I just returned from a fun day of touring Carver County in search of Barn Quilts. The event was organized by Minneapolis Community Education, but anyone can contact barnquiltsofccmn.com fo
r information on their tours.
Each barn quilt is painted on a wood panel, usually 8 x 8-feet in size, then hung on a barn that has been approved by the owner. Owners apply to have their barns used as display for the art, and they get to choose the style of the quilt design. This smaller quilt is 4 x 4-feet and is called Log Cabin, so it is appropriate for this log cabin located on the carver County Fairgrounds.
The fall colors were a nice backdrop for our trip.
This "Edible Garden" design is painted on panels that split in two when the quonset hut door is opened. Our tour guide, Janet Fahey commented that it was unfortunate a maintenance person had left the trailer in front of the quilt, but I thought it was worth a picture anyway. (I have also ordered a book with photos and history of all 25 quilts in the county).
Our large bus was able to pull into several driveways, but many of the quilts were viewed from the road, like this "Hole in the Barn" quilt on the Miller Farm.
The long red barn below (not on the tour) is a commercial operation, but I didn't make a note of it's specific use. It is not for animals.
Janet pointed out some of the fallen barns. Many collapse after years of disuse, but now there is a growing market for barn wood in crafts, furniture and interior design.
This is the tour guide's family barn with its "Triple Tulip" design honoring her Dutch heritage.
We were invited to take a look inside the barn, and she had souvenirs and books for sale. I bought this little screen cleaning cloth. It's too pretty to use: I think I will frame it!
We stopped at Lola's on Lake Waconia for lunch. We had pre-ordered from a selection of deli sandwiches, so our break was relaxing and not rushed. We sat inside by the fireplace, but there was a long porch overlooking the lake that I had my eye on for a visit next summer.
Then it was on to At The Farm with its "Single Wedding Ring", "Basket", "Diamond Frost" and "Farmer's Pride" barn quilts. The owner is an 85-year-old woman named Donna Frantz. She grows and sells organic produce, collects and sells antiques, and writes a newsletter! She has also written a book about being a woman farmer. Read about her here: atthefarmwaconia.com
The main level of the building is the produce store.
...with these views of the inside.
More antiques in this building...
...and in this building with its bright "Country Square" panel on the back.
Next: the Andrew Peterson Farm (below) has a "Swedish Apple Orchard" quilt on their barn.
Just down the road, Deardorff Orchard's barn quilt is "Apple Tree of Life". This was our last stop.
This is one of the art installations on the property. There wasn't enough time on this trip to see all of them.
It was an eventful day at the orchard, with tractor rides, apples and pumpkins for sale, and a band. I will definitely plan on a return trip.