The Continuing Education department at Kishwaukee College will be offering a one-day class in Barn Quilting Basics on Saturday, April 5 from 10:00a.m. – 3:00p.m. in Room B1426 at the College. The class will be taught by Barn Quilt experts Kristine Winkler and Lynn Lokken from Green County, Wisconsin where Barn Quilts have become very popular and have increased agri-tourism in the area.
“Barn Quilting” refers to a form of artwork in which painted quilt pattern squares are created on boards and then mounted on barns, usually in a way that the quilt square is visible from a nearby road. In some regions, including Green County, there are “Barn Quilt Trails” that feature a mapped drive in the country showcasing barn quilts on each of several neighboring farms and incorporating stops at other agri-tourism facilities such as orchards or berry farms.
In the Kishwaukee College Continuing Education class, participants will learn the origins and fundamentals of creating Barn Quilts. Participants should bring a 2’ x 2’ foot square of ¾ inch plywood that has been primed twice. Participants should also wear clothing that can get paint on it. Barn Quilts can be based on a square from an existing quilt pattern; often people will choose a quilt pattern that has personal significance. Participants may also design their own unique quilt square. Participants should bring whichever quilt square pattern they have chosen printed on a sheet of paper.
The cost for the class is $120 which includes $15 for supplies. Participants should also bring a sack lunch that does not require refrigeration.
For more information on Barn Quilting, visit www.greencountybarnquilts.com/
And for more information on the Barn Quilting Basics class or to register, contact Kishwaukee College Continuing Education at 815-825-2086, ext. 2040.