Friday, August 28, 2015

Tour Barn Quilts During The
Chapman Labor Day Celebration
By Lori Hambright
   Join Chapman on Labor Day weekend – especially on Monday, September 7th, for their 100-plus-year celebration.  Not only is it a homecoming for families in the area, but it’s the ‘last hurrah’ of summertime fun for the year.
   Chapman shares its weekend also with the long-running Friday & Saturday Longford Rodeo events and there’s time to take it all in and still be close to home.
   A special new feature to Chapman  Labor Day this year is the city of Chapman being declared a “Barn Quilt Cit.”
Just in town one can see nearly 70 barn quilts.
   Self-guided barn quilt walking and driving tours will be a highlight of the many activities in Chapman.  Maps will be available after September 1st at area businesses, on the Chapman EDC facebook page and at the site.  (MAP BROCHURE BELOW)
   Labor Day Monday has special features if one chooses to tour then.  Do the tour routes and get a free scoop of ice cream.  Deanna Munson of Munson Homemade Ice Cream will be in downtown Chapman.  Show her your map, name your favorite barn quilt and receive a free scoop of ice cream.  And/or visit the Lucky Charm Quilt Shop in downtown (see their five barn quilts on their storefront), and see the barn quilt display inside while shopping their big Labor Day sales. Don’t stop here.  You can win a barn quilt!  The Class of ’77 Car Show is selling raffle tickets on a patriotic 2 x 2.  The car show is fast becoming “one to go to” of classic autos.
   But wait!  Visit the Quilt Show (all local-made fabric quilts) in the Methodist Church hall.  There’s more! But get it done and then enjoy the 2:00 p. m. parade, “The Trail…Our Heritage.”  The theme is honoring the Butterfield Overland Despatch stage line and Smoky Hill Trail on it’s 150th anniversary in 2015.  The BOD/Smoky Hill Trail segment at Chapman was recently named to the National Historic Register in July. You can walk the BOD swales (ruts) on the west side of Indian Hill (Old 40 hwy & Quail Road) and also see a ‘wagon tracks’ barn quilt by the sign.
   The popularity of barn quilts in and around the Chapman area has been due to the activity of Dickinson County as part of the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail and many barn quilt painting classes; also the Chapman Barn Quilt project directed by DK Co/KSFHQT, Chapman High School Art Club and the Chapman EDC which was conducted this spring and early summer.  Profits from the community project benefitted the CHS Art Club.
   To learn more about the Barn Quilt movement in the 22-county area of the Kansas Flint Hills, visit:
   See you Labor Day in Chapman!

 KSFHQT Shares Barn Quilting with Jefferson County!

KSFHQT wishes Jefferson County good luck with barn quilt 101 classes
they will offer soon!

Delores with her beautiful barn quilt!
Linda Gantz, 4-H Program Manager, Meadowlark Extension District, Oskaloosa Office
Cindy Williams, Meadowlark Extension District Agent
Jo Cross, showing their fun barn quilts!
Go Jefferson County!!


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Monday, August 3, 2015

Central Kansas Free Fair, Dickinson County
                                                       July 29 - August 3                                                                                                                                                       
KSFHQT Dickinson County Rep, Lori Hambright
Organizes barn quilt display in the floral room
during the Central Kansas Free Fair.

The Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail
Shares "Barn Quilting" in Ellsworth
July 29, 2015 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Sheeran Park's Shamrock Shelter now has vivid shades of green added with its own barn quilt, a project completed by the CHS Art Club and Lori Hambright, the Dickinson County rep for the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail. The colorful barn quilts were placed throughout downtown Chapman last week. (Photo by Carol Lacer)
Chapman – A Barn Quilt City
by Carol Lacer, News Editor, Chapman News-Times

    A barn quilt project by the Chapman High School Art Club and Lori Hambright, Dickinson County Rep for the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail, reached a high point last week when about 15 colorful barn quilts appeared at Shamrock Park and other downtown shops and businesses.
    Londeen's purchased one for their hardware store, and Kay Londeen was thrilled not only with their own beautiful quilt, but with the overall project and what it adds to downtown Chapman.
“They are wonderful!” Kay said. “Jon and I took a ride after lunch, and it was so much fun to see the different designs and all the different colors. It was a very good idea, and just a real nice addition.”
The project got its start over a year ago when Lori got to thinking that Chapman needed to be “barn quilted,” and mentioned it to the CHS art teacher Kayla Hern. Lori then spoke to members of the Chapman EDC to get the community involved. The EDC donated funds to help with supplies for the project.
    “I set it up with Kayla to have a certain number of patterns that were not too complicated so we could get it done in a certain amount of time,” Lori said. Working with the art club, Lori's goal was to sell between 30-40 barn quilts in Chapman, with a goal of making Chapman the “Barn Quilt Capital of Kansas.” Art students got out in April and May to sell the quilts to business owners downtown.
Lori was very pleased with the results. Forty-three were sold for the project, including eight 4x4 quilts, and 35 of the 2x2 quilts. The total quilts sold to businesses was 24.
    While Lori isn't certain of Chapman having the most barn quilts of any city in Kansas yet, she felt with the number sold, it is one of the towns with the most, and the numbers will be growing, as the quilting is ongoing. Even with 24 businesses ordering the quilts, Lori said the class was not able to contact every business.
    She hopes to get barn quilts completed for those who want one, and on display before Labor Day, when walking and driving tours are planned. A list and map showing all the barn quilts in Chapman will be available at businesses who have a barn quilt and also available on the city's website. Irish Ink at the high school is providing the maps.
    “We'll do a barn quilt for them or help them get one done,” Lori said. She encourages business owners who would like a barn quilt to contact her for more information, or to order a quilt. The cost varies, due to size and the design. Some designs require much more time than others, as well as the number of peaks and colors within the design.
    Those with a barn quilt can register them at the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail website:, or call Lori at 785-313-6565, to list them for the Chapman Labor Day Barn Quilt tour, or for help posting them on the website.
    Lori said the project had been fun, and she, Kayla, and the students worked two days a week through June to get the job done. Lori enjoyed working with the various people, and said the project helps bring the community together.
    City Administrator, Austin St. John, said the art club had done a great job with the quilts. He also told council members at the city meeting last Wednesday that the city workers were a big help in getting the barn quilts hung on buildings. They worked on the project last week and will also continue this week, as more quilts are being placed.
    “It's just a real fun Americana movement,” Lori said.

From left: Chapman City Clerk Erin Tilton, Dickinson County rep for the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail Lori Hambright, and City Administrator Austin St. John show the 4x4 barn quilt that will be placed on City Hall. The placing was to be Friday, but rainy weather stopped the work for a while. (Photo by Carol Lacer)