Outbuilding with Quilt Square

Outbuilding with Quilt Square – Carver County MN near Chaska

This particular photo I liked because the pattern on the quilt square is much like the pattern of the stone foundation.

The last two years or so I’ve been running into more and more barns with the quilt squares on them.  I feel like I’ve missed the memo.  I shoot a lot of rural photos and am usually somewhat “up” on rural goings on.   But the quilt squares completely escape me.  It’s as if every owner of rural property with traditional barns or outbuildings received a memo telling them to put a quilt square like pattern on their buildings.

Does anyone know what started this?  I think it’s kind of cool, but want the back story.