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202 Park Street

P.O. Box 48
Bishop Hill, IL 61419

Museum Times

Open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily
from May 1st to October 31st



Valerie Jensen, one of the chairmen of the Barn Quilts of Bureau County, will present a program about their project on Tuesday night, June 13, 2017, at the Henry County Historical Society Museum in Bishop Hill at 7 PM. All interested parties are encouraged to attend.

Valerie, of rural Tiskilwa, has worked on the Bureau County project since its inception in 2014. From the original 5 quilts at their inception, the organization now has 70 painted quilts displayed on agricultural buildings throughout the county. Their goal is to have barn quilts in all 25 townships in the county.

The nation-wide interest in barn quilts was born in 2001 in Adams County, Ohio, when Donna Sue Groves made a promise to her mother to paint her a quilt block. Her mother was an accomplished quilter and she thought this would brighten their colorless grey barn. This barn quilt painted for her mother has sparked the Barn Quilt movement throughout the United States and Canada. It has become one of the fastest growing grassroots public art movement.

The Bureau County project paints their quilts on a special type of plywood called MDO board. The blocks are usually either 4x4 feet or 8x8 feet. No fabric is used in the design, it all comes from paint. There are painted with exterior paint and each displays a colorful quilt block, either one chosen from a traditional quilt design or from something personal to that farmer.

Valerie will tell about the project, how designs are selected and painted, and show a power point presentation with photos of the finished quilts. There is no charge for the program, but a donation to the museum will be greatly appreciated.