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Bureau County quilts — square by square

PRINCETON — Rain didn’t stop the barn quilt raising at the home of Kathy Costerisan and Tim Bauer east of Princeton on Saturday.

There were more than 70 people in attendance for the program presented by Valerie Jensen of the Barn Quilts of Bureau County group. They learned about the history of the barn quilt movement and how to go about having one installed on their barns. Following the short program, the 6-foot square Double Wedding Ring designed quilt was installed on the barn.

Installing the barn quilt were Tim Bauer, Nick Bouslog, Stephen Bissonette, Mark Schultz and Troy Bauer. There are now more than two dozen barn quilts installed around Bureau County with several more in the planning or finishing stages.

Most of the barn quilts around the county are painted on a special sheet of plywood with several coats of exterior latex paint. Corn Belt Energy has volunteered the use of their trucks and crew to install quilts on the peaks of some of the taller barns in the county.

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