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Thread: A Corny Barn Quilt Adventure...

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    What would you do with a couple of hours in Iowa? Look for Barn Quilts, of course!

    What's a "barn quilt"?? A large quilt block painted on the side of a barn, shed, or corn crib. I won 2nd place in a barn quilt design contest this summer, but I have never actually seen a Barn Quilt in person! According to one source, there are over 580 Barn Quilts in Iowa. Barn Quilt Mecca...

    And where are these barn quilts? Apparently further away than the measly couple of hours we had before our flight to go looking for them. But my husband is a good sport, so we rented a car, (he is very well trained) and headed out on our quest to see a Barn Quilt.
    
    Finally found one near Pella, Iowa; a beautiful little Dutch Town surrounded by corn fields!

    (Bought some fresh-picked corn from a roadside stand, smuggled it home in my suitcase, then fixed it for supper! Oh, my tastebuds! That was some of the best, sweetest, freshest, corn ever to cross my lips!!)

    So... one down, 579 more barn quilts to see in Iowa alone!

    Then I learned that Fons & Porters' headquarters is about an hour away from Des Moines...I have GOT to find my way back to beautiful Ioway!

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    This one needed a Barn Quilt...
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    And finally!! A real, live, actual BARN QUILT!! A beautiful Lone Star
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    fun....thats a beautiful barn block...love the pic of you adding a block to the barn hehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid
    There are several counties in Iowa that have alot of barn quilts.
    Thanks, dakota! I looked at most of these online before the trip, but just needed more time, (or $ to move our flight back...) Great links!

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    Hope you find your way back to us soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by doowopddbop
    This one needed a Barn Quilt...
    LOL! :lol:

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    It's really a beautiful state! I grew up there and I still think the midwest is lovely...all 4 seasons of the year.
    Next time you go, if you are near Kalona, Iowa...go to the two quilt shops there. They are both wonderful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by doowopddbop
    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid
    There are several counties in Iowa that have alot of barn quilts.
    Thanks, dakota! I looked at most of these online before the trip, but just needed more time, (or $ to move our flight back...) Great links!
    You'll come back, and google map out your route!!!:)

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    :lol: :lol: :lol:

    love your barn quilt!!!!

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    That is neat. Will the sun or weather deteroiate the color of the fabric?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sewfine
    That is neat. Will the sun or weather deteroiate the color of the fabric?
    Sewfine, barn quilts are painted wood.

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    But please don't call it Ioway. It is Iowa!! Thank you.

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    yep, stand there and hold that quilt up!! that barn really did need one!!! :thumbup:

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    What a great post! Made me laugh, the real live barn quilt! Iowa sure is beautiful this time of year.

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    Love barn quilts

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    I live on the Illinois/Missouri state line. I am so use to corn fields and am happy when its harvest time! The corn grows "as high as an elephants eye" (as the song goes) and at the country intersections at stop signs its hard to see as you drive. The corn fields block our vision! lol

    Guess you who are not from the midwest aren't use to seeing cornfields!

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    When we go through Iowa to Minnesota, we go on Hwy 18 and see lots of Barn quilts, it is such fun

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    That is a good way to do it. H!

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    That farm house looks so much like the one I lived in as a kid on our grape farm in NY state. I keep staring at it...what memories!

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    Fons and Porter have a store in Winterset, Iowa in the town square. So quaint- you have to stop and see the Rexall Drugstore and the Courthouse building- all in the town square. You can tour the birthplace of John Wayne- just a couple of blocks away. The farmhouse where "The Bridges of Madison County" was shot used to be open for tours. Don't forget to check out all the covered bridges in the area too. I love stopping in the Winterset area when we are traveling thru Iowa. :)

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    Iowa is a lovely state. I was there a few years ago for a couple of days. Didn't see any barn quilts but sure did see a lot of barns...and corn. Hope you get back there and see some more barn quilts.

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    Thanks for the giggles. Love you holding up the quilt for that beautiful barn.

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    Love the pics! And thank you, dakotamade, for the links!

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    There are lots of corn fields in Alabama, too!

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    I so envy that you got to do a 2 hour trip looking for barns and barn quilts. First I love old barns, and now I am loving the barn quilts. I have only been to Iowa once and would love to go back. Went there for our son's wedding so didn't have time to sight-see. Had to hurry back home. But what I seen I loved.

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