barn quilt block

Congratulations to Rhonda Kesner, Wamego!

Watch Lexi draw the winning ticket!
To all that support Ag Heritage Park!!

& Thank you to those that enjoyed
the barn quilt painting demonstration

The finished 4 x 4 can be yours -
with a simple donation to Ag Heritage Park.
For more information e-mail

Come & Paint!

Saturday, September 22

2:00 - 3:30 (earlier if you can come)

Ag Heritage Park will host a barn quilting demonstration.
You are welcome to participate while learning the art of barn quilting.
And . . .
You may take the barn quilt home with a donation to Ag Heritage Park.

Come any time in the afternoon . . .
learn the art of barn quilt painting
from barn quilt painting pros
Cindy Zimmerman and Jessica Wyrill.

See you Saturday!
Don't forget to purchase your
tickets for the 3:30 barn quilt drawing!

Winner - Sheryl Thowe, Alma

Win This 4' x 4' Barn Quilt!
Drawing Saturday, April 21st - 2:00 p.m.
Currently on display at the
Farmers & Drovers Bank
Alta Vista
Tickets Available There!

Like this barn quilt?

This barn quilt was painted
during the Old Settler's Day activities
at Ag Heritage Park in September.
It is available to be hung on your property
with a simple donation to
Ag Heritage Park - suggested $150.00.
If interested e-mail

Saturday, September 23rd

Winner of the 4' x 4'

Barn Quilt Drawing

is Judy Sorenson, Hope!!

And Thank You to all that made donations
to Ag Heritage Park.


Judy Sorenson, Hope

Wins the 4' x 4' Barn Quilt!

Win This 4' x 4' Barn Quilt!

"Lucky Phenomenon"
Artist: Connie Larson

Donations For Tickets

Will Benefit Ag Heritage Park

Drawing - Saturday, April 15th, 2:00 p.m.

During the Annual Spring Crank Up! Tractor Show

Tickets available until 2:00 p.m on the 15th

1 ticket = $3.00

2 tickets = $5.00

6 tickets = $10.00

(Do not have to be present to win)

Tickets may be purchased in advance by mailing check to:

Ag Heritage Park, c/o 1128 D Ave, Alta Vista KS 66834

Good Luck!

What a barn quilt day at Ag Heritage Park!

Saturday, October 1st

The gals of the Council Grove
Class of '69 gathered to paint
a 8' x 8' barn quilt for Cosgrove Farms.
Way to go! Looks great!

Can't wait to see the John Deere theme
barn quilt displayed on the shop!
Will be a great addition to the
Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail!

The Council Grove Community Arts Council
Sponsored a barn quilt workshop
at Ag Heritage Park in Alta Vista, October 1st in the afternoon.
19 barn quilt painters learned the art while
Sharon Heidemann, Cindy Zimmerman and Connie Larson
enjoyed sharing the barn quilting art.

Linda Cosgrove's finished block
Rhonda Bryant's Friendship Star

Cindy Zimmerman finished the 4' x 4' that was demonstrated
during Old Settler's Day at Ag Heritage Park last Saturday.

Barn Quilt Drawing

Saturday, September 24, 2016

3:30 p.m. -  Drawing for a 4' x 4' Barn Quilt

Lori Glessner, Alta Vista is the winner!

"Pinwheel Surprise"

4' x 4' Barn Quilt

Artist: Connie Larson

 Ron Otney, BarnesWon the Barn Quilt!Spring Crank Up! Tractor ShowSaturday, April 16, 2016Thanks to all that donated to Ag Heritage Park!

(see the barn quilt listed on the KSFHQT website in Washington

Make Plans To Visit The

Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail Exhibit

"Painted Quilts Across The Flint Hills"


The Great Overland Station

701 N Kansas Ave
Topeka KS 66608

Open Thru April 30, 2016
Closed at 1:00 p.m., Saturday April 16th
Closed Friday, April 22
Closed Friday, April 29



Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Last ticket sale 3:15 p.m.


Adults: $4.00 - Seniors (62+): $3.00 Children 3-12: $2.00

$1.00 off with Military ID

Children 2 & under and members are free.

Kansas Day - Free Admission

Ag Heritage Park
Barn Quilt Demonstration
Old Settler's Day
Saturday, September 26
Jessica Wyrill demonstrated painting
& answered questions "how-to" paint
a barn quilt.

Cindy Zimmerman won the drawing
held at 4:00 Saturday afternoon!

Win This Barn Quilt!
Old Settler's Day
Ag Heritage Park
Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 4:00 p.m.

"Twisting Star Surprise"
4' x 4' Barn Quilt
Painted & Donated by Connie Larson

Proceeds Benefit Ag Heritage Park

Tickets Available at Ag Heritage Park:
1 = $3.00; 2 = $5.00 & 6 = $10.00

 Jessica Wyrill poses beside her barn quilt
that became part of the Wyrill Farming
Family Ranch sign near Kirwin,
Phillips County.

Sheryl Thowe, Alma
Spring Crank Up! Tractor Show Day
Saturday, April 18, 2015

Thank you to all
donations for tickets
that will benefit Ag Heritage Park

Caroline Zimmerman tries her hand at "barn quilting"
with Jessica Wyrill's help Saturday afternoon
as the action slowed down at Spring Crank Up!
Looks great Caroline!

Kenneth & Donna Zimmerman
are taking the block "Lucky Star"
home to Shawnee, Kansas
Thank you to all
donations for tickets
that will benefit Ag Heritage Park

Jessica's Barn Quilt 101 Class
Ag Heritage Park
Sunday, September 14, 2014 



Time Is Running Out!
August 31st is the Last Day
of the current exhibit
featuring the
Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail
as a part of the exhibit
"Speaking of Quilts: Voices from the Collection and the Community"
Kansas Museum of History
6425 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka

Hazel Zimmerman, Founder of Ag Heritage Park, is pictured
in front of the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail
display at the Kansas Museum of History, Topeka, last week.
Hazel's "Sunflower" barn quilt displayed on the
family farm is featured in the display.

Check Out Coffey County!

Quilt Block/Lebo 4th of July Tour

Public Barn Block Tour on July 4th
Over 60 barn blocks

Maps Available at the Library
For More Information Contact
Mary Davies @ The Library

Barn Quilt 101 Class
Saturday, June 7
Ag Heritage Park
Great Class by Cindy Zimmerman & Jessica Wyrill

More Barn Quilt 101 Classes Scheduled - Visit

Sharon & Marylin ShareThe Art of Barn Quilt Block MakingatAg Heritage Park Spring Crank Up! Tractor ShowAlta VistaSaturday, April 19th

"Barn Quilting" Video
How To Make A Barn Block
A project of the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail
and Tri-County Telephone

Virginia Easton's mailbox blocks
"Scottish Heather" and "Easter Basket"
Highway 13, Pottawatomie County

Mark Your Calendars
Saturday, April 5, 2014

North Central Kansas Quilt Trail
Barn Quilt 101 Class Update

Phillipsburg - First Lutheran Church
Saturday, March 15th - 9:00 a.m.
Sunday, March 16th - 1:00 p.m.
Pre-register - Call Jessie Wyrill 620-767-3911

Photos - February 16th, Phillipsburg KS
Taught by Jessica Wyrill & Cindy Zimmerman

Check out the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail
"The Country Register"
Thank you, Cindy Baldwin!

Kansas Agri-Women
Nov - Dec 2013 issue
article by 
Jessie Wyrill

Upcoming Barn Quilt Events

Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail
part of exhibit
"Speaking of Quilts: Voices from the Collection and the Community"
Kansas Museum of History
6425 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka


Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail
Program & Book Signing in Manhattan
Author, "Barn Quilts and The American Quilt Trail"
Suzi will visit the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail
In Preparation for her new book.
More info:

 Cool blocks! Jessica Wyrill's new barn blocks.

Christmas gifts from her Mother, Cindy Zimmerman

Barn Blocks Are
Coming To Phillips Co.!!

Join The North Central Kansas Quilt Trail!

Contact Jessie Wyrill

Barn Quilt 101 Class

Council Grove
Sponsored by the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail
Sunday, November 10th

Check Out Barn Quilt 101 Class Photos

Sponsored by the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail
Sunday, October 6th
Ag Heritage Park

Coming . . . Another Barn Quilt 101 Class!
Sunday, October 6 - 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Ag Heritage Park, Alta Vista
Call 785-532-8393 - pre-registration required

Saturday, September 28th, 2013
Ag Heritage Park
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Show Any Size Barn Block
Also, show 8 x 10 photos of your
barn blocks on display
Co-sponsored by the
Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail
Corn Picking Events &
Alta Vista Old Settler's Day Events All Day
Questions, call 785-532-8393

Barn Quilt 101 Class

Sponsored by the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Ag Heritage Park, Alta Vista

25 barn quilt enthusiasts attended the "Barn Quilt 101" class, sponsored by the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail, on Saturday, and hosted by Ag Heritage Park. The class, taught by Sue Hageman, and assisted by Connie Larson, explained "barn block quilting," while giving the participants the opportunity to paint their own barn quilt block. From this class, 24 new 2' x 2' quilt blocks will adorn the Flint Hills countryside!
Congratulations to all those joining the barn quilt block revolution in the Flint Hills!


Barn Quilt Block Seminar

Ag Heritage Park

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Susan Kesl & Sue Hageman,
as well as Bobbi Prinz, barn quilt artists
shared samples, tips, patterns, and enjoyed sharing ideas
with 25 - 30 interested participants in Alta Vista
at Ag Heritage Park on Saturday.


Ag Heritage Park Joins The American Quilt Trail

Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail
The Barn Quilt Art Movement Has Hit The Flint Hills!

Log In To:
For the latest additions to the
Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail!

"Home Treasure" barn quilt blocks painted by Susan Kesl
displayed on main museum, Ag Heritage Park
Donated by Chase Kesl
Wabaunsee County



 Hazel Zimmerman, Ag Heritage Park Founder
Has Joined the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail!
Her blocks, Sunflower & Farmer's Daughter
are on display at the family farm in Morris County
at 1128 D Avenue, Alta Vista.

Susan Kesl's Winter Family Farm
Palmer, KS
Washington County

Taylor Farm
"Twisted Star"
Highway 13, Olsburg, KS
Pottawatomie County
Sue Hageman
"Flying Geese"
Alembic Road, South of Leonardville
Riley County

Ron & Chris Wilson's Barn Quilt
Lazy T Ranch, southeast of Manhattan on Zenadale Road
Riley County


Pioneer Bluffs
"Pioneer Star"
Chase County

Elda Jantzen's blocks ready & await spring for hanging
Kansas Star (large block)
Ohio Star, Windmill, Shoo-Fly & Eccentric
North Newton, KS
Harvey County

  City of Westmoreland, Pottawatomie County
"Star of the Night," located at the corner of Walnut St & North, Westmoreland, KS

"Farm Angel," located 407 Hwy 99, Westmoreland, KS

"Dove In The Window"
City of Westmoreland, located at 201 Main, Westmoreland KS 66549, Pottawatomie County

 "Wagon Wheel"
City of Westmoreland, located at 613 Campbell, Westmoreland, KS 66849, Pottawatomie County

"Warpole Sampler" -  Blocks are: Arrowheads - "Dagger" - Hunter's Star
Dale & Connie Larson, 620 Warpole Rd, Olsburg KS 66520, Pottawatomie County
Please call 785-532-8393 to drive in to see

Judy & Larry Sorenson
"Blazing Star" located at 547 Flag Rd, Hope KS, Dickinson County

Judy & Larry Sorenson
"Flag Star" located at 823 Hwy 4, Hope KS, Dickinson County

Quilting On The Square, Holton KS, Jackson County

Dwight & Carol Benninga
"Farmer's Daughter" located at 2244 Eisenhower Dr, Clay Center KS, Clay County

Betty L'Ecuyer
"Country Kaleidoscope" located at 301 S Mason, Morrowville, Washington County

Jere & Judy Wiechman
"Lone Star" located at 1091 Big Bear Rd, Barnes, Washington County



Wendell & Jo Ann Wilgers, 566 King Rd, Palmer, KS 66962
The block was painted by Kurt Funke.
The Wilgers have lived on the property since 1965, following their parents
and grandparents, who purchased the property around 1900. The barn was built
in 1915 as a horse and hay barn, and is used today for straw storage and cattle.

"Late Bloomers" (variation)
Pat Mitchell, 5319 N W 40th, El Dorado KS, Butler County


"Echoing Diamonds"
John & Pamela Cowley, Locust Lawn Farm, 1076 River Rd, Eureka KS 67045, Greenwood County
The block was painted by Sue Hageman.
The Cowley Farm was settled in 1869 by Pamela's Great-Grandfather.
The barn was constructed around 1915-1920, containing milking stanchions
and horse stalls, feed and grain storage, and a hay mow.
Read more Locust Lawn Farm history . . .

The Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail
Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail Application available on website

The American Quilt Trail

New Flint Hills Quilt Trail Seeks Quilt Art Enthusiasts

By Connie Larson

Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail committee member

The newly formed Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail announces the establishment of a barn quilt trail, and invites new participants to join the effort throughout the region of the Flint Hills. The “barn trails” showcase the perfect combination of farm life and quilting with the colorful painted blocks adorning various types of outbuildings. The quilt blocks will promote agritourism and pride of the Flint Hills in the 22 county region. The Kansas Flint Hills Tourism Coalition is sponsoring the Quilt Trail from the ground level, offering promotion and support, and encourages participation in the project.

The proposed quilt trail features decorative barn quilt blocks already displayed through the Flint Hills, in the rural areas, as well as in communities, and will add blocks to more closely connect the trail in the near future. The Quilt Trail committee hopes that as quilt enthusiasts become aware of the project, they will add their own quilt art to the existing trails, already forming from Chase to Washington County.

Soon barn quilt enthusiasts will be able to download information and maps from the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail website page tagged at the Kansas Flint Hills Tourism Coalition at Visitors may choose to tour all the barn quilts, or choose a shorter route while passing through the Flint Hills. Also available on the web site will be the application information for new barn quilt owners to join the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail. The barn quilts featured as part of the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail will also become part of the American Quilt Trail, seen at Most counties within the Flint Hills region also are in the process of announcing a county representative for the project and developing county website information. Interested barn quilt enthusiasts may receive more information by contacting the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail committee members, Connie Larson at, or Sue Hageman at

The Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail committee members welcome questions and ideas. School students, especially art and agriculture, 4-H members, and other youth groups and adult volunteers are encouraged to become involved in the art movement.  Extension groups and quilters groups get involved in a lot of example trails in other states. Groups may contact a Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail committee member to schedule a presentation on the barn quilt movement, if desired.

For those not already aware of this fairly new art form to the Flint Hills, barn quilts are large, colorful painted blocks, usually on wood, and most are 8-foot square. Sometimes they are 4 x 4-foot square, or even 2 x 2-foot square, depending on the size of the building they will adorn.  Some blocks are patterned after traditional quilt blocks such as “Corn and Beans,” “Variable Star,” “Sunflower,” and “Kansas Star,” just to mention a few. Many of the blocks are chosen to honor a farm’s history, or promote a product or honor a member of the family, or simply the favorite quilt block of the quilt artist.

 The American barn quilt trail movement started in Adams County, Ohio, when Donna Sue Groves desire to honor her mother, a master quilter, with a quilt square painted on their tobacco barn became a group effort that eventually grew into a county-wide project. Donna worked with the local public arts council to establish the first barn quilt trail back in 2001. Author, Suzi Parron, has researched the barn quilt movement across the United States, interviewing barn quilt artists and barn owners across the country and documents her journey, in her book “Barn Quilts and The American Quilt Trail.”

Sue Hageman, a quilter from Riley County, painted her first barn quilt after a trip to the Franklin County Quilt Tour. She learned of the Franklin County Quilt Trail from a quilt shop owner in Ottawa. Her first quilt block pattern is “Flying Geese,” since it was the very first quilt block she made when she began quilting.  Sue suggests using MDO signboard for the outdoor art. She explains it is weather resistant and water resistant. She primes the board and paints her pattern with a good quality exterior paint. Sue further explains that she does not add a topcoat sealer to the finished painting.  Some paint manufacturers have suggested not sealing the project so that if touch ups are necessary one does not have to strip that finish from the product. She also adds frames to the blocks prior to hanging, which are also painted with exterior paint. Since hanging her first barn quilt block, Sue has added a smaller block on another building on the farm located on Alembic Road, south of Leonardville. Sue shares her passion for barn quilt blocks by helping friends design and paint their own blocks. Soon these blocks will be added to the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail. Sue shares, “I am excited to be a part of the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail movement, especially in Riley County. The colorful blocks are wonderful public art, and may help rejuvenate the rural areas of the Flint Hills.” Sue and several of her quilt art friends have formed “Barn Quilts of Riley County.”

A suggestion for creating a 8 x 8-foot block may be to allow for a 3 inch border, leaving 7 1/2 x 7 ½-foot  for the block art. By using a 7 ½-inch drawing pattern of the selected block, one may use a 1-inch to 1 foot scale to transfer the pattern to wood, or other selected material.

Susan Kesl of Milford, is a passionate quilter, as well as a passionate barn block quilter-artist. She first painted a barn block for her Winter family farm in Washington County, just a mile north of Palmer, on Madison Road.  She enjoyed the project so much she quickly moved on to another project, a pair of quilt blocks, “Home Treasure” pattern, displayed at Ag Heritage Park in Alta Vista, in Wabaunsee County. Susan explains that she has made her blocks with bathroom sub floor material which is sealed and water proof, and good exterior oil base paint. Susan’s quilt blocks truly are inspiration to others to get involved in the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail.

An experienced Pottawatomie County quilter, Connie Taylor, was pleasantly surprised Christmas Day, when her daughter presented her with a barn quilt block. The beautiful block, “Twisted Star,” painted by her daughter, may be seen on a drive heading north from Manhattan on Highway 13.

An interview with Bobbi Prinz of Westmoreland, in Pottawatomie County, reveals her genuine passion for barn quilt blocks. While serving on the Westmoreland City Council a few years ago, Bobbi started a barn quilt project in the city to compliment the Oregon Trail. The city council started with a 8 x 8-foot block displayed along Highway 99, at the Oregon Trail RV Park. The town also has a smaller block, “Star of the Night,” in the Courthouse area, at the corner of Walnut Street and North, with plans for several more to be displayed in the next few months downtown. Bobbi welcomes the opportunity for Westmoreland’s quilt blocks to become part of the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail.

Another Riley County block may be seen at Ron and Chris Wilson’s Lazy T Ranch southeast of Manhattan on Zeandale Road. Chris explains, “The quilt block design is taken from a quilt that was quilted by my great-great-grandmother.” Riley County’s first barn quilt block, attached to the ranch’s historic stone and wood barn was painted by Ralph Fontenot, an art teacher at Lee Elementary School in Manhattan.

Pioneer Bluffs in Chase County, joined the American Barn Quilt Trail last summer, and partners with the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail, showcasing their block, Pioneer Star. According to Pioneer Bluff volunteers, “The barn quilt will introduce people to the rural traditions of the ranch, Pioneer Bluffs.”

The Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail maps it’s beginning with the featured blocks highlighted in this article. These barn quilt blocks feature several counties, showcasing different areas of the 22 county Flint Hills region.  As new quilt art is displayed those quilt blocks will be added to the information on the website, available for barn quilt enthusiasts to map their tours of the Flint Hills area.

For more information on the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail, and for an application, go to  The Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail has made few rules for displaying individual barn quilt blocks, noting them on the application form.  Interested quilt artists may also contact quilt trail committee members, Connie Larson at, or Sue Hageman at Also serving on the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail committee are Marcia Rozell, Tourism Sales Manager, Manhattan Convention Visitors Bureau and Abby Amick, Director, Wabaunsee County Economic Development.  Rozell and Amick, also support the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail through their involvement with The Kansas Flint Hills Tourism Coalition, promoting the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail through their website, and promotions.

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