About Barn Quilts

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Barn quilts are an artistic way to welcome visitors to Carver County. This community based arts adventure provides an opportunity for volunteers of all ages throughout Carver County to experience quilting in an entirely new & creative way. We currently showcase 24 larger than life replicas of quilt blocks on barns throughout Carver County.

A self-guided driving tour map has been created directing visitors along our rural roads to view the beautiful countryside Carver County has to offer. As a key to the artwork the map encourages viewers to visit our towns and enjoy our hospitality while they admire our agricultural icons in their new role as public art. A virtual tour of our local barn quilts is also available.

History of Barn Quilts

The American Barn Quilt movement began in Adams County, Ohio, when Donna Sue Groves painted a quilt block on her tobacco barn to honor her mother, a master quilter. Since then similar projects have appeared in Wisconsin, Iowa and Tennessee.

Made for barns, not beds, “barn quilts” are quilt patterns painted on wooden panels that are hung on the exterior walls of barns or other agricultural buildings. Approximately 1500 of these remarkable paintings are now displayed in two dozen states nationwide-and the number is quickly growing across rural America. The Barn Quilts are viewed as an opportunity to display quilt art as well as brighten rural areas while showcasing and preserving our local barns and farms.

 

17 Responses to About Barn Quilts

  1. Patty Zelman says:

    What are the dates and location of the work project?

    What is involved in the research aspect of the project?

    I would be willing to work for more than 2 hours at a time.

  2. Barn Quilts says:

    Volunteer opportunity meetings will be posted on the website. Research for the project will consist of gathering information from each family about their connection to quilting along with a historical reference of the barns and the role they play in the agricultural community. We are also interested to find out why each family chose to be a part of the barn quilt project. Future plans for the project include a quilt documentation and exhibit in partnership with the Carver County Historical Society featuring quilters in Carver County.

  3. Linnea says:

    I’ll be happy to paint in July. Let me know when you need help.

  4. unsie zuege says:

    When will the self-guided tour maps be available? Online download? Actual maps in retail/art locations around Carver County?

  5. Lynn says:

    Where is the self guided driving tour information? Chaska Herald from three weeks ago said it was at this web site.

  6. lori says:

    when will the maps of the locations be available so we can go view the quilts?

  7. Barn Quilts says:

    Guide maps can be found online & printed. You can also pick them up at the Carver County Historical Society, local libraries, businesses & Chamber of commerce locations. Be sure to stop by and visit us at Artstock & the Carver County fair. We can be found in the commercial building at the Arts Consortium of Carver County booth or the historical socitey of Carver County log cabin on machinery hill. We look forward to meeting everyone!

  8. Theresa says:

    You mention in the post above that guide maps can be found online and printed. You can tell me where they are located? I’m not finding them. Thank you!!

  9. Joanne Joachim says:

    so where do I find online the maps?

  10. Barn Quilts says:

    Will be posted today, check back!

  11. BONNIEJEAN PEARSON says:

    HI NAOMI,
    I DID THE TREASURE TREK LAST WEEK AND HAD SO MANY QUESTIONS RE: THE BARN QUILTS.
    MANY WANTED TO KNOW IF I WOULD HAVE THE GRANARY OPENED FOR THE TOURS, AND YES I CERTAINLY CAN. THERE WAS SO MANY POSTITIVE COMMENTS ON THE QUILTS AND SO MANY QUESTIONS. ONE OF THE MOST ASKED QUESTIONS WAS, WHERE AND WHEN THE BARN QUILT IDEA GOT STARTED. THANKS BONNIEJEAN

  12. Wonderful to see your recent PR on the quilt trail of Carver County, MN. I send hearty congratulations to Naomi Russell for jumpstarting the idea along with artist Suzanne Thiesfeld, Russell & the Arts Consortium of Carver County, the numerous volunteers and to the unsung heroes – the Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative!! Fabulous video – I’ll post it on our Facebook page. ~donna sue

  13. Sue ready says:

    Where are there maps I can find of self guided tours of barn quilts in Carver and in Truman I can access?

  14. Denise says:

    Is one able just to go out for a drive to see these barn quilts? I work in an Assisted living. We usually go on a drive on Tuesdays or Wednesday. Would we be able to drive up to some sights and check them out? Or is that a no no,,Would anyone be around that we could pick up and have a tour guide? That would be great if that is a possibility ! Please get back to me and let me know what we can work out !

    Sincerely
    Denise

  15. Sherri Brewet says:

    They r awesome

  16. Barn Quilts says:

    Thank you, we think so too! Look for our newest installation appearing at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum this fall.

  17. Lisa Stroessner says:

    Love the quilts! My Mom, sisters and I drove around and looked at them last year. Excited to see the new ones and ones that we might have missed last year. They are beautiful and the people we met were very nice and helpful talking about their quilts.

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