Buchanan County Barn Quilts

Barn Quilts are nothing new to Iowa and residents around the state are accustomed to seeing them along many rural roads.  The original Barn Quilt Project began in Adams County Ohio in 2001 as a way to attract tourists; Buchanan County is no exception.  With over 60 of the 8 foot by 8 foot Barn Quilts dotting the county and many garages and outbuildings boasting smaller Barn Quilts, the project has indeed helped attract tourists to Northeast Iowa.
It all began locally in 2006 when, Judy Scott, with support of other Barn Quilt committee members, launched the initial project.  After a brief hiatus for refurbishing the project was relaunched in 2013 and is now under the leadership of Roxanne Fuller, Buchanan County ISU Extension and Outreach Executive Director.  The project continues to make strides with innovating barn quilt designs and vibrant colors thanks to the help of committee members; Judy Scott, Craig Johnson, Susie Alber and Joe Olsen. 
Modeled after a similar program in Grundy County, the local Barn Quilt Project remains the cornerstone of things to see for visitors in Buchanan County; and encourages property owners to pick a unique design (and colors) for their own personalized Barn Quilt.
Committee members continue to work hard to keep the Barn Quilt tradition alive!  We encourage you to ask questions about how you can obtain your own Barn Quilt.  Project forms are available through Buchanan County ISU Extension and Outreach (or by click on the links below).  For more information please call the extension office at (319) 334-7161 or email Roxanne Fuller at rrfuller@iastat.edu.
Barn Quilt Brochure
Barn Quilt Application

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