Barn Quilts of Grundy County, Iowa


Turning the big 6-0!
July 16, 2009, 8:26 PM
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Ok, so its not 60 as in age, but just as important as a birthday!  The Barn Quilts of Grundy County has now jumped to having 60 quilt blocks dotting rural Grundy County’s landscape! 

On Wednesday, July 15, Alliant Energy made the journey to help me, once again, to mount 4 blocks.  A HUGE thank you goes out to Alliant Energy for helping do this task…without them, I’d be lost!  Im sure they probably had better and more important things to be doing, so a thank you goes out to my Alliant guys for generously taking time to spend the day with me and our barn owners! 

Our first two blocks belong to John & Vera Krull.  They are located at:  21563 280th St., Grundy Center.  I am so happy they called and wanted to become a part of the project.  They have such a perfect place and buildings for the quilt blocks. 

Alliant Energy mounting "Bed of Stars" at the Krull location

Alliant Energy mounting "Bed of Stars" at the Krull location

"Bed of Stars"

"Bed of Stars"

Krull's second block - "Rail Fence"

Krull's second block - "Rail Fence"

Our next location was at the Grundy County Heritage Welcome Center (the Mill).  Although they already had a smaller block, 4’x4′, it is not a regular Barn Quilt.  Their block is part of the Grundy County Development Alliance’s “Community Quilt” project that was started 2 years ago.  Since the Mill’s block almost looked like a postage stamp on the side of their building, they asked for a larger, more visible block.  Ask – and you shall receive!

Alliant Energy mounting "Windblown" at the Mill - located on the intersection of Hwy. 20 and 14, north of Grundy Center

Alliant Energy mounting "Windblown" at the Mill - located on the intersection of Hwy. 20 and 14, north of Grundy Center

"Windblown"

"Windblown"

The fourth and final block is located at Bernie & Elaine Schnell’s farmstead, north of Stout, at 25609 110th St., Parkersburg.  This couple called in early winter and wanted to have a barn quilt.  They picked their own design (Grandmother’s Choice), colors, and their daughter, Carmen, actually came home in mid-June and painted the block.  Its neat to have such family involvement and pride associated with the Barn Quilt project.  So glad they’re a part of the Barn Quilt family!

Moving the block closer to the corn crib

Moving the block closer to the corn crib

"Grandmother's Choice"

"Grandmother's Choice"

Thanks to all who helped with painting, building, transporting, mounting and for being involved in the Barn Quilt Project!  So glad we can say we have 60!

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