Business took me to Pender, Nebraska late this summer for a meeting. I drove in the night before and arrived before sunset, so I put on my sneakers and went for a run around town. Pender greeted me with a gorgeous display of “Barn Quilts”, and I left town the next afternoon enamored with the idea of a community wide Barn Quilt project.
Not long after my trip, I learned that my home county planned to participate in a Barn Quilt tour. I quickly signed my favorite blonde cowgirl and her grandma up for a “how to” class. Megan has loved to draw and paint patterns of shapes since she was old enough to hold a pen.
I believe in empowering my kids — coming up with projects that I know will fit their personalities — and then letting them fly. No matter what the project, their work often leaves me in awe.
We hung Megan’s first barn quilt at the feed yard on Saturday. It is an 8′ X 8′ sign easily seen from HWY 30. Anyone that knows Meg will see her personality in the sign, and I am confident that it will bring smiles to the faces of many travelers.
Apart from consulting with her engineer Daddy on the quilt layout (geometry) and spacing, Megan completed the project on her own. I know that I am a biased mom, but the sign is just AWESOME! I am looking forward to Barn Quilt #2 which is currently in the making and will hang on the shop/barn behind my house, and Barn Quilt #3 which will adorn our farm office building in downtown Cozad.
I hope that Megan’s signs will be an inspiration to others in my community to participate.
- How wonderful would it be to have each business in downtown Cozad hang a barn quilt in their window?
- How beautiful would it be for homeowners all around town to place them in their front yards?
- How magical would it be for groups of young people in Cozad to make signs for their neighbors and those that are unable to make their own?
- How awesome would it be for area farmers to hang large barn quilts on their barns and shop buildings all through the countryside to showcase pride in our heritage!
For more information on making a Barn Quilt, please contact the Cozad Chamber of Commerce or visit with Julie Geiger at the Prairie Point Junction quilt store in downtown Cozad.
What an inspirational way to showcase rural America!