Creative placemaking in Iowa

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Placemaking is a deliberate technique to affect a community for the betterment of the community.

Placemaking tools can be a set of complex strategies or it can be as simple as barn quilts, which is nothing more than a simple act of expression.

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Washington County, Iowa completely celebrates the barn quilt tradition.  Barn quilts highlight agricultural architecture, promote agri-tourism and create a proud sense of community.

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"Barbershop Baskets"- Mr. and Mrs. Ed Shebek, Kalona, IA

A barn quilt is two 4'x8' pieces of plywood and the final pattern is completely up to the barn owner.  It is typically a large geometric design that uses block elements.

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"Goosetracks" - Perry Miller family, Kalona, IA

Once you begin to notice the barn quilts, you begin to anticipate seeing them.

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"Starstruck Geese" - Bruce Guy, Brighton, IA

This was a particular favorite.  It seemed very appropriate for the setting.

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"Lady of the Lake"- Lynn and Craig Wright, Brighton, IA

Not all of the barns are in pristine condition, but every barn appears to be well maintained.

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"Lotus"

This barn quilt used an especially attractive color scheme.