Barn Quilts of Grundy County, Iowa


Out with the old…In with the new!
January 23, 2009, 8:16 PM
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In doing some VERY early Spring cleaning, I came across a couple boxes of old Barn Quilts of Grundy County calendars.  Calendars from 2006, 2007 and 2008, and I don’t really know what to do with them.  I need the extra storage, but I don’t want to throw these calendars away.  So, I am putting this invitation out here to anyone that may be interested. 

FREE CALENDARS!  yes, they are a little outdated, but still have beautiful pictures of Grundy County’s barn quilts.  Maybe you’d like to see some of our older barn quilts or would like to cut the photos from the calendar and frame them.  I actually have had people tell me they do that. 
So below are the calendar fronts for your viewing pleasure.  Just call or email with your order and I’d be more than happy to send them out to you anywhere!

With getting rid of the old, I was asking around the office “what do I do with the leftover calendars?”  Someone had asked me if there is a children’s hospital, school or organization that might find these useful in making cards or some sort of project.  I would like to know more about this option because I really would like to give the calendars to someone or something that will use them or display them…because I don’t want to throw them away!  So, if anyone has an ideas I would love to hear them. 
Again, here are the calendar fronts from our previous calendars.  Enjoy and please let me know if you would like any! 

2006 BQ Calendar

2006 Calendar

2007 Calendar

2007 Calendar

2008 Calendar

2008 Calendar

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Off to a Good Start!
January 23, 2009, 3:01 PM
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2009 is here and the Barn Quilts of Grundy County is heading in a positive direction.  With new barn quilts going up this Spring/Summer, bus tours, the Iowa State Fair in August, and other projects going on, it is difficult to NOT think positive. 
Currently I am working on a 2009 Barn Quilts of Grundy County Travel Guide.  This guide will be a free item for tourists to pick up as they travel the countryside.  Inside it will include barn quilt location map, photos, general tour information, recreation opportunities, background info on the project and business advertisements from many of our loyal project supporters around Grundy County.  This is an exciting tourism tool I will begin working on and hope potential tourists and travel guides that journey through our county find it informational and useful. 
Lately I’ve been thinking about the many counties in Iowa that now have the Barn Quilt project.  As far as I know, we have I think 32-33 counties in Iowa that are “authentic” barn quilt projects.  Not all are as established as Grundy County, but they are on their way to developing the project and making it unique to their interests and specific area.  I think it would be nice to hear from all of the project counties and see how progress is being made.  So, if you are working on a Barn Quilt project in Iowa or know of a project in your county, please leave me a comment or email me with your happenings.  I like to hear of the different ways people use the project and develop it, because it really wouldn’t be that neat of a project if everyone did everything the same way we did.  So, please leave me a comment, I’d love to hear from you and hear you’re 2009 is off to a great start!