About Us

Cindy and Sandy are sisters who grew up on a dairy farm in Western New York in the 1960’s and 70’s. The farm is located in a tiny town focused on agriculture as its main economy. There are four of us girls — we grew up working hard at making hay and milking cows and wrangling calves and picking rocks. We also grew up rambling through the forests, making play houses out of glacial rock foundations and abandoned chicken coops. When we grew a bit older, we explored the world around us on  bicycles, snowmobiles and motorbikes.

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.




Writer. Quilter. Serial entrepreneur. I practice all of these things in the shadow of the farm where I grew up. I’ve been around the world, but came back home in 2004 to be closer to the land. The farm has been in our family for over 150 years. It is the source of our inspiration. Welcome to Gray Barn Designs.




Cindy (human), Sadie Sue (Mini Schnauzer) and Norma, (Bearded Collie)



Life titles include wife, mom (human and canine), daughter, sister, friend and quilter!  I have always loved fabric. When I was 5 years old, Santa left a toy sewing machine and a sewing kit under the Christmas tree just for me. And so it began!




To pay homage to our farming roots, our logo is a caricature of the gray barns on our family farm.


We have so many quilt pattern ideas in our heads.  We started this blog to share them with you and we hope you enjoy our quilt patterns!