DATE: SATURDAY, JUNE 30TH
TIME: 10:00 AM
PLACE: SMURAWA’S COUNTRY BAKERY, 204 E PULASKI ST, PULASKI, WI
We will meet at Smurawa’s at 10 AM for coffee and some of the best bakery items in the area! After getting a dose of sugar and caffeine we will lead a Barn Quilt Tour for those who are interested in going for drive. Please RSVP to Dee and Shaun at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by Thursday, June 28th!
What is a Barn Quilt?
A barn quilt is made by painting a quilt pattern on two 4’ X 8’ sheets of 3/4” plywood, then mounting them on a barn to form an eight foot square. Two coats of primer are applied to both sides of the boards plus the edges. After the pattern is drawn out, Frog (painters) tape is applied. Three coats of each color of paint are applied, with each coat being allowed to dry overnight. After the quilt is finished, it is allowed to dry for at least two weeks before it is put up on the barn.
When someone wanted a quilt for their barn, they met with Leuenberger to pick out a pattern and the colors they wanted it painted in. As project coordinator, Leuenberger said one of the most enjoyable parts of the project was the wonderful people he and Irene met, many of whom they had never known. “It’s pretty amazing that starting in January 2011, at least one barn quilt was put up in Shawano County every month for 52 months in a row,” Leuenberger said. The price for a finished quilt mounted on a barn was only $200. Employees of Raddant Electric Service in Shawano put up every quilt with just minimal reimbursement.
Shawano County is proud to claim the title of Barn Quilt Capital of Wisconsin. However, it is believed no other county in the United States has a many 8’X8’ barn quilts as this beautiful northeast Wisconsin county.