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Wisconsin's Barn Quilt Capital

If you’ve ever driven on highway 29 between Wausau and Green Bay, you’ve driven through Shawano County. You’ve probably notice numerous barn quilts as you pass through the county. Did you know that Shawano County is considered the Wisconsin’s Barn Quilt Capital? I recently talk with the man who started it all, Jim Leuenberger. Jim brought his idea of barn quilts to Shawano county in June of 2010, after seeing barn quilts throughout Iowa, Kentucky and southern Wisconsin. He first presented his idea to local 4H clubs as a way for them to do something for the community. But little did he know that within two years he would help to create over 150 different barn quilts.

Barn Quilts add new life to older, sometimes unused, barns. Photo Credit: Jim Leuenberger

The project has grown to over 350 and counting. Jim and his wife volunteer their time creating these beautiful works of art that help attract people from all over the United States to Shawano county. It’s truly a labor of love and Jim shares his story with me on this week’s podcast.

Winter is a great time to add a little color to your season. Photo Credit: Jim Leuenberger

For More Information Visit the Shawano County Chamber of Commerce -

Order a copy of Jim’s book, “The Barn Quilts of Shawano County Wisconsin” -

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