Beautiful Mini Barn Quilts

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Photo by Karen Jason

Held for review in the A Stroke of Color classroom, Doreen Newell’s “Morning Star,” left, and Janice Wingood’s “Four Crowns” complement each other.

One of the events celebrating the 350th Anniversary of Suffield included aspiring artists painting mini barn quilts at A Stroke of Color, a gallery/studio at the Masonic Lodge on Bridge Street.

Lynda Montefusco, a talented artist and an experienced fine arts teacher, has 65 students painting at her studio each week, but on July 17, 24 people signed up (including a wait list) to participate in a half-day class, instructed by Lynda.

Prior to attending the class, students chose one out of eight of the quilt designs offered. The designs were then transferred onto primed wood, ready to be painted on arrival. Paint was provided, and color choice was up to the painter.

Those participating in this event were Carolyn Blighton, Joyce Hamilton, Kelley Held, Evan Held, Isabella Hinkle, Samantha Hinkle, Jacqueline Holt, Karen Korby, Carol Markwell, Lynne Markwell, Johanne Murphy, Katie Murphy, Doreen Newell, Elizabeth Piecyk, Ellen Ravens-Seeger, Donna Rolland, Melissa Rolland, Nancy Ryan, Linda Sheridan, Lynaire Stanton and Janice Wingood.

Volunteers assisting Lynda that day were Amy Baildon, Sharon Duni Bruno, Karen Jason, Bridget Kaplan, Nancy Konopacki and Shirley O’Keefe.

Don’t be surprised if you see some additional barn quilts that are not in “The Suffield Anniversary Barn Quilt Trail” pamphlet (published May 2021), available at Town Hall or on line at

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