Hamburg’s representation for the Fremont County Barn Quilt Trail has been completed and is awaiting placement.
Peggy Wilson, who represented Hamburg Hometown Pride in the organization of a county wide barn quilt trail, said the two-sided barn quilt was completed last Friday and will be placed near the Fallen Heroes Memorial Park at the south entrance to the town.
Hamburg’s barn quilt will be unique in terms of size and format. Wilson said not all the barn quilts will be as big as Hamburg’s, 4-feet by 4-feet, or feature art on two sides.
As far as the art itself, Wilson said one side of the barn quilt is named Corn and Beans and is indicative of a traditional quilting pattern.
The opposite side is a complex patriotic pattern that is the combination of quilt designs and, therefor, doesn’t have a name. Wilson said a name is being sought for the pattern and will eventually be established.
Work began on the barn quilt with the patriotic side being done first. The drawing of the design and the paining was a significant task, particularly on the patriotic pattern.
Wilson said a team of four to five people from the barn quilt subcommittee of Hometown Pride spent multiple four-hour days working toward project completion.
The idea of a barn quilt trail was hatched by the Percival Hometown Pride and several other Hometown Pride groups joined the effort.
Wilson said the idea of a barn quilt trail is one that’s not unique to southwest Iowa, noting that such trails can be found across Nebraska and Iowa. To get an idea of how to organize one, the southwest Iowa barn quilt group went on a trip to visit a Nebraska barn quilt trail.
Eventually, when all the barn quilts are completed, the locations of those barn quilts will be added to a map and people will be able to follow the trail on their mobile devices.
Wilson said the barn quilt trails are great for brining people to the area and that traffic could result in business.
While Hamburg’s entry in the barn quilt trail is completed, that doesn’t mean the effort is over.
Wilson said barns are being sought to display quilts.
The idea is to pair an artist with a barn quilt with a barn owner who has the space for a barn quilt but who is not making one. Of course barns are not the only place that said barn quilts can be displayed. Obviously, Hamburg’s barn quilt is an example of that.
For more information about the barn quilt trail, visit the Hamburg Hometown Pride Facdebook page.