Just in time for Christmas, the new 2012 Green County Barn Quilts Calendar is now available. The calendar features a different barn quilt for each month, as well as fun facts or trivia about the family or barn at the featured location.
The Green County Barn Quilts Committee began producing a calendar three years ago, when there were about 50quilts. The project has more than doubled in size, with this year's calendar listing 115 locations.
The quilt patterns themselves are painted on 8 x 8 foot wooden squares. Essentially a rural art installation with barns and country scenery as a backdrop, the barn quilts have played a significant role in bringing tourists to Green County.
Traditionally, some of the most common reasons for requests for visitor information were related to biking, cheese and brewery tours, lodging, and events. Now barn quilts has moved onto that list - generating thousands of requests from all over the United States for the Green County Visitor Guide and Barn Quilt Map.
"Barn quilts are a perfect fit with our area, they are an excellent companion to our other ag-tourism opportunities," says Noreen Rueckert, Green County tourism director, "this is a great project because it ties the entire county together and gets our visitors to all the communities for a true adventure in exploring the roads less traveled along the way."
Also along the way, visitors have a chance to meet and sometimes greet barn quilt owners, farmers, and farm animals. Various types of animals often end up "posing for pictures" with the barn quilt in the background. Images within the 2012 calendar include sheep, donkeys, llamas and cows.
In addition to leisure travelers, Green County Barn Quilts Committee chairs Lynn Lokken and Kris Winkler are often called on to do step-on guided tours with bus groups – in the past several years including visitors from Indiana, Ohio, South Dakota, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
The 2012 Green County Barn Quilts calendars retail for $10 and are available for sale at the following locations: das Baumhaus and Boomerang Bakery in downtown Monroe, Quilter's Compass in Monticello, and the UWEX office in the lower level of the Green County Justice Center. To have calendars shipped; contact the Green County UWEX office at 608.328.9440. For more information about the project, visit www.greencountybarnquilts.com.