Barn Quilt 4-H Club Welcomes New Members

Barn Quilt 4-H Club Welcomes New Members

U of I Extension News – January 10, 2018

Washington County 4-H Barn Quilt Club kicking off their 2018 year. This fun, artistic group is open to youth ages 8 to 18 as of September 1. They gather to create their works of art on Monday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Nashville Community Center.

Over the past few years, 4-H members have completed 14 barn quilts to be hung throughout Washington County. Through this activity, youth have the opportunity to learn a wide range of skills including: constructing the fame; priming the wood panels; painting techniques; and mapping out the patterns for the quilts. Each of the beautiful barn quilts created by this club has a 4-H clover on it. So the next time you spy a barn quilt in your area, keep an eye out for the clover.

This club wouldn’t be possible without the help and support of the Illinois 4-H Foundation, GDB International of Nashville, Thrivent Financial, Washington County Farm Bureau, Nashville Community Center, Restoff Hardware and Kesel Hardware.

The popularity of these displays has led to a waiting list of area farms wanting to display a barn quilt created by local 4-H members. A driving tour of the local quilts is in the works for the fall of 2018. This popular project is seeking new members. They would love to be able to provide quilts for all the farms on the waiting list, but need more members to jump in with their paint brushes to make that a reality.

Previous experience in construction or art projects is not needed to join in the fun. To learn more, come out to a meeting or call the Washington County Extension Office at 618-327-8881.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact the extension office at (618)327-8881.