• Washington: The barn quilt capital of Iowa

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    September 29, 2017

    Driving into the countryside surrounding Washington, it is easy to see this is a community and county that values its agricultural roots.

    One particularly unique feature that helps highlight those roots is the barn quilt tour of Washington County.

    A joint project between Iowa State University Extension of Washington County and the Washington Chamber of Commerce, the tour features more than 110 barn quilts.

    The project started in 2007 with support from local community members. Professional painters, carpenters, grant writers, quilters, historians, writers, photographers, and computer technicians all served on an advisory committee, said Nancy Adrian, director of the Iowa State University Extension in Washington County.