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SP Optimists learn about barn quilts


October 18, 2018

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Kathy Hartman-Breunig was the invited speaker at the SP Optimist meeting on October 10. Kathy has been and continues to be a driving force behind the Sauk County Barn Quilts project and especially with the Sauk Prairie area quilts. The Sauk Prairie FFA, FFA Alumni group and the Sauk County Arts and Historic Preservation Committee worked together to create maps of where barn quilts are located in the county. Kathy explained that the barn quilt movement began with one barn quilt maker and has spread to be a national and international project. She explained the different types of barns- Dutch, Bank, Prairie, Crib and Round and told the group that each barn quilt is to stay on the barn for 10 years minimum. There are over 100 barn quilts in Sauk County and the number continues to grow. Stating that the reward for placing a barn quilt is "donating art and history" to the viewers, she shared it is a labor of love. Pamphlets with full colored pictures of barn quilts and a map showing where many are located can be found at the River Arts Center Gallery, River Arts on Water Gallery and the Chamber of Commerce. A Barn Quilt Art exhibit is currently at the River Arts Center Gallery and lobby which is open during school hours when school is in session. Pictured: Kathy Hartman-Breunig, left, and Vicki Gullickson, SP Optimist President, after Hartman-Breunig's presentation on Barn Quilts at the SP Optimist meeting on October 10.


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