McHenry County Historical Society releases new barn quilt brochure

UNION – A newly revised brochure titled “Barn Quilts of McHenry County” is available through the McHenry County Historical Society.

Since the first listing of barns featuring painted applications of quilt patterns was produced last summer, interest in participating in the program has increased, according to a news release from the historical society.

The new brochure features 43 local barn quilts with names such as “Crows Feet,” “Joseph’s Coat” and “Bachelor’s Puzzle.”

Each listed barn quilt includes an address and color icon identifying both the pattern and color.

The McHenry County Historical Society has encouraged the use of barns near roadways for displaying painted replicas of quilt patterns. Such quilted barn programs have become quite popular especially in the Midwest since 2000.

Because McHenry County specialized in dairy production, there is a closer concentration of these solidly built structures than might be found in areas with large-scale grain production.

Touring the county looking for barn quilts is a perfect way to uncover the beauty of the area, historical society museum administrator Nancy Fike said.

To obtain a quilted barn brochure, call the McHenry County Historical Society at 815-923-2267 and one will be sent. Or download a copy from the Society website www.mchsonline.org.

Individuals interested in participating in the quilted barn program may contact the society.

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