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New quilts now decorate barns in Grand Meadow Township

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Rising star - Barn quilts are becoming a familiar sight around the environs of Grand Meadow Township. Two more of the unique barn decorations have been added to area rural structures including this one, owned by Roy and Helen Townsend. The volunteers precariously putting the quilt into place are Joel Volkert, Jerry Townsend, and Perry Slota. Photo by Ron Flewelling.
Several weeks ago, the Grand Meadow Heritage Center kicked up their bragging rights a notch with the addition of a barn quilt, a unique rustic decoration that now adorns the southern side of the Old Barn.

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.

Star gazers - Two new barn quilts have been added to structures on two Grand Meadow Township farms. In this photo, Helen Townsend (left) and Janet Lindsay (right) are seen displaying the "Northern Star" quilt that will soon grace Marvin and Janet Lindsay's old horse barn. Photo by Ron Flewelling.
Opting for the "Eastern Star" pattern, volunteers pitched in and soon the Heritage Center barn quilt was a reality.

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.

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