About The Quilts

Inspired by the Sac County Iowa Barn Quilts, the Kewaunee County Area Barn Quilt project began in January 2008. Over 125 area 4-H and FFA students worked with the community designing and painting 18 “quilts� for historically-significant barns. The project consisted of several stages. A kick-off meeting was held in November 2008, when barn history, quilt and color theory, and the painting technique was introduced. Next, the 4-H and FFA students met with their farm families learning about their barns and choosing a pattern. Painting followed and all quilts were finished by the end of the year. The first quilts were hung on a blustery Saturday in February 2009. The weather called for 1 to 2 inches of snow…but by the time 6 quilts had been hung, there was 14 inches of snow on the ground! The following Tuesday three more quilts were hung…in the freezing rain! The last quilts were hung in June.