Speakers tell story of 'barn quilts'
SYCAMORE – Barns and quilts are not something that most people associate with each other. However, there are a few quilt blocks displayed on the sides of barns in DeKalb County. In Greene County, Wis., barn quilts have become so popular they are a tourist attraction. Kris Winkler and Lynn Lokken will talk about their role in this project during the Sycamore History Museum’s program “Barn Quilts” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 8.
Wisconsin’s Green County started with a dozen barn quilts in 2008, and as the project has grown, so has the interest from both leisure and bus group travelers. Using a map in the Green County Visitor Guide, travelers can plan their own loop tours on the scenic back roads. Along the way, they’ll see working farms, “retired” farms and a variety of animals, all while keeping an eye out for the colorful quilts — essentially an outdoor art exhibit with an agricultural backdrop.
Winkler and Lokken, the chairpersons of the committee, will discuss the evolution of the project – how it got started, selecting patterns and painting quilts, and installation – and how the quilt inventory has grown to more than 125.
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