Come and Visit Our Barn!

Who is behind Gray Barn Designs?

Gray Barn Designs is the brainchild of sisters Cindy (Ohio) and Sandy (NY)!  We are two (of four) sisters who grew up on a dairy farm in Western New York in the 1960’s and 70’s.  Our logo is a caricature of the gray barns on our family farm.

We grew up working hard at milking cows, delivering calves, slinging hay bales and picking rocks from the fields. We also rambled through the woods, picking lots of blackberries, raspberries, wild strawberries and making play houses with glacial rock formations, sticks, AND an abandoned chicken coop (which required the task of “cleaning” the coop, if you know what we mean!).

We spent long summer days outside snacking on bacon, lettuce, tomato, on white bread sandwiches, slathered with mayo and sprinkled with salt and pepper.  We also drank gallons of Kool-Aid from colorful aluminum cups and played on rope tree swings that hung from a giant maple tree.


Family legend has it that when our great-great grandfather bought the farm, this tree was big enough for our then 11-year-old great grandmother to have a swing in it. This old tree has hosted a lot of little girls and their dreams!

When the cold winter wind was blowing across the hilltop, we slept under quilts made by our Grandmother, Great Grandmother and Great-Great Grandmother.

Cindy received a toy sewing machine for Christmas when she was about 8 years old. The same year Sandy received a carpenter’s toolbox. So, you see, Cindy had a head start on her quilting life…but she is the older sister!  Sandy began quilting in 2014 after some encouragement from her childhood friend and quilt-pusher/mentor.


Cindy and Sandy learned to sew on this circa 1957 machine!

After college, we all moved away from the farm, but it is still in our hearts and forms the foundation of our identities.  We think that it makes us hard workers, good friends and excellent hired hands.

Sandy now lives near the farm where our parents still hold court, so the blog frequently includes scenes and stories from this magical place (stay tuned on Thursday for some video of our foxcam outside a den on the farm!).

Quilt pattern making is our passion. We love modern quilts and scrappy quilts especially. Sandy likes to challenge herself to create paper-pieced designs, check out her patterns on our “Free Patterns” page.

Sandy’s recent design is Drops of Rainbow_GBD .  It’s a rainbow scrappy , stash-busting,  joyful quilt that begs to go outside for a porch swing or a picnic!


Cindy designed one of Fave Quilt’s most downloaded patterns of 2017 – Garden Gate Charm Quilt. Another pre-cut focused quilt designed by Cindy, 36 Charm Street, is also extremely popular. Our dream is to write our own quilt pattern book as the next step in our creative journey.


It’s week #4 for the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop!

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Now that you’ve been introduced to Gray Barn Designs, please stop to visit the sites listed below to meet our fellow blog hoppers!  We have some very generous sponsors for this blog hop week – don’t miss a chance to register for a chance to win a prize.  You can register by stopping by Beth’s at Cooking Up Quilts 



Cherie B.





111 thoughts on “Come and Visit Our Barn!

  1. Janice Holton says:

    Very fun reading this blog post and “meeting” you! Would you believe I saw an aluminum pitcher and cups in an antique store and bought them just HAD to have them! The colors are so fun and bring back lots of good memories. I should use them in a quilt photo sometime! Or maybe make a quilt using those colors as inspiration. Hmm! You gave me an idea!

    • Gray Barn Designs says:

      So happy to hear we inspired you, Janice! We’d love to see the cups and pitcher in a quilt photo! Don’t forget to make Kool-aid …lime green is my favorite!

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