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Barn Quilt

12.30.14
"Log Cabin" quilt block or "Courthouse Steps"
“Log Cabin” quilt block or “Courthouse Steps” image from Flickr

Anthony and I have made lists upon lists since we’ve moved to the farm.  To Do lists, Questions To Ask lists (What is this pipe for? Can we put our garden here?  How do you repair cracks in plaster?) and the never-ending page turner also known as our Projects List.  I won’t bore you with all of the details, but one of the more exciting projects we intend to work on is to create a barn quilt for the side of one of our barns.

While driving around when we first closed on the house in October, I noticed a few different giant quilts on the sides of barns in the area.  Adorable, what were they?  I did some research and here’s what I found out (according to the University of Wisconsin Extension office).  From their website, about our county:

“The idea of barn quilts began in Adams County, Ohio in 2001. It was conceived as a way to draw traffic off a busy four-lane highway as it wound through the economically depressed area of southern Ohio. Local artists painted traditional quilt blocks on weathered tobacco barns, and the project began to attract travelers to the area, increasing business for local establishments. In 2003, Grundy County, Iowa started a similar barn quilt project to draw traffic back to rural areas bypassed when a major highway was rerouted. Their Barn Quilt Loop is designed to highlight the agricultural heritage of the county, as well as the folk art of quilting.

The project began in Walworth County in 2009 and has continued to grow.

The Barn Quilt Project  promotes the rural heritage of the county by highlighting the architecture and history of barns and by encouraging the preservation of these structures for future generations. In turn, the project encourages economic development by promoting ag-tourism and other local businesses.”

I began following a barn quilt Facebook page, because I’m all in. (see my Pinterest board here)  I think we might be able to make it ourselves, at around 8′ x 8′, though we really need to figure out the ladder situation prior to hanging it – see here.  I love the idea, however it might take a bit of time for Anthony and I to agree on one we both like.  Here are some of my favs, all images from Pinterest:

 

Grandmother’s Flower Garden

Grandmother's Garden

 

Tulips

tulips

Circle of Fish

Fish barn quilt

Farm Friendship

farm friendship

It definitely needs to mean something to us – 3 of our grandmothers had lovely flower gardens, my Mom’s favorite flowers are tulips and one of the reasons we moved here was for Anthony’s fishing.  I love the Farm Friendship quilt block, it’s my favorite.  But we’re still not there.   Anthony also said he would like it to have something to do with Law Enforcement, even if it just has a thin blue line framing it.  What do you think? Suggestions?  Thoughts on this?

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Christmas Eve

12.24.14

In our mad rush to finish baking, get ready for house guests and get on the road to Chicago, we haven’t  spent much time working on any of our house projects.  Which is kind of a nice break.  For the next few days we are just going to spend time with friends and family and enjoy the holiday.  I hope you get to do the same.

One extremely SAD item to note is that we are not going to have a white Christmas.  Anthony keeps telling me to quit wishing for snow because we will have plenty of snow soon enough, but really?  It looks so much prettier and since we don’t have to actually go anywhere, it’s perfect timing.  When I woke up this morning and peeked out the window before going downstairs, I didn’t have my glasses on and I saw white everywhere.  Could it be?  I was so excited, until I put my eyes on and realized it was only fog.  Sad, but still so cool looking.  Take a peek.

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Welcome to Elkhorn

12.20.14

Home

It’s been one month and two days since we arrived in Wisconsin.   Anthony and I are completely floored by the unending hospitality we’ve received since we’ve been here.  We’ve gotten gifts of food, a giant poinsettia, invites to parties, cheese and one couple that we met even had a get together at the bar and restaurant they own to welcome us to Elkhorn, along with their close friends.

Each time we interact with people in our town and the surrounding towns, we are reminded why we love Wisconsin and why we chose to live here.  It might be a bit slower than we are used to, but in a good way.  Every single person we have met has been friendly, offered to help us in some way, given us advice on where to eat, a great lake to fish for walleye or pointed us in the right direction.

On Thursday night I was invited to a holiday party for a group of women who have golfed together for over 20 years.  There were about twenty women there and I am not exaggerating a bit when I say that each and every woman came up to me, introduced herself, welcomed me to the area and asked me a ton of questions about why we moved here, where we were from, etc.  I’ve never felt so happy and humbled to be in such a great group of people.  It’s fantastic that there are actually so many people still around that are like that!  One of my sisters said it restored her faith in humanity.

We owe much of this to the people who owned the house that we bought.  I was told that Laura (the former owner) told all of their friends to make sure and welcome us and to take care of us.  That’s exactly what they’ve done, and we couldn’t be more grateful.