Barn Quilts of Howard County

Howard County is wrapped in a kaleidoscope of color through the Barn Quilts of Howard County Project.

The project goals were identified to emphasize the historic role of barns and quilting, while also benefiting the county economically.

A project that began in Adams County, Ohio in 2001 moved into Grundy County, IA in 2003 and was organized by Pat Gorman, Field Specialist with Iowa State University Extension. For the past several years Barn Quilts have continued to be displayed throughout 12 counties in Iowa with Howard County the newest addition.

Seed money to start the project came from Howard County Farm Bureau and the Iowa Farm Bureau. Support also came from Pine Needles Quilt Store. Marcia Nagel was excited to be included in a project promoting quilting patterns, agriculture and tourism. We also received a grant from the Howard County Community Foundation.

Sue Barnes, ISU Extension Howard County Office Assistant and Lynette Anderson, Howard County Youth Coordinator have worked together to identify barns and farm families throughout Howard County, investigate funding sources, and solicit youth and adult volunteers from the Howard

County 4-H Program. To date six 4-H Clubs of Howard County have partnered with the six families working on the construction of six barn quilts.

The Barn Quilts of Howard County project highlight the four "H's" of 4-H, Heads, Hands, Heart and Health. We started by putting our heads together planning a project to promote Howard County. Utilizing many hands to make light work, making a difference. Warming the hearts of tourists with a palette of color on the barns and promoting agriculture, the health of Howard County. "This is a Citizenship Project that fosters youth/adult partnerships, challenges communication skills and builds leaders for tomorrow." said Lynette Anderson, County Youth Coordinator.

Barn quilt owners are: Bob & Jeannie Vobr, Cresco; Bart & Julie Wilson, Cresco; Randy & Darrelleen Lewis, Lime Springs; Randy & Vicki Mracek, Protivin; Lon Scheidel, Schley; and Lorraine Peckham & Bev Meade of Cresco.

Partnering 4-H Clubs are Afton Aces, Flying Hoofs, Heritage Homesteaders, Howard Center Stars, Millennium Masters and Saratoga 4-H. 

Click here to see Howard County Fairgrounds Barn quilt

Click to see Wilson quilt at 20452 Hwy 9, Cresco.

Click here to see the Schoolhouse quilt on the Mighty Howard County Fairgrounds west edge of Cresco.

Click here to see Mracek quilt at 22067 100th Street, Lawler.

Click here to see Meade-Peckham quilt and Peckham Meade Total Barn at 11898 Willow Avenue, Cresco.

Click here to see scheidel quilt at 14695 Robin Avenue, Cresco.

Click here to see Lewis Barn quilt 13698 40th Street, Lime Springs.

Click here to see Vobr Barn Quilt at 24096 State Highway 9, Cresco

Click here to see Hope Souhrada Quilt at 6568 US Hwy 63, Lime Springs.

Click here to see Tim & Sue Richter Quilt 6301 Jade Avenue, Lime Springs.

Click here to See Sharon Perry Quilt 9967 Pleasant Avenue, Lime Springs.

Click here to see Paul and Deborah Schaefer Quilt at 19597 100th Street, Lawler. 

In addition to the six barns quilts, quilted window covers have been designed and will be painted for the Little Red School House at the Howard County Fairgrounds.

Mel Praska Farm - click here to see Praska Quilt One, Quilt 2, Quilt 3

Ron and Joyce Swestka at 19415 Valley Avenue, Cresco and then Barn 2 in December of 2011.

Paul and Mickie Sir at 12157 345th Avenue, Cresco

Gary and Vicki Sovereign at 21408 125th Street, Cresco

Gary and Vicki Sovereign at 21408 125th Street, Cresco

Lowell Sovereign Quilt at 17371 130th Street, Cresco;  Irvin Myron quilt at 15152 150th Street, Elma;  Carol Stevenson Quilt 6796 Willow Avenue, Cresco; Deb Schroeder quilt.

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