Rhonda Christensen, B.V. County Extension Educational Director, reports that the B.V. Extension Office has applied, paid $100, and received the franchise to be called "Barn Quilts of Buena Vista County."
Nancy Jenson, Pocahontas County Extension Education Director, explained at a meeting last week how Pocahontas County started their barn quilt project. She shared that the cost of the quilt would be approximately $250. It takes two 4' x 8' sheets of sign board, a frame made out of 2 x 4's, primer, and various colors of paint to complete a quilt. Evan Balder, a 4-Her from Albert City, shared how he did his state award winning barn quilt project. His quilt is located 2.5 miles west of Albert City on Highway 3.
Some people taking part in the recent meeting voiced that they wanted a quilt to reflect the history of their barn, some liked quilts and wanted an outdoor quilt, while others wanted to promote tourism. Everyone agreed that it would make driving through Buena Vista County fun and interesting, Christensen said. An additional bonus is that two of our neighboring counties, Sac and Pocahontas, already have the Barn Quilts established.
Everyone attending was very interested in the project. Different persons in the group are checking into grants. You don't have to have a barn to help with the Barn Quilts of Buena Vista County. There's a need for people to donate time to enlarge quilt designs, tape quilt patterns, and to paint. If there are any individuals, groups or businesses that would like to financially help with the quilts, please contact Rhonda. We will be looking for a large area that can be heated in cold weather so we can paint inside, out of the elements.
The next meeting, "Block two," will be Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. at the Storm Lake AEA meeting room. Please come and join in the fun of beautifying our county. Everyone is welcome. If you are interested, but cannot come, call Rhonda Christensen at (712) 732-5056.