Glacial Hills Quilt Trail

Barn Quilts are quilt blocks painted and hung on farm buildings or fences.  The quilt blocks are often painted by the resident of the farm or home where they are displayed.  The quilt blocks give tribute to our forebears who wasted nothing and were able to create quilts that were functional, but also reflective of the individual who created them.

The Glacial Hills Quilt Trail was established in October of 2015.  The trail currently incorporates barn quilt blocks in Leavenworth, Jackson, Jefferson, and Douglas counties. 

BARN QUILT BLOCK WORKSHOPS
TCHS sponsors classes for those wishing to learn how to create their own barn quilt block.

The next Barn Quilt class will be held on October 20, 2018 from 9:00am to 2:00pm. To sign up, send an email to us at TCHS2002@att.net.

The class fees include materials and instructions to create your own Barn Quilt Block. Patterns are available at the class or you can bring your own. The 2' x 2' and 4' x 4' blocks are MDO (medium density overlay) signboard, primed with an exterior paint. Exterior paints in many colors are available at the class. Arrive at 9:00am and walk out at 2:00pm with your own Barn Quilt Block. The fee for a 2' x 2' block is $50; the fee for a 4' x 4' is $100.

The BARN QUILTS are listed below. "Please note that all barn quilts are on private property and are visible from the road, unless specifically noted on the description of the barn quilt. Be sensitive to traffic around you. Pull over to view the barn quilts."

Interested in Joining the Trail?

Download the application form and email the application form and a photo of your barn block in its permanent position per instructions on the application.

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Leavenworth County

Three Barn Quilts have been hung on the north face of the Fairchild-Knox Hay Barn.
Tonganoxie Community Historical Sociey
201 W. Washington St.
Tonganoxie, KS

Museum - The block is mounted on the north face of the Fairchild Knox Barn, which was re-built after a fire destroyed to original 1901 barn.  This barn and 6.3 acres of land were donated to the Society in 1987 by Mildred Young, the farmer's daughter.
The block is best viewed from 8th Street.  Turn west on 8th from Highway 24-40, just south of Highway 16.

Pattern: Farmer's Daughter

The Farmer's Daughter quilt block first appeared in print in the Kansas City Star on March 16, 1935.  Per the Star notes that day, it "is an old pattern." 
The barn which is a backdrop to our collection of barn blocks was built in 1932, replacing the original dairy barn, which had been constructed at the turn of the century and burned down.  The farm was a working dairy farm from 1884 until 1947, throughout the years when Tonganoxie was known as "the dairy center of Kansas."
The granddaughter of the original dairy farmer (Frank Fairchild) came to own this property when it was passed on from her father, Archie Knox and his wife, Bessie, who operated the dairy farm until 1947.  In 1985, the barn and the attached milking parlor and the silo, were donated to the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society by the farmer's daughter, Mildred Young.

Pattern: Sunflower

There are many sunflower quilt patterns, but this one best displays the vibrant colors of the sunflower. The wild native sunflower was designated the Kansas State Flower in 1903.  It greeted early settlers who traveled westward through Kansas on the many trails that crossed Kansas.   
Native Americans used the wild sunflowers for food as long ago as 3,000 years. Plains tribes cultivated the sunflower.  The native sunflower grows up to 15' in height and each flower head produces as many as 1000 seeds. Sunflower seeds are rich in protein.
The scientific name of sunflowers is Helianthus, from the Greek word helios for sun and anthus meaning flower.  The sunflower is a member of the Asteraceae family.

Pattern: Double Aster

Asters were cultivated in the eastern United States since colonial times. Relatives of these cultivated species grew abundantly on the Kansas prairies and were known as wild asters.
The aster is a member of the Asteraceae family, as is the sunflower.


Pattern: Tonganoxie Nine Patch
Tonganoxie Community Historical Sociey
201 W. Washington St.
Tonganoxie, KS

Museum - The Fairchild-Knox Barn. This quilt block was designed by Carrie A. Hall.


Pattern: Starflower
Kathy Hall
507 E 5th St.
Tonganoxie, KS

Hanging on shed in alley behind house.
Enter from the west.
2nd building from west in alley.


Pattern: Crown & Star
Kathy Hall
507 E 5th St.
Tonganoxie, KS

1912 Residence


Pattern: Beacon Lights
Kathy Hall
507 E 5th St.
Tonganoxie, KS

1912 Residence (hanging on right side of front porch)


Pattern: Layered Diamonds
Kathy Hall
507 E 5th St.
Tonganoxie, KS

1912 Residence
Hanging on shed behind house.


Pattern: Centennial Star
Jean Pearson
615 Myers Dr.
Tonganoxie, KS

Residence


Pattern: LeMoyne Star, variation
Jean Pearson
615 Myers Dr.
Tonganoxie, KS

Residence – block is on the garden shed in the backyard, visible from the west side of the home.


Pattern: I Have a Dream (from Cookies & Quilts, by Judy Martin)
Brenda Shaw
19973 219th Street
Tonganoxie, KS

Residence. Block is on the barn, which was built in the 1950's as a barn for animals, farm equipment, feed, and hay.


Pattern: Connie's Star
Connie Putthoff
2310 Valley View Drive
Tonganoxie, KS

Residence


Pattern: Original Design by Tammy Van Tuyl
Magnatech Park, near the intersection of Pleasant Street and E. 1st Street
Tonganoxie, KS

The park was established in 2000 on land donated to the city of Tonganoxie. The potting shed was placed there a few years later. The shed is where the Master Gardeners who maintain the park store their tools. The quilt block was presented to Magnatech Park as one of the Leavenworth County Master Gardener projects recognized by the K-State Research and Extension Leavenworth County Extension Appreciation Award for 2017.


Pattern: Hens and Chicks
Gretchen Manus
19549 Parallel Road
Tonganoxie, KS

Residence


Pattern: Carpenter's Star
Marge Stierly
20665 Evans Road
Tonganoxie, KS

Residence


Pattern:  Prairie Queen
Janet Stuke
23883 Evans Rd.
Tonganoxie, KS

Residence


Pattern: Pinwheel
Meri OHare
20314 235th St.
Tonganoxie, KS

1915 Cow barn now used for storage.

Pattern: IH Prairie Queen
Robert Kissinger
22078 203rd Street
Tonganoxie, KS

The block is hung on a 2018 building which houses machinery – the farm has been a family farm since the mid-1800's. The block was painted by Gloria Reischman.

Pattern: Aunt Lydia's Tulip Basket
Peaches Joles
21452 McIntyre Road
Leavenworth, KS

Residence


Pattern:  Unknown
Ron & Peaches Joles
21234 McIntyre Road
Leavenworth, KS

Original barn burned down.  This is a replacement wooden barn built in 1935.


Pattern:  Hunter's Star
Christine Funk
27333 243rd St.
McLouth, KS

New Metal Barn


Pattern: Starburst Sunset over the Vineyard
Maxine Bryant
12381 Washington Road
McLouth, KS

The farm was a dairy for 40 years. Over the last 19 years, we have transformed the property into a Kansas farm winery, bed & breakfast and agritourism destination.


Atchison County

Pattern: Flying Geese
Virginia Foley
103 State Street
Lancaster, KS

1960 residence. Hanging above garage door.


Pattern: Hunter's Star
Virginia Foley
103 State Street
Lancaster, KS

1960 residence. Hanging on storage shed.


Jackson County

Pattern: Corn & Beans
Rochelle Falk
15985 238th Road
Holton, KS

Residence. The farm has been in the Arnold family since 1864. The house was built prior to 1864, but has been added on to over the years.


Pattern: Sunflower
Rochelle Falk
15985 238th Road
Holton, KS

Residence. The farm has been in the Arnold family since 1864. The house was built prior to 1864, but has been added on to over the years.


Jefferson County

Pattern: Grapes and Leaves
Lori Henderson
7397 K92 Highway
Ozawkie, KS

Crooked Post Winery
We bought the property in 2011 and built the winery in 2013. We opened for business in 2014 and have added brick fired pizza ovens and patios, including the side patio where the barn quilts are displayed. We host special events like barn quilt painting classes and other events related to being a destination winery.


Pattern: Kansas Sunflower
Lori Henderson
7397 K92 Highway
Ozawkie, KS

Crooked Post Winery


Pattern: Our Cats
Lori Henderson
7397 K92 Highway
Ozawkie, KS

Crooked Post Winery
This block is painted for all my cats, past and present. The yellow one has some white spots on it and represents the cat named Freddy that lived at the winery for a year.  The neighbor lady and I fed it all of 2016, but in the spring of 2017 he started to go downhill.  We ended up taking him home where he could get care and attention and after nearly dying he is the 5th cat member of our family at present date.

 


Pattern: Hummingbird
Lori Henderson
7397 K92 Highway
Ozawkie, KS

Crooked Post Winery
I painted this one because I love watching the hummingbirds all summer and have food out at both the winery and our house, for not only these birds but yellow finches and other birds as well.  It is our job to help take care of nature.  In the spring I will be planting flowers for the monarch butterflies as well at the winery.

 


Douglas County

Pattern: Sunflower
Jane Akob
Tom Swan Park Demonstration Garden
8th & High Street
Baldwin City, Ks

Downtown storefront, built in the 1920's, previously used as a gas station, restaurant, and Chamber of Commerce.