Barn Quilts of Grundy County, Iowa


Barn Quilt Presentation in Southern Iowa
September 10, 2010, 6:58 PM
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Check out this link to see clips from a Barn Quilt Presentation done in Clarinda, IA in August!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM8bCLDDO30

By the way – the 2011 calendars will be out and for sale October 1, 2010!  Pre-order yours now!  Just email barnquilts@gcmuni.net with your order!

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Barn Quilt Project Highlighted on Eastern Iowa Nightly News
May 25, 2010, 6:20 PM
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For the second time in just a few months, the Barn Quilts of Grundy County project was highlighted on a local television station.  One of Eastern Iowa’s news stations, KWWL, inquired about doing a piece on our project for their “Your Eastern Iowa” segment.  KWWL meteorologist, Jeff Kennedy and camera man came through Grundy County last week and I took them around to quite a few quilt block locations.  They interviewed me as well as a barn owner that graciously decided to be on camera!  I think she liked being on camera and interviewed by a local “celeb” more than she thought!  Last evening the piece was aired on the 10 o’clock nightly news and here’s a link – http://www.kwwl.com – just go to videos on the site and you will find one for Grundy County Barn Quilts.  Its fairly short, but most importantly, showcases our unique project and the beautiful quilt blocks we have. 
I understand that you and many other travelers have seen other Barn Quilt projects in Iowa – yes there are over 35 counties in Iowa with the project now.  We do not say we have the most quilt blocks, because we definitely do not, but we do pride ourselves in saying this is what Grundy County tourism is about.  We ARE Iowa’s “Original” Barn Quilt Project and are proud to start such a phenomena in the state of Iowa!  Congratulations to ALL Barn Quilt projects in Iowa – keep up the good work!  And a big thanks to KWWL for helping us promote the project and make it visible to more people in Iowa!



Barn Quilt Project Shines on Iowa Nightly News
April 1, 2010, 1:41 PM
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http://www.kcci.com/video/23022711/ – take a look at the Barn Quilts of Grundy County segment on KCCI Channel 8 News!

Yesterday I had the pleasure of taking around two KCCI Channel 8 Iowa News reporters to view a few quilt blocks.  Steve Karlin, KCCI Anchor/Reporter, does a segment called “Karlin Covers Central Iowa” and came to cover the unique Barn Quilts of Grundy County Project.  We drove around the countryside, KCCI taking video shots and I explaining this and that about the project.  We even had a couple curious barn owners venture out to see what we were up to.  Little did they know that they’d be interviewed.  The short segment on the ten o’clock news gave a brief synopsis of the Barn Quilt Project and gave a taste of Grundy County’s rural, agricultural heritage. 
A big thank you to KCCI and Steve Karlin for taking the time to meet myself and the Barn Quilts of Grundy County Project.  We may not be the only project in Iowa, but we are proud to be the “original” barn quilt project in Iowa!



Barn Quilt Presentations
March 5, 2010, 5:35 PM
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This week I had the pleasure of meeting a group of ladies at the Binford House in Marshalltown, IA.  Their Club invited me to have lunch and then present the Barn Quilts of Grundy County project.  Barn Quilt presentations are generally 20-30 minutes in length…if I don’t get side-tracked, but presentations can last as long or as short as the audience so desires.  For this particular presentation, I took a Barn Quilt display piece that has a few photos and a large map with project descriptions.  I also had a few publicity pieces that the Barn Quilt project has been lucky enough to be included in in the last few years.  I also had brochures, large maps, and bigger photos to share.  The presentation consists of a basic background of the project, guidelines, current plans, description of tours and areas within the Barn Quilt tour, and more.  Questions are always welcome and can sometimes begin a new topic! 
I’d like to thank the gals at the Binford House for asking me to join them and I do hope they enjoyed the presentation. 

If your club or organization would like a presentation on “Iowa’s Original Barn Quilt Project”, please contact Kelly at 319-825-3606 or email barnquilts@gcmuni.net.  Presentations are FREE of charge, except mileage is sometimes nice depending on how far travel takes me, and if the group would like to donate a little something to the Barn Quilt Project!



Is it Spring yet?
February 22, 2010, 2:54 PM
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While I, and many others in the U.S. are patiently waiting for Spring’s arrival, I thought I would warm your thoughts with a few pictures of warm, sunny days filled with Barn Quilts.  So sit back, relax, think warm thoughts and enjoy viewing a few photos from the Barn Quilts of Grundy County!



2010 Calendars are only a few days away!
October 23, 2009, 7:02 PM
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The annual Barn Quilts of Grundy County calendar will be available in just a few short days.  This year’s calendar features 11 new quilt block locations and two project favorite photos as well as a full location map on the backside.  Calendars will be available for purchase on Wednesday, October 28 for $10.  Calendars can be found at the Barn Quilts of Grundy County office (705 F Avenue, Grundy Center), Grundy County Extension office (703 F Avenue, Grundy Center), Simple Pleasures (202 Broad St., Reinbeck), Country Closet (427 Main St., Reinbeck), Brick Bungalow (504 West 4th, Wellsburg), Conrad General Store (101 N. Main, Conrad), Something to Share (127 N. Main, Conrad), the Grundy County Heritage Welcome Center (Hwy. 14 & 20), Grundy County Heritage Museum (306 Broadway, Morrison), and the Cedar Falls Visitors & Tourism Bureau (6510 Hudson Rd., Cedar Falls). 

2010 Barn Quilts of Grundy County calendar

2010 Barn Quilts of Grundy County calendar

Orders can be sent to barnquilts@gcmuni.net or by calling 319-825-3606.  Calendars are $10 and a small amount of postage will be required if sending calendars directly from our office.  For more information, please do not hesitate to call or email!



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!