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Delaware County Barn Quilts Committee Decides to Disband

As you drive around Delaware County, you may notice the colorful patches that adorn some of the barns – otherwise known as barn quilts. 

There has been a group dedicated to creating and hanging those barn quilts – but after about fifteen years, they’re calling it quits. 

That’s committee member Roger Helmrichs. He says the Delaware County Barn Quilts organization got their start back in 2008 – and he got involved after telling his wife he wanted one of his own.

There were several steps to getting a barn quilt of your own. It costs a couple hundred dollars, with residents first meeting with Kathy Wilgenbusch at The Quiltmaker’s Shoppe.

And the group received some help hanging those barn quilts, with Maquoketa Valley REC donating their time.

The first 8-by-8 barn quilt in Delaware County was installed at Helmrichs’ farm – and there are a hundred more around the county. All of the barn quilts are shown on the Delaware County Beacon website – you can pull up four different routes – and you’ll soon be able to find them on the Delaware County Tourism website. Helmrichs says the goal when starting the organization was to help tourism, with the barn quilts pretty much covering the whole county.

And the barn quilts feature some pretty unique designs.

Now that news is coming out about the group disbanding, Helmrichs jokes that there will be a few people out there who now want a barn quilt – and if that’s the case, he says they’re willing to pass along some advice.

Helmrichs thanks everyone who helped with their committee, as well as all of the Delaware County property owners who supported the Barn Quilts of Delaware County. He says their hope is that the barn quilts mean something to the Delaware County residents who have invested in one through this group over these past fifteen years.






photos courtesy of Delaware County Barn Quilts 

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