Fayette County, Iowa, is covered with barn quilts! Starting summer of 2006, visitors to Fayette County, Iowa began seeing decorative quilt blocks on historic barns and corncribs all around the county. The number of barn quilts has grown to over 30, so visitors can easily spot a barn quilt every 5 to 10 miles throughout Fayette County. Newspaper flyers describing the Barn Quilts of Fayette County can be found in Welcome Centers throughout the state, and Barn Quilt Maps are available in convenience stores, museums, city offices and a variety of other locations in Fayette County. DOWNLOAD SCANNED MAP HERE!
In 2006, a tour-loop was developed with quilt blocks placed on historic and "not-so-historic" barns in eastern Fayette County. In the spring of 2007, the Fayette County Barn Quilt volunteers began determining a route featuring sites in the western part of the county. The route will travel on hard-surfaced roads only, as does the eastern loop. Watch for details, or contact one of the numbers listed below for more information about the western loop.
The Barn Quilts of Fayette County project would not have been possible without a $4,996 grant from the Fayette County Community Foundation. In addition to other financial contributions, there were donations of paint, and numerous donations of volunteer hours building, painting, delivering and putting the quilt blocks into place - and not always on the nicest days of Northeast Iowa's typical beautiful weather!
Barn Quilts project committee members include: Robin Bostrom, Laura Janssen, Meg Moellering, Teresa Steffens, Lynn Lauer, Ollie Pleggenkuhle, Dee Brandt, Janell Bradley, Michele Kelly, and Bev Strong.
For more information, call either 800-477-5073 or 800-798-4447. You can also visit the Fayette County Tourism Council at their website: www.visitiowa.org/fayette
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