. The opportunities to personalize your design are many. You will need to bring a blow dryer and wear painting clothes. It’s a day filled with inspiration and good-old country revelations. You will receive a unique barn quilt trail Swag Bag that will entice you take many future barn quilt trail adventures.

Choose your Own Design Day

Wednesday, Oct. 18,

This is going to be a Barn Quilt Free-for-All. You will create your own design from plotting on graph paper to painting it on a 24 inch x 24 inch wooden barn quilt that will be suitable for outdoor or indoor décor. You can choose one of our designs or bring your own. The opportunities to personalize your design are many.


Barn Quilt Painting supplies set for creating a wooden painted barn quilt.
Two barn quilts that have  either a male and female cardinal or a blue jay and male cardinal

Barn Quilt Experience - Cardinal Pairs


Saturday, Oct. 21

During this deluxe experience offers an opportunity to choose your favourite Cardinal Couple. You could paint both the male & female Cardinals or combine the Cardinal and Blue Jay. The opportunities to personalize your design are many. You will be introduced to the wonderful world of barn quilts and tour of our garden barn quilt trail, you may even see a Cardinal or Blue Jay. 



Barn Quilt Store

If you would like us to create a custom design for your barn quilt,  choose a size online and we will contact you to arrange your special barn quilt. 

Susanne Spence Wilkins

Barn Quilt Artist

Susanne has been painting barn quilts since she and her partner, Manfred Wiehle, completed the reconstruction of an historic, 8-sided timber frame barn in 2013.  It began with a desire to decorate the barn with this emerging rural artwork phenomenon and led to working with a group of local barn owners to create the East Kent Barn Quilt Trail.

Now she enjoys sharing her love of these story-telling pieces and works with others to spread their beauty throughout Ontario.

You will enjoy her humour and her patience as you create your own barn quilt or commission her to design one especially for you.




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R.R. 1 Muirkirk, ON N0L 1X0
(519) 319-2218

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