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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Barn Quilt Quest 2013, part 1

Hello blog friends!

Last weekend (Memorial Day), Denis, Mom and I spent two days exploring Shawano County in Wisconsin.  We were on the hunt for Barn Quilts.  For those of you who don't know what a Barn Quilt is...it is an 8' x 8' quilt square painted either on the barn itself, or on separate wood pieces, and displayed on a barn.  The quilt block can be a traditional block, or something unique to the person painting and/or displaying it. 

The Shawano County Barn Quilt Committee has taken the lead in the Barn Quilt movement here in Wisconsin.  So far, they have 204 barn quilts on display in the county, and have heavily promoted their quilt trail.  And, they are pretty proud of it, as seen in the picture below.  For more information on the Shawano County quilt trail and to go to their website, click here.
We each had a separate important job on our Barn Quilt quest...I was the navigator, armed my maps (I am the GPS in our family...Global Positioning Susan).  Mom was the recorder, and listed the time and date we saw each one, so we could later match up our pictures with the correct name and location.  Denis was the driver.  We all worked well together, and had a great time and saw a lot of great rural countryside.

Here are a few of the Barn Quilts we saw on Saturday:
You'll all recognize this one...a traditional block called Lemoyne Star.

 This one is named Christmas Star.
 Snowy Morning.
Several barns had more than one quilt.  This one features Evergreen on the end and Castor and Pollux on the side.

Here is a striking block called Autumn Cross.
I'll have more from our Quilt Barn Quest 2013 next post.

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