Barn Quilts
Posted:  February 7, 2013
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Wisconsin’s Green County started with a dozen barn quilts in 2008, and as
the project has grown so has the interest from both leisure and bus group
travelers. Using a map in the Green County Visitor Guide, travelers can
plan their own loop tours on the scenic back roads. Along the way, they’ll
see working farms, “retired” farms, and a variety of animals, all while
keeping an eye out for the colorful quilts – essentially an outdoor art
exhibit with an agricultural backdrop.

Meet Kris Winkler and Lynn Lokken, the chairpersons of the committee, who
will present a program on the evolution of the project – how it got
started, selecting patterns and painting quilts, and installation – and how
the quilt inventory has grown to more than 125 locations. Green County
Tourism Director Noreen Rueckert will explain her role in promoting and
marketing the barn quilts as an important asset of the county’s tourism
program – and how barn quilts have opened up opportunities for group tours
and media coverage. Along the way, Lynn and Kris, avid quilters and
enthusiastic volunteers for various causes, will share stories about the
project and their involvement and leadership in it.

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