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This project has brought the entire community together through quilting, art, and family legacy. We challenged our barn owners to consider their barn in a new and unconventional way. Not only as an agricultural icon, but as the canvas for the larger than life quilt blocks meant to convey the feeling of family, home, and friendship so widely valued within our communities.
Barn owners throughout Carver County have been encouraged to become a part of this exciting project. Thanks to a generous grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and the the support of the Chaska Area Quilt Club, one barn in each township of Carver County had been selected to receive a barn quilt at no cost. The Barn Quilt committee’s goal was to have our first 10 barn quilts painted and mounted by the 100th Anniversary of the Carver County Fair. At the Fair we highlighted each barn quilt in a display and officially presented the project to the communities of Carver County.
Barn quilt designs have been created under the direction of a professional local artist with the help of volunteers from throughout Carver County. A vibrant quilt block, which barn owners helped select, were drafted and painted on a pre-built 8’x8’ wooden square, then mounted onto their barns for viewers to enjoy for years to come. In addition, each barn has been recognized in a historical documentation of this county wide arts initiative.