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Washington County is Iowa's Barn Quilt Capital

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The Washington County supervisors posed with John and Dorothy Helscher outside their quilt-displaying barn. The Washington County supervisors posed with John and Dorothy Helscher outside their quilt-displaying barn.

WASHINGTON COUNTY (KWWL) -- A project in the county has given Iowa an official, new state Barn Quilt Capital.

Washington County has a project this summer, which will land them, by the end, with more than 115 quilt blocks hanging on barns and homes throughout the area.

The Washington County supervisors' meeting on June 15 sealed the deal, and Tuesday they posed with John and Dorothy Helscher outside their quilt-displaying barn.

The press release about this announcement says the Helschers fixed up their barn before hanging the quilt, and they're not the only ones in the county to do so. The county hopes the title of Barn Quilt Capital will encourage farmers to "prolong the life" of "what has become an endangered icon of rural life in Iowa," the release says.

The project will end in the fall, when the final quilts will go up in the northwest quarter of the county.

Later this summer, the county plans on releasing a barn quilt map and brochure, for those who want to take self-guided tours. Those will be available at the Washington and Kalona chambers of commerce and the Washington County Extension along with several other locations in the area.

Online Reporter Becca Habegger

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