Bicentennial Barn Quilt Named Outstanding Bicentennial Collaborative Project

December 2, 2016


IBF's Bicentennial Barn Quilt has been named Outstanding Bicentennial Collaborative Project by Indiana Historic Society. Congratulations to all involved! The following article appeared in the Elkhart Truth. 


NAPPANEE — A Nappanee designer and a Bremen quilter are being lauded by the Indiana Historical Society for their roles in a team that created an award-winning quilt celebrating the state’s bicentennial.

The historical society is giving the Outstanding Bicentennial Collaborative Project Award to the Indiana Barn Foundation for its Indiana Bicentennial Barn Quilt project.


The quilt features 6-inch by 6-inch squares depicting a barn from each of the state’s 92 counties. Nappanee’s Connie Kauffman designed the quilt pattern while Bremen’s Ruby Borkholder worked every day but Sundays during February finishing the quilt by hand, according to the historical society.

The quilt was sponsored by the Indiana Barn Foundation, which partnered with Indiana Landmarks and the Indiana Quilt Guild, for the project.


“It’s been a huge collaborative effort,” said Carolyn Meyer Rahe of Bourbon, who spearheaded the project. “It was such a statewide thing. It’s been a huge collaborative effort and we’re really honored that they saw that too.”  Read more-->



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