Shawano Country
Barn Quilts
A drive through Shawano Country is a lot more colorful today than it was a few years ago. That’s because more than 400 brilliant “quilt blocks,” called barn quilts, are on display on barns throughout the county. The Shawano Country barn quilt project was started by local writer/photographer Jim Leuenberger in 2010 after he had seen barn quilts in Iowa, Kentucky, Oregon and southern Wisconsin. So, in June 2010, he proposed the idea to local 4-H clubs for them to paint the quilts as a possible club service project. Since then, several clubs, barn owners, businesses and individuals have supported the project through sponsoring a quilt and/or having a quilt put on their barn. As the project gained momentum, three objectives were established:

1. To encourage the preservation of Shawano County’s historic old barns.
2. To promote tourism for Shawano Country.
3. To provide an opportunity for groups like 4-H clubs, FFA chapters and others to sponsor and paint a barn quilt as a community service project.

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Shawano Country Barn Quilt Project
The first 50 Quilts...

Project Coordinator: Jim Leuenberger
Call: 920-217-0755 or Email:

Project Administrator: Michelle Eron – Tourism Manager / Shawano Country Tourism
Call: 715-524-2139 or Email:
Photographer: Jim Leuenberger

Special thanks to: 
Raddant Electric of Shawano for putting up the barn quilts and to the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce for providing space where sponsored quilts can be painted and for promoting the project. And to the Shawano Leader and the Market Messenger for publicizing each quilt when it is put on display.