Friday, October 20, 2017

November 4th - Barn Quilt Class

"Art at the Stone Barn" barn quilts

painted November 4th.

The Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail

welcomes the opportunity to add these

barn quilts to Dickinson County!

Application on-line or by mail.
Photo by Lori Hambright, KSFHQT Dickinson Co Rep

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Check out Wilson County!

This community project was just put up last week in Fredonia.


It was a summer arts project with Fredonia Arts Council

and Wilson County Old Iron Club as sponsors.

The barn quilts are Underground Railroad patterns and were painted by students in the Fredonia and Neodesha school districts. The students learned to draw the patterns, apply the frog tape and picked their own colors.

Monday, August 28, 2017

New Barn Quilts

Recently, the hay barn at Tonganoxie Community Historical Society (TCHS) museum took a new look. Travelers on highway 16 from McLouth can look south as they come to the intersection of 24-40 to see the new look.

Three Barn Quilts now adorn the north wall of the barn. Since 2011, the north face of the barn was decorated with a canvas that celebrated the Kansas Sesquicentennial. Today, the barn celebrates the Glacial Hills Quilt Trail and becomes the centerpiece for the trail.

The designs for the three blocks on the barn were chosen by Jean Pearson, who has taught classes at the Historical Society for four years now. She also created the Glacial Hills Quilt Trail, similar to the Flint Hills Quilt Trail. Both trails can be found on the internet by their names.

The blocks chosen for the TCHS barn have special meaning and symbolism to the historical society. The block on the east is the Farmer’s Daughter. This quilt block first appeared in print in the Kansas City Star on March 16, 1935. The barn on which the barn blocks hang was built in 1932, replacing the very large barn which had been built by Frank Fairchild at the turn of the century. That barn burned in 1928.  

The granddaughter of the original dairy farmer came to own this property when it was passed on from her father, Archie Knox and his wife, Bessie, who operated the dairy farm until 1947.  In 1985, this barn, the milking parlor, and the silo, were donated to the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society by the farmer’s daughter, Mildred Young.

The centerpiece block is the Sunflower. There are many sunflower quilt patterns – this one best displays the vibrant colors of the sunflower. The wild native sunflower was designated the Kansas State Flower in 1903.  It greeted early settlers who traveled westward through Kansas on the many trails that crossed Kansas.

The block on the far west is the Double Aster.  Asters were cultivated in the eastern United States since colonial times. Relatives of these cultivated species grew abundantly on the Kansas prairies and were known as wild asters. Like the sunflower, the aster is a member of the Asteraceae family.

The barn blocks were painted by a group of TCHS members – Jean Pearson, Lloyd Pearson, Janet Stuke, Janet Burnett, Kris Roberts, and Brenda Shaw.

A Barn Quilt Class is being organized for this fall – interested persons should contact the museum 913-845-2960 or or visit the museum. The museum is open Sundays 1pm to -4pm, Tuesdays 9am to 4pm, and Wednesdays 9am to noon.