Barn Quilts of Grundy County, Iowa

About Us

The Barn Quilt concept was brought to Grundy County, Iowa in the fall of 2003 as a way to bring visitors off of newly completed Highway 20 and back into the heart of Grundy County to experience all that the county has to offer.  Designed to highlight the agricultural heritage of Grundy County, as well as the important folk art of quilting, the Barn Quilt Loop features large patchwork quilt blocks that have been painted onto the sides of barns and other farm buildings in the area.  These designs range in size from 8’x8′ to 12’x12′ and are painted either directly onto the sides of the buildings, or onto a plywood frame and mounted to the side of the structure. 
As you travel along the Barn Quilt Loop, you will be delighted by more than 65 colorful quilt patterns, many of which are representative of Grundy County’s rural heritage.  You may even encounter some of our barn owners who are eager to say hello to visitors and talk about their quilt blocks. 
This project is a wonderful way to see the skills and talents of Grundy County residents work together to create a tribute to life in the Midwest, and it is an endeavor that has begun spreading to other Iowa counties and areas throughout the United States.  Over the past few years, the Barn Quilts of Grundy County has grown into a unique attraction that has drawn visitors from all over the country to see the quilt blocks, shop in the county’s many specialty shops, enjoy a meal at one of several locally-owned restaurants, and just generally have a good time here in Grundy County, home of Iowa’s Original Barn Quilt Project!


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