Barn Quilts of Carroll County Illinois
WHAT IS YOUR BARN QUILT STORY
“The American Quilt Trail Movement” is credited to Donna Sue Groves. Much of the information gathered here is from excerpts of the book entitled “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement” written by Suzi Parron with Donna Sue Groves.
Carroll County, Illinois is very pleased to announce our participation in this movement. Our “Trail” has been organized by the Carroll County Hotel / Motel Tax Board.
The first official quilt trail began in 2001 in Adams County, Ohio. Donna Sue Groves wanted to honor her mother, Maxine, a noted quilter, with a painted quilt square on the family’s tobacco barn in Manchester, Ohio. Although many believe that the Groves farm is home to the first barn quilt, it is not the case. The first barn quilt was an “Ohio Star” which was unveiled as part of a community celebration at a nearby herb farm. The Groves farm later became part of a trail of 20 “Barn Quilts” that formed a driving trail through Adams County. Although an emerging concept, a U.S. National Quilt Trail has rapidly spread across Ohio to Iowa, Kentucky, Kansas, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Texas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Colorado, South Dakota, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Oregon. Carroll County, Illinois is very proud to participate in this trail. British Columbia, Canada has developed a trail, and barn quilts also exist in Ontario, Canada.
There are many places on-line that you can order pre-made “Barn Quilts” or you can find complete directions on-line for making your own. On our Facebook page “Barn Quilts of Carroll County Illinois” you can also find a list of people in Carroll County who will make them for other people.
Barn quilts enhance the beauty of the countryside and are enjoyed by those who pass by. Carroll County is very fortunate to have many “Barn Quilts” already in existence throughout its countryside. Mt. Carroll resident Vivian Curley, over the last couple years has compiled information on many of the existing “Barn Quilts” in our area and we are working to compile our trail from the start of this list. We certainly would like to see “Barn Quilt Fever” continue to grow in Carroll County. Our end goal, is to promote agri-tourism and attract visitors to our rural community.
Please visit our Facebook page to see our listings of photos and information on the Carroll County Barn Quilt Trail. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/barnquiltsofcarrollcountyillinois Albums have started for each town in Carroll County and also albums for barn quilts in surrounding areas in close proximity of Carroll County.
A preliminary list has been compiled and has been published on our website and can be viewed on this page http://www.visitcarrollcountyil.com/barn-quilt-trail It is our sincere desire to verify the information we have, gather more information, and compile a more complete list. Once this task has been completed, we intend to utilize the collected information in our promotional, advertising, and marketing materials for Carroll County
Here are some things that you can do to help us complete the Carroll County Barn Quilt Trail.
- If your barn quilt is currently listed but you prefer not to participate or wish that your information not be published, simply contact us and your information will be promptly removed from our list.
- If you currently have a barn quilt and your information is listed correctly, please contact us and let us know all is okay.
- If you currently have a barn quilt but your information is not listed, please contact us with all of your information and we will come and take a photo of your barn quilt and it will be added to the list. Be certain to include the address and any other information that may assist visitors in finding the specific location.
- If you do not currently have a barn quilt but would like to participate in the “Carroll County Barn Quilt Trail”, please send us all your information and let us know when we can come and take a photo of it.
We would also like to feature the history of any of the barn quilts that are placed on historic old barns or out buildings. By answering the questions below, it will enable us to help visitors learn of the rich heritage Carroll County has to offer.
- How long has the property been in the family?
- Who purchased the property and when?
- When was the barn constructed?
- What materials were used in its construction?
- Was the architecture determined by the function of the barn?
- What was its original function?
- What function does it presently serve?
- What is the name or origin of the quilt pattern?
- What is the significance or symbology of the quilt pattern?
If you or anyone you know would like to share your barn quilt story with us, please contact Connie Zink at 815-565-0024 or message us through our Facebook page.
Carroll County Barn Quilt Trail (Please Click On The First Photo In Each Album To View Full Screen)
Chadwick Barn Quilts
Lanark Barn Quilts
Mount Carroll Barn Quilts
Savanna Barn Quilts
Savanna’s Festival of Trees
December 6, 2014 – December 14, 2014
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
It’s a Wonderful Life as sponsors from Savanna and surroundings communities show their Holiday spirit. Fifty lighted Christmas trees are delightfully decorated by local businesses, organizations and individuals in a competition for the Best Tree. Beneath each tree are gift items worth $25 to $400 as Raffle prizes to benefit the Savanna Museum & Cultural project. Visitors submit their votes for the Best Tree. Special Festival Events will entertain children and families. Stay and watch nostalgic Christmas movie classics that run throughout the Festival. Donations are appreciated and help the Savanna Historical Society NFP open the Savanna Museum & Cultural Center on a permanent basis.
Hours are Sat & Sun noon to 6pm and weekdays 4-7 pm. The Savanna Historical Museum is located at 406 Main Street in downtown Savanna.
Mount Carroll Christmas Walk & Tour of Homes
December 6, 2014
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Dickens characters will stroll about downtown Mt Carroll and old-fashioned horse drawn wagons will take you back in time along our brick streets. Take time to check the unique shops & restaurants. Plan to spend the evening and experience a variety of live musical entertainment at our eateries & pubs.
Savanna’s Annual Christmas Walk
November 28, 2014
We’re making a list and checking it twice. Not ready to share but it’s gonna be nice. Santa Claus is coming to our little town featuring authentic small-town hospitality, shopping, dining, entertainment, and more! Be certain to invite your friends and family!
“2014 Hometown Christmas”
Friday, Nov. 21 st & Saturday, Nov. 22 nd
Hometown Christmas Traditional Events
- Shannon Lions Chili & Soup Supper – At the Fire Station, Friday 4:30pm–7pm
- Visit with Santa and Live Reindeer – At the Fire Station, Friday 5pm-7pm
- Kids Create an ornament to hang on the Community Christmas Tree – At the Fire Station, Friday 4:30pm-7pm
- Lighting of the Community Christmas Tree – In the Park, Friday 7:30
- Lighted Christmas Parade – Friday 7:45pm (rain date – Nov. 22 nd ) Start at EMS (west), past the park to South Street, to Linn, to Bradshaw, to Hickory, back to EMS
- Hot Chocolate & Cookies – In the Park before & during the Parade
Homes & Crafters
- Blarney Stone Popcorn & Gifts – 2 W. Market. – 20+ flavors of popcorn, coffees, Keurig single serve. Galena Canning Co. items, napkins on sale. Many great gifts. Fri. 9am–8pm, Sat. 9am–6pm
- The Shannon Café – 29 E. Market – Daily specials, home style cooking, soups, salads & desserts. Sunday smorgasbord (last Sunday of month) Café hours-Tues-Thurs 6am-9pm Sun 7am-2pm
- Family Tree Creations – 409 S. Walnut. Primitive, folk art, wreaths, Felted wool mittens, crocheted kids hats, snowmen, fall Fri. 9am–5:00pm, Sat. 9am–3pm
- Christmas at Cindy’s – 209 S. Chestnut. Hand painted items, decorated trees, photo cards, sewn creations. Bake shop featuring cinnamon rolls, cookies, specialty breads. Fri. 8:30am–6pm, Sat. 8:30am–2pm
- Christmas Gatherings – 201 S. Hickory (Wesley Chapel). Marge’s peanut brittle, cookies, candies. Lynn’s handmade crafts, appliqued towels, table runners, Nola’s pies, fudge, divinity, cutout cookies Fri. 9am–5pm, Sat. 9am–2pm
- Christmas in the Village – 501 S Walnut – Amy’s Fascinators & Pins, Rachel’s Pen & Ink Plates & Birchwood Snowmen, candles, bath & body, handmade purses, decorated wreaths & trees, Inspired Whimsically Fri.9am-5pm Sat.9am-2pm
- Dollinger Tree Farm – 23882 Payne Rd. – Gift shop, Tree trims, Order wreath & cemetery decorations, Christmas trees. Door prizes. Complementary Enticements hot cider and treats Fri. & Sat. 8am–5pm
- Trailside General Store & Gifts – 2 mi. West of Rt. 72 & Rt. 73 on Zier Rd. – Enjoy a Cappuccino, save with our $5 lunch specials, 25% off all holiday trim & décor. Fri. & Sat. 6:30 am–9 pm
- Silver Moon Winery -21305 Zier Rd. Wine, accessories, imported olive oils & balsamic vinegars. Sat 12-5pm, Sunday 12pm–3pm (Sat & Sun apply through December 14 th No Friday’s) www.silvermoonwineryinc.com
- Holiday Celebration with the Pannkuk’s – 210 S Chestnut- Unique solar light designs, homemade goodies and NEW this year- Pallet Art. A must stop location. Fri. 8am-5pm Sat. 8am-3pm
- Je’Rod’s Bar&Grill – Stop in try our delicious burgers, Our customers say they are the best around Fri/Sat11am-10pm
- Hot Chocolate House – 317 Sunrise Drive – Christmas crafts, baked goods, pies ,cookies, breads & cinnamon rolls Fri 8-5pm Sat. 8-3pm
- Noordhoff’s Nook – 302 E Sunrise Drive – Celebrate a handmade holiday! Decorative wine bottles, wood crafts, homemade egg noodles, baked goods, cookies in a jar, crocheted dish clothes, & more! Fri 8:30-6:30pm/Sat 8:30-3pm
- 2 Ol Putzers – 201 S. Hickory (Wesley Chapel) – Hand painted items, ornaments, wood firemen. Fisherman, decorated gift bags. Fri. 9am–5pm, Sat. 9am–2pm
- Wirtjes Agency – 106 W Market – Christmas at the Office: Baked goods, homemade jelly, Handmade candles, unique gifts, lotions, and much more!! Many gifts ideas under $20 Fri. 9-5pm Sat. 9-3pm
- Shear Elegance & Mary Kay – 118 E Division – Mary Kay, gifts & gift ideas, Visit our salon & sample our products. Don’t forget to register to win a facial or pedicure. Fri- 9-6pm Sat. 9-3pm
- Shannon Fire Station – 14 S Hickory – over 20 Crafters all in the same location. Hours: Fri 9am-7pm & Sat 9am-3pm.
1. L-BRI by Vickie Beyer – Natural Aloe Vera based skin care- health and wellness products
2. Crafts by Bonnie Miles – Purses, aprons, table mats, quilts, pillow cases, potholders for bowls, other textiles
3. Crafts by Beverly Hayunga – Crotchet towels and other Christmas items, solar lights, shelving, and wall hangers.
4. Creatively Yours – Ruth Fagan & Diane VanRaden Bake goods, Christmas Crafts, Homemade Candy, honey, homemade jams, fleece baby blankets
5. Mary Kay – Jeannette Murray – Skin Care packed with multiple benefits. Special offers you don’t want to miss.
6. Pretty Stitches – Brett & Elayne Sivertsen- Custom apparel, gift decoration, custom made shirts for Eastland
7. Bake goods by Jackie Brown – baked items, breads, cookies, coffee cakes, crafts
8. Scentsy – Sherry Burke- Fragrance a safe way to scent your environment.
9. Crafts by Dee – Table runners, placemats, lots of crafts and seasonal items
10. Vera Adams – Handmade Bibs, towels, dish rags
11. Candy’s Crafts & More – Candy Curran Assorted crafts
12. Bonnie’s Brittles – Various types of brittles made extra thin. Spanish peanut, pecan, homemade cashew, black walnut, phopsuey.
13. Eastland Cheerleaders – Face painting, Eastland & EPC Apparel
14. Jewelry & Crafts by Dorie, Norm & Ardith – Hand-cut stones, Handmade jewelry, crafts, cinnamon rolls
15. FAB JC with Inspired Creations – hand woven jewelry
16. Cindy’s Crocheted Creations – Character hats, infinity scarfs, Brim hats, boot cuff, collar scarfs, headbands
17. Crafts by Diane – Plastic canvas, crochet scarfs and other crafts
18. D’z Treats & Cards by Mary – Mixers in jars-handmade goodies, handmade greeting cards
19. Beads by Bonnie – Unique items made with beads and safety pins
20. Body works by Brenda – Brenda Moll- Chair Massages
21. Izzy Rose Boutique – American Girl doll clothes, children’s aprons, Upcycled mittens, etc. Bags all handmade
22. Alpca It Up-Kelly Miller – Socks, hats, gloves, items to warm you!
23. Dee’s Delights – Jams and Salsa’s
Jackie Brown & Family will be serving lunch at the fire station 11am-2pm.
Shannon Chamber of Commerce 150 yr. Shannon Memorabilia books- Special Pricing. Available @ Eastland Cheerleaders Booth@ Fire Station/ Blarney Stone/ First State Bank Shannon
An open house is planned at the Northwestern Illinois Model Train Club for Saturday Nov 15 and Sunday Nov 16, from 10 AM to 4PM at their facility located at 101 Main Street, Chadwick. They will have an “N” scale running on the main floor and “HO” scale running in the basement.
The Club was formed in January 2003 with an empty basement and 16 members. The club now has 27 members, and two different size working layouts. The “HO” scale layout has 3 levels covering the entire 30’ x 60’ basement. The 30’ x 14’ “N” scale running on DCC and DC has a yard and bridges that takes up half of the main floor. Make sure you bring your camera. We also have the busy BNSF right across the street.
The club would like to take this opportunity to show the model train layouts to the public. Enjoy your visit and make sure to sign our guest book. We are always welcoming new members to join and share their interest in trains. We are also looking for N-scale modelers to join our membership willing work on and run the N-scale layout that is already built. You can also join us on Facebook, just search for Northwestern Illinois Model Railroad Club.
To have your name added to the club’s mailing list or for more information on this event send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can also call Duane Imel 815-684-5216 evenings.
Shops Open 9AM to 5PM, unless otherwise noted.
Participating Shops: 6
1. Dollinger Christmas Tree Farm
23882 Payne Rd
Christmas gift shop featuring locally made tree trims, potholders, aprons, vintage Christmas corner, all sizes and styles of evergreen wreaths and country decorations. Support the made local program. Complimentary enticements to ward off the chill.
2. End of the Road
308 S. East Lanark Ave
Antiques, gifts, collectibles, furniture, Mercantile, primitives and prairie arrangements in the cottage at the end of the road. We reclaim, remake, refurbish, buy and sell. Hours: March-December OPEN daily 9-5, January/February OPEN Friday and Saturday only.
3. Picket Fence
407 E. Franklin
Large carriage house shop brimming with handmade décor and gifts by several talented artisans. Stunningly decorated trees, snowmen, inspirational wall art, lighted arrangements, fabric crafts and more. See our photos on Facebook!
4. The Hollow Fencepost
124 E. Carroll St
Antiques, barnwood furniture, home accessories and décor, linens, holiday decorations, Longaberger, embroidered towels and linens with custom possibilities. Handmade baby items. Premier jewelry.
5. The Special Touch/Unique Mall
504 W. Illinois Rt 64
Holiday silk decorations, fresh flowers for all events, Willow Tree angels, Rowe pottery, candles, gift items for all, and in the mall items from local crafters as well as some antiques. Door prizes and refreshments.
6. Twice-Sold Tales
Unique Mall, 504 Il Rt 64
Browse thousands of gently used books by favorite authors in all categories, priced from 10 cents to $5.00, with most hardbacks $1.00 and paperbacks 50 cents or 3 for $1.00. Proceeds support the Lanark Public Library.
For more information about Lanark visit: www.lanarkil.com
Mount Carroll, Illinois
Participating Shops: 8
1. Charlotte Arvelle Glass
118 W Market St
Working glass studio that features award-winning kiln fired glass by Charlotte Behrens along with a collection of other fine American craft.
2. Country Girl Boutique
902 S Jackson St (Rt 64)
Men’s and women’s clothing, boots, accessories, décor and much more. We’re not your every day boutique.
4. Flower Fan-A-See
904 S. Clay St.
Fresh and silk flowers, candles, plants and lots of gifts and seasonal décor. Find us on the corner of Rt 78 and 64 at the four way stop.
5. Ideas n’ Designs Antiques
116 W Market St
A his and hers compatible shopping experience! Antiques, car museum, Mad Hatter Tea Room, wholesale designer fabric, vintage clothing, Victorian library, much more! Meet the Mad Hatter, and remember to: “Trust your crazy Ideas!”
6. Land of Oz Craft Mall
Land of Oz Craft Mall on Rt 64, featuring “there’s no place like home” accents for every room, seasonal wall and primitive wood décor, quilts mixed with vintage, collectables, candles, jewelry, Christmas Corner Cider Donuts
7. Prairie Path Sampler
1002 Lowden Rd
Wide assortment of quilted wall hangings, table runners, sweat-shirts, wood benches and chairs.
8. Zenga’s@Imaginarium Now and Zen gallery
108 W Market St
Vintage meets urban funk. Unique art, unique style, uniquely you. Paintings, jewelry, clothing and accessories. An eclectic mix of original artists from the local community.
For more information about Mt. Carroll visit: www.mtcarrollil.org
Participating Shops: 5
1. Land of Oz Dolls
1723 Portland Ave
Open November 14 and 15 only. Museum quality antique reproduction and modern porcelain dolls, doll supplies and seasonal gift items.
2. River Valley Designs
218 Main St
Along with fresh flowers and plants, River Valley is furnished with three floors of home décor, gifts, and novelty items. 20% off all fall décor during the Shop Hop. Stop and enter for door prizes.
3. Sassy Stems
700 Main St
Home décor, jewelry, flowers, purses and a secret sale.
4. Savanna Market Place
321 Main St
Locally handcrafted goods from Carroll and Jo Davis counties. We feature art, jewelry, woodworking, home décor, soaps, lotions, candles and much more. Serving locally roasted coffee and espresso. A uniquely Illinois store.
5. Savanna Woman’s Club Craft Show
November 8 Only
2215 Wacker Rd
Savanna Woman’s club Gift and Craft Fair, 9 am to 3 pm, Nov. 8. only. $1.00 admission, over 60 crafters, food available for purchase. Proceeds go to community projects.
Participating Shops: 5
1. River Huis Traders Antiques
1105 4 th St
Carefully chosen antiques. Large selection of Dutch items. Sculptures and paintings.
2. Susan’s Calico Creations
1108 4 th St
We sell cotton fabrics for quilting. We also sell books, patterns and notions for quilting.
3. Timber Lane Christmas Tree Farm / TLC Country Store
7250 Garden Plain Rd
Handmade products from over 50 crafters. Baby items, toys, 18” doll clothes, towels, purses, scarves, fall and Christmas décor, wall hangings, plaques, books and puzzles, all at great low prices. Salsas, jams, beets and relish. To TLC Country Store. Take Hwy 136 for 1.9 miles to Frog Pond Rd. Travel 4 miles on Frog Pond Road and turn left onto Garden Plain Rd.
4. Windmill Cultural Center
111 10 th Ave
The Windmill Cultural Center has Dutch chocolate, licorice, cookies, coffee, teas, Delft porcelain, European cookbooks, children’s books, dictionaries, Fulton souvenirs, and stone ground flour from the de Immigrant Windmill.
5. Words of Wisdom Christian Books and Gifts
1021 4 th St
Christian fiction and nonfiction books, Bibles, Bible covers, jewelry, CDs, DVDs, cards, home décor, gifts for all occasions including new baby, baptism, first communion, confirmation, wedding and anniversary.
For more information about Fulton visit: www.cityoffulton.us
A. Brothers Restaurant
103 E Rt 64
Family Style Restaurant. Open 6 am to 9 pm. Great Food! Fresh Daily Specials.
B. The Crooked Roof
109 E Carroll St
The Crooked Roof offers amazing handmade pizza, char-grilled burgers, unique specials and a full bar. Stop in for a bite or stay for fun. We have music on the weekends and beer garden available.
C. Market Street Commons
320 N Main
Coffee, sandwiches, ice cream, bakery, hot dogs, cotton candy.
D. Café Crumbles
411 Main St
Open 6 days a week, Tuesday-Sunday, 7 am to 2 pm. Serving breakfast and lunch, gourmet coffees, frappe, smoothies and variety of muffins. Daily specials and homemade soups.
E. Krumpets Bakery Café
1016 4 th St
Full service restaurant and coffee bar. Homemade soups, daily specials, breads, pastries and desserts. Several homemade pies made fresh daily. Extensive breakfast and dinner menu.
Mount Carroll’s downtown will turn into the pumpkin capital of northwest Illinois on Saturday, October 25, during the Mount Carroll Pumpkin Fest.
Organized by the Chamber of Commerce, the event will offer a variety of family-friendly activities which kick off at 8 a.m. with the Farmer’s Market.
Starting at 10 a.m., a variety of food vendors will be on hand offering fall favorites such as caramel apples and an assortment of pumpkin goodies.
Pumpkin artists of all ages are encouraged to enter the pumpkin decorating contest and entries will be on display next to the sidewalk on the courthouse lawn all day.
Participants can register their pumpkin works of art at the Chamber Information Tent starting at 10 a.m. where visitors can also get a ballot to vote for the prize winners, which will be announced at 4 p.m.
Love to dress up your pet? Bring your furry friend to the courthouse lawn at 11 a.m. for the ‘Great PUPkin Mutt Strut’ pet costume contest sponsored by the Mount Carroll Veterinary Clinic. All pets in costume are welcome but must remain leashed.
From noon to 4 p.m. the old burning grounds at the bottom of West Market Street becomes a target range for the Pumpkin Sling Shot competition where participants can test their strength and see how far they can shoot pumpkins of various sizes using the 3-person sling shot.
Starting at 12:30 p.m., kid-friendly Halloween stories will be featured at the Mount Carroll Public Library as they host a Halloween Story Hour for children ages 4-8.
The fun continues at 2 p.m. during the 3rd Annual Great Pumpkin Street Drags sponsored by Kunes Country Auto Group.
Cash prizes are awarded in five different competition brackets where real pumpkins, fashioned into racing machines, speed down Rapp Street next to City Hall.
Pumpkins are mounted on any kind of chassis or have wheels on independent axles and participants are encouraged to be creative because prizes are also awarded for Best Decoration and Most Innovative Design.
Sign-up for the Great Pumpkin races starts at 1 p.m. at the registration table in front of City Hall.
At 2:30 p.m. the Mount Carroll Bowling Center carries the “everything pumpkin” theme even further as they offer their version of pumpkin bowling on the street directly in front of the Bowling Center.
In between enjoying the many activities, visitors are encouraged to stroll around the downtown and check out the decorated lampposts and then stop at the Chamber Information Tent to vote for their favorite, with the winner announced after Oct 31.
All day the Mount Carroll Foundation Pumpkin Family will take up residence in the Chamber tent where for $1 or seven chances for $5 you can enter the contest to guess the total weight of the Pumpkin Family. The winner of the $100 grand prize will be announced at 4 p.m.
After enjoying dinner at one of Mount Carroll’s eateries, finish off the day at “A Night at the Cemetery” by taking the Mount Carroll Historic Cemetery Tour.
The wagon starts loading in the parking lot behind the Mount Carroll Pharmacy at 5:45 p.m. and a $5 ticket can be purchased at Riverview Antiques/Tina’s Ice Cream Shoppe.
This tour of Oak Hill Cemetery tells the stories of some of Mount Carroll’s most colorful characters and historic figures and will be narrated by local historian and Mayor of Mayfest, Wayne Brooks.
Looking for something scarier? Raven’s Grin Inn, the well-known year-round haunted house, is at its peak this time of year and offers the best in Halloween fun.
For more information on any of the events going on during Mount Carroll Pumpkin Fest, go to the Mount Carroll Chamber website, www.mtcarrollil.org, or call event chair Diane Bausman at 815-275-4868.
Download Pumpkin Fest Schedule of Events Here!