Barn Quilts

Spend extra time enjoying Hamilton County as you tour the barn quilts! For more information about each barn quilt just click on the names below or on the interactive Google map below. Be sure to read the history of barn quilts located below the map.

Gary & Nicole Chamness
Randy & Sandra Greufe
Jim Stafford
Keith Reeves
Marlin & Kathy Pruismann
Barbara Halsne
Darrell & Gerry Ackerman 
Viora Welsh 
Raymond & Lois Danielson
Larry & Claudette Taylor
Craig & Shyrlee Hill
Doug & Konni VanLangen
Bob & Leah Maass
Kenneth Swenson
Duane & Carol Soma
Ron & Kim Schumaker
Alvin & Elaine VanLangen
Bob & Ellen Hagen
Harriet Erickson
Eldon & Carolyn Arends
Leota Berg
Bill & Sherri Sargent
Connie Freesemann
David & Brenda Mittlestadt
Gary & Judi Meyer
Tim & Ronda Mechaelsen
MaryLou Mechaelsen
Nick & Lori Larson
Randy & Kristi Hetland
Kelly Sisson
Howard Wolfe
Lynn & Billie Shelton
Jerry & Alveda Kent
Varlen & Fern Carlson
Tilford Teig
Darwin & Lorraine Madden
Duane & Norma Engelby
Rick Ubben
Dirk & Lori Westrum
Bill Chally
Steve & Jan Carlson
Stratford cont.
Tim & Deb Bergman

Wayne & Carol Larson
Stacy & Becky Young
Brad Riesgraf
Allan & Brenda Kraus
Gilbert & Peggy Schwering 
David & Connie Kramme
Webster City
Ron & Carol Zills
Arlo VanDiest
Raymond Malaise
Marlin Abbott
Monte Coleman
Jim & Patty Walker
Roger & Linda Tapper
Mark & Nancy Hild
Steve & Lynn Burroughs
Dave & Cheryll Entriken
Richard & Karen Mason
Charlene McKee 
Craig & Kristi Schrad
Troy Dorothy & Lisa Harper
Dennis & Luann Jackson
Gene & Mary Craven
Clifford & Patricia Ludwig
Harlan & Debbie Lundquist
William & Lois Olson
Leland & Wendy Conley
Marv & Dorothy Midland
Don McCollough
Robert & Shirley Yeager
Emmett & Marilyn Timm
Tim & Susan Ziegenbein
Brad & Shelly Anderson
Alan & Anne Ose
Wayne & Connie Wahlert
Merle Hamilton
Roger & Deb Nerland
Bob & Elaine Keane
Mike & Pat Ratske
Wes & Cindi Sweedler
Donald W & Donna Williams
Steve & Marlene Mark
Donald & Marsha Rexroat
Gene & Connie George
Rex & Margaret Utech
Mark & Margaret Hoelscher
Interested in making your own Barn Quilt? Click here for instructions!
The idea of barn quilts began in Adams County, Ohio in 2001. It was conceived as a way to capture traffic off a busy four-lane highway as it snakes through the economically depressed area of southern Ohio. Organizers used old and weathered tobacco barns as the canvas for the painted quilts. BarnQuilts-4CThe Ohio Arts Council encouraged local artists to paint traditional quilt squares on the barns, similar to the way barns were once painted with logos, such as the familiar Mail Pouch Tobacco advertisements. However, this project paid tribute to the large number of crafters in their area.

The clothesline Quilts of Appalachia covers a multi-state region. Today, barn quilts can be found in Iowa, Ohio,Tennessee, North Carolina and West Virginia. Within Iowa the following counties have put together barn quilt projects: Grundy, Greene, Sac and Pocahontas. GrundyCounty was the first Iowa county to pursue such a project. Grundy’s project began in 2003 as a way to attract visitors off of Highway 20.

The Barn Quilts of Hamilton County Project began in 2005 after SEED Director Catherine Bergman and quilt shop owner Sara Harless spent several hours together attending a trade show. Seeing the impact the project has had on other areas of Iowa and the county, the two women knew that Hamilton County could benefit from the idea. From there, the phone calls began to find property owners willing to paint quilts on their barns, and the rest is history (in-the-making).

In Hamilton County 
the project is being coordinated by Hamilton County SEED, Hamilton County ISU Extension, and Prairie Rose Quilts & Gifts.Fun Facts
Typical size (in feet) of a barn quilt: 8×8

Iowa counties with barn quilt programs: 13
Barn quilts in Sac County (the most of any county): 55
Barn quilts in the state: 290+

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