Thursday, January 7, 2010


If anyone has ever asked you what a "Barn Quilt" is... ask them if they have about 5 minutes to look at the following You Tube video from Kankakee County, Illinois. Supported by the University of Illinois Extension and the Kankakee County Convention and Visitors Bureau, this short piece of cinematography says a lot.

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In Illinois there is one other county that has Barn Quilts (or Quilted Barns), and that is McHenry. Also, the pictures at will remind you that there are warmer days to come. Meanwhile, McHenry County Historical Society’s Executive Director Nancy Fike will hold a brainstorming session at 10 a.m. Jan. 14 at the historical society’s museum, 6422 Main St., Union. This is about the creation of a would-be quilt trail in McHenry County. For more information, call 815-923-2267 or e-mail


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Jo said...

There are more barn quilts in other IL counties now. We are the Barn Quilt Heritage Trail in McLean Co. We just completed our 2nd year and more contracted already for next year. We are unique with "words on quilts" as we have poets create custom poems about each barn owner, barn, and the design. I live on a small farmstead near Towanda and have 13 on my property alone!
DeWitt County in the Clinton area just completed their 3rd year. Thanks.
Jo Morrison
Towanda, IL