Shawano County started it all when Jim and Irene Leuenberger saw their first barn quilt while taking day trips across the Midwest. From there, the barn quilt project was born! Jim took his idea to 4-H leaders in the county and partnered with eight local chapters to create barn quilts. The first few quilts sparked a lot of interest throughout the community, and soon more people were interested.<br>
From Shawano County down to Green County, there are now plenty of barn quilts dotting the landscape. Lynn Lokken, the Barn Quilt Co-Chairman for Green County said that “It’s honoring agriculture and the heritage of the farmers, it’s an art form and I guess we’re kind of advertising dairy.” So, if you’re traveling through Wisconsin make sure to take some time to appreciate the view!