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)  

Monday, July 13, 2015

Congratulations Woodson County!
More Woodson County Barn Quilts
Soon to be added to the
Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail
Follow their progress at

The Woodson County Barn Quilt Trail was created
to commemorate the Woodson County Historical Society's
50th Anniversary since its founding in 1965,
and is linked to the
Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Check us out!

The Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail is featured today on the Kansas Transportation Motoring Monday series!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Barn Quilt Winner!
Jessica Wrosch of Onaga, in Pottawatomie County, was the winner of the
barn quilt block drawing at the Kansas Sampler Festival in Wamego, May 2015.
The Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail
sponsored the drawing as part of the Festival activities.
Sue Hageman, well known barn quilt artist, painted the block.
Sue is a member of the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail Committee
and living in Riley County, serves as the KSFHQT Riley County Rep.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail

Alma - Saturday, May 30th

Barn Quilt 101 Takes Big Step!!

Six 4 x 4's & One 8 x 8!!

Hosted by Sheryl Thowe & Sharon Heidemann
KSFHQT Wabaunsee County Representatives
Assisted by Connie Larson

"American Star"
Arlene Gnadt
Arlene's daughter, Afton Gnadt, helped paint!
24145 Prairie View Rd, Alma

"Midwest Star"
Stephanie Imthurn
Tanner helped his Mom on this big project!
33578 Vera Rd, Maple Hill

"Goose Tracks"
Karen Thowe
Karen's daughter, Lynn Deevers, was on hand to help out!
34451 Old K 10 Rd

Emily Schrader
New Home on Old K 10 Rd

"Midwest Star"
Amanda Gnadt
24176 Prairie View Rd, Alma

""Early Riser"
Diana Barrett
23823 Prairie View Rd, Alma

"Star Flag"
Patty Schlagel, Alma
Gift for daughter in Leavenworth Co.

To Come
"Flying Kite"
Vicky Jones
115 Lakeview Circle, Alma

Friday, May 1, 2015

Visit The
Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail
in the Flint Hills Tent
at the
Kansas Sampler Festival
this weekend
May 2 & 3
Wamego, KS

The Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail will again be
the central theme for the Flint Hills Tent

The game card for the tent will put you in a drawing to win
a barn quilt, by artist Sue Hageman,
donated by the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail

Good Luck & Hope to see you in Wamego!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Last week Central High School students volunteered and spent an evening painting 3 large barn quilts that they are donating to the communities within their consolidated school district; Atlanta, Cambridge and Grenola. They already painted one for their school in Burden in January. - - Deb Firebaugh, Administrative Assistant, Cowley First