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Cruising the Countryside of Clayton County in Search of Barn Quilts
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Cruising the Countryside of Clayton County in Search of Barn Quilts

Do you have that special quilt that you love to cuddle up with on a cold winter day? You know, the one that was hand stitched and tied by your mom, grandma or aunt that is the same design as every other sibling’s quilt, in your favorite colors. What if you could take a drive around to admire each family’s favorite quilt design without any questions asked? Now, you can! We invite you to Clayton County, Iowa to take the Barn Quilt Tour.

A barn quilt, you say, what is that? Well, it’s just what it sounds like. It’s a giant painted wooden square of a patchwork quilt that is attached to the exterior of a barn. It is proudly displayed by farmers as a symbol of their family’s heritage.  It may contain the family’s signature colors, patchwork design, or another symbol of the rich history of the land. Each and every barn quilt is unique, locally made right here in Clayton County by Highway 52 Barn Quilts in Guttenberg, IA.

The scenic drive through the rolling hills of Clayton County is a five hour self-guided tour. Enjoy the kaleidoscope of colors and designs in over 30 barn quilts. 20 points of interest are also listed on the brochure, which can be picked up at the Clayton County Development Group office in Elkader or printed from the downloadable version online.

To speak to someone about ordering your barn quilt, check out the Highway 52 Barn Quilts website. For more information, a downloadable copy of the brochure, and a list of barn quilt locations, visit the Clayton County Development Group’s website and enjoy your visit today!

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