Sunday, August 25, 2013

Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail

Interview by

Jan Biles with


Barn Quilt 101 Class

Sponsored by the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Ag Heritage Park, Alta Vista

25 barn quilt enthusiasts attended the "Barn Quilt 101" class, sponsored by the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail, on Saturday, and hosted by Ag Heritage Park. The class, taught by Sue Hageman, and assisted by Connie Larson, explained "barn block quilting," while giving the participants the opportunity to paint their own barn quilt block.
From this class, 24 new 2' x 2' quilt blocks will adorn the Flint Hills countryside!
Congratulations to all those joining the barn quilt block revolution in the Flint Hills!



Sunday, August 11, 2013

Leonardville Hullabaloo -  Saturday, August 10th
Sue Hageman Promotes The
Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

"Barn Block 101" Classes

Saturday, August 24, 2013 at Ag Heritage Park, Alta Vista
Friday, September 6, 2013 at Lazy T Ranch, Manhattan
See Details Below

Pioneer Bluffs Hosts Prairie Talk Near Matfield Green;

"Exploring The Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail" Program

Sue Hageman, representing the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail, and nationally known barn quilt block artist, presented the program at the Pioneer Bluffs historical barn on Saturday afternoon, August 4th. The "Prairie Talk" program was attended by 40 promising barn quilt enthusiasts. Pioneer Bluffs was a perfect location to discuss barn quilts with their Pioneer Star quilt block displayed on the historical 1800's barn. Pioneer Bluff's quilt block, created by Elaine Jones and Susan Hague, quickly joined the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail efforts. Connie Larson, also a Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail committee member, and President of Ag Heritage Park in Alta Vista, that also proudly displays a pair of quilt blocks that are part of the Quilt Trail, assisted Sue in the program. Pioneer Bluffs executive director, Lynn Smith, graciously promoted the event.

Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail County Rep Lori Hambright

Reports On County Fair Parade, Abilene, August 1st

Lori reports that a few thousand people  were along the parade route this year.  Great Job!!

Several photos prior to the parade:

First photo:  Finished product with Judy Sorenson and Mary Ray.  They helped Lori assemble the float exhibit and contributed  items.  Sherry Osland of Praiseworks quilting also loaned them 'barn quilts'.
2nd photo:  Amanda's Bakery & Bistro in Abilene help support the parade entry in terms of lending the vehicle.
3rd photo:  "Left" side of float.  Wade Hambright, on opposite side of truck, Lori's son, constructed the 'barn frame' that the barn quilts were displayed on.

And more parade photos taken by a friend along the parade route.


Friday, August 2, 2013

Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail

Offers Barn Quilt 101 Classes


Have you wondered how the barn quilt blocks are made?  Come learn how to make one and take one home with you!  The Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail is offering “Barn Quilt 101” classes. Pre-registration is required for these classes, with the $35.00 fee due on arrival at class. Each class will be limited to 12 participants painting blocks. Sue Hageman, Riley, nationally known barn quilt artist will be instructing the classes.


Ag Heritage Park, 103 S Main, Alta Vista, will host a class, Saturday, August 24th, 9:00 a.m - 12:00 noon. Please call 785-532-8393 with questions and to pre-register by August 17th for this class.


Lazy T Ranch, 2103 Zeandale Rd, Manhattan, will be offering a class Friday evening, September 6, starting at 6:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required for this class no later than Friday, August 23rd. Please call 785-537-9727 for questions and preregistration.


The barn block will be made using a 2’ x 2’ MDO (material density overlay) signboard already primed and ready to draw your pattern and paint.  The “kit” for the class will include the primed board, tape, foam brushes and paint, all for $35.00.  The paint choices will be primary red, blue, yellow, green, black and white.  Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of their own pattern or there will be several patterns to choose from at the class.  It is highly suggested participants start with a block that will be simple using only two or three colors of paint.  The simplicity will allow participants to finish their project at the completion of the class.


Instructor for the class, Sue Hageman, who recently won the AccuQuilt 2013 Barn Quilt Block Contest, loves to share her passion of barn quilt painting. She has painted numerous barn quilt blocks that are displayed in several counties of the Flint Hills.


The Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail is sponsoring the “Barn Quilt 101” classes to encourage participation in the art of barn quilt blocks, promoting agritourism and rural pride through the 22 county region of the Flint Hills. Those interested in barn quilt blocks may follow the art movement in the Kansas Flint Hills at Questions may be directed to