Barn quilts became popular in Sac County a few years ago when Kevin Peyton, then a junior in high school, launched the whole thing as a 4H project.
The goal of Peyton's project was to brighten up the decor of country barns and other rural structures by decorating them with colorful designs based on those found on patchwork quilts.
The barn quilts quickly struck an aesthetic chord with area folks and soon 59 Sac County barns and buildings were serving as easels for the rural artwork.
When the Sac County designs were brought to their attention, the members of the Grand Meadow Heritage Center decided to add one of these quilts to their own Old Barn.
However, the story doesn't quite end here...
Two of the local volunteers who worked on the Old Barn decoration, namely Helen Townsend and Janet Lindsay, made the decision to add the colorful quilts to barns on their own family farms in Grand Meadow Township.
For their designs, Helen and her husband Roy decided on "Amazing Star," while Janet and her better half Marvin zeroed in on the "Northern Star" pattern.
On November 18, in spite of the chilly damp weather, several volunteers and other sundry conscripted laborers converged on the Townsend and Lindsay farms and put the barn quilts into place.
The two new barn quilts can now be viewed by motoring past the Lindsay and Townsend homesteads located on 630th Street a short distance from the Heritage Center.
By all appearances, the Townsend and Lindsay barn quilts might just be the tip of the artistic iceberg.
Even now, several more Grand Meadow farm folks are seriously contemplating adding the colorful patchwork designs to their own buildings.
"I think it's the start of a very pleasant epidemic," Helen Townsend observed.