Barn Quilt Tours of Carver County MN

Tour with us as we travel across the beautiful countryside of Carver County, MN exploring the open-air art gallery of Barn Quilts!

Welcome to Barn Quilt Tours of Carver County, MN. The Barn Quilts of Carver County project was started in 2011. To date, 25 quilt blocks have been installed. Barn quilts are 2 pieces of 4'x8' plywood painted and framed. Patterns are chosen for their color and design, but most often reflect family heritage or a family heirloom quilt. Framed and ready to mount, each quilt block weighs approximately 250 pounds. As community service, Minnesota Valley Electric Co-op donated the man power and equipment. Tour with us as we explore the beautiful countryside of Carver County, MN. In the comfort of a coach bus, learn local history and vignettes about the farms, barn owners and their barn quilt patterns. My guided tours divide Carver County's quilt trail into three different adventures - including stops at local wineries, breweries, orchards and an organic farmer's market.

Check out Ruby's Roost bakery & coffee shop, in Victoria, MN! My tours have & will continue to stop here - join us! The Arts Consortium of Carver County will soon be located in the same building - lower level. More to see and do on the tours!

More new baby llamas born at Carlson's Llovable Llamas. Take your family, your kids, your grand kids. It's hard to leave once you are there - they are too llovable!
(Barn Quilt Tours stop at the llama farm as well. Join us!)
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Spring is in the air and so are baby llamas! Our tour today included a stop at Carlson's Llovable Llamas. Rick Carlson and a few 4H students shared a lot of interesting information. Did you know mother llamas choose the day of the week to have their babies? No babies born during the blizzard! Who knew? Join us on these great tours!

[04/19/18]   Today’s tour group is enjoying a tour of ENKI Brewing in Victoria. Great place to stop!

Courtney Miller Bellairs Artist

A great artist in our midst!

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[04/16/18]   Forget the snow - come tour with us! My client, Community Club Tours has the following tour with me this Thursday, April 19th. We have a few spots left! Contact Chuck Thiel at 320-395-2746 (landline) or 320-224-3462 (cell)

Barn Quilt Art, Beer & Spirits Tour
Thursday, April 19
Barn Quilts IV has been tweaked, and I think you’ll enjoy the changes. Join us as we explore Carver County, home to one of the largest open-air galleries of Art and Barn Quilts. Quilt patterns, drawn to scale and painted on wooden panels, are Barn Quilts which are hung on the exterior walls of historic barns and structures. We’ll visit various farm sites and barn quilts, as well as stops at Enki Brewery in Victoria and the J. Carver Distillery in Waconia for tours and tastings. Learn how the Distillery ties local county heritage together by naming one of their distilled gins (Grimm Gin), after Wendelin Grimm, a German-American farmer renowned for developing winter alfalfa, and whose original Carver County farm is often called the birthplace of the Dairy Belt. A Barn Quilt now resides at the farmstead of a fifth-generation Grimm descendent and is included in our Barn Quilt tour. Are you an Art Lover? History Buff? Beer & Spirits Foodie? Join us to experience all of this and more with Carver County’s unique hospitality! Lunch is included at the Victoria House. Please see options below and include your choice with registration. $75 pp Cokato 8:15 AM-5:30 PM Howard Lake 8:30 AM-5:15 PM Winsted 8:45 AM-5:00 PM Lester Prairie 9:00 AM-4:45 PM Plato 9:15 AM-4:30 PM NYA 9:30 AM-4:10 PM
Lunch choices: #1 Chef Salad #2 Chef Salad minus meat for Vegetarian option #3 Turkey Club sandwich with fries #4 Tuna Melt sandwich with fries #5 Classic Grilled Chicken sandwich with fries

Pictures of my tour this week - the Women's Group from the MN Historical Society, enjoying lunch at Lola's Lake House in Waconia, MN. Such a nice day compared to this blizzard!

University of Minnesota Ag Awareness

Many of my tours stop at the Carlson Llovable Llama Farm in Waconia! If you haven't been there - it's a must!

Meet Rick and Zorro the llama at Ag Awareness day until 3 today at Northrop Plaza! Carlson's Llovable Llamas

[04/11/18]   Today was the first tour of the 2018 season! My guests were the Women's Group from the MN Historical Society - St. Paul - amazing people! Fellow art, history and education enthusiasts! One of the coordinators is an artist and took my farm picture from my website and painted a watercolor for me and presented it as a gift! Such wonderful interesting people I will be staying in touch with!
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Today’s speaking engagement was at the Minnetonka Community Center and included one of our new added features- an art activity. We take our tours “off the road” and into clubs, classrooms and centers. Looking for a new speaker or activity? Consider us today!
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Gave a speaking engagement to the members of the Buffalo Lake-New Auburn Mutual Insurance Company today. Nearly 100 people in attendance! Loved the level of interest and engagement! (Especially enjoyed the majority of questions coming from the men). BQTs is growing!

Our Floral Garden Tour on July 25th is sold out! We will be announcing a 2nd Floral Garden Tour soon with a complete new set of gardens. Watch for details! Barn Quilt Tours is expanding and diversifying!

Attending the Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference! Keynote Speaker- Professor Jonah Berge, Marketing Professor, Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania. Topic - Contagious? Why Things Catch On.

Word of Mouth is the best referral. Absolutely true for the Barn Quilt Tours. Thank you to all my tour guests who have referred and recommend my tours! Appreciate it!

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Floral Garden Tour | Barn Quilts of Carver County MN

I am excited to partner with Donna Frantz, "At The Farm", for a summer Floral Garden Tour! Read all about it!

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Barns. Barn Quilts. | Barn Quilts of Carver County MN

Hi - I wrote my 1st official blog this week. Check out the article!

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barnquiltsofcarvercountymn.com The "Barn" an historic arena at the University of Minnesota was 90 years old yesterday. Carver County has historic barn. Many have barn quilts and are on the Barn Quilt Trail.

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Newsletters 2018 | At The Farm

Thinking Spring - a new adventure for this Summer! I'm excited to partner with Donna Frantz, from "At The Farm" and host a floral garden tour this summer. See her newsletter below:

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Watch for more details on the Barn Quilt Tour website - coming soon!
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Barn Quilt Trail | Barn Quilts of Carver County MN

Follow our Barn Quilts of Carver County MN journey. Share with others! If you are visiting MN for the Super Bowl - Welcome!

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barnquiltsofcarvercountymn.com Carver County's barn quilt trail, route for 3 trumpeter swan heading west. Carver County is approximately 25 miles southwest of the Twin Cities - a safe distance away from Super Bowl mania.

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At the Farm | Produce Farmer's Market | Open June-October in Waconia MN

Have you ever been to "At The Farm" in Waconia, MN? Join me - nearly all my tours stop there! Meet Donna Frantz, the owner, farmer and author. "At The Farm" is an organic farmer's market, antique business and so much more. Donna "WOWS" my guests with her fresh produce, beautiful displays, stories and home town hospitality. Read her latest newsletter and sign up for more:
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ArtStock Art and Wine Festival

Mark your calendars - Art Stock 2018!

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New 2018 Barn Quilt Tours Carver County MN | Barn Quilts Carver County

Barn Quilts of Carver County MN is pleased to bring our tour guests and friends "News and Updates". Watch for our blog posts for new and updated information.

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Barn Quilt Tours of Carver County : Explore Minnesota

Are you planning activities and tours for 2018? Barn Quilt Tours of Carver County, MN is now posted on Explore Minnesota! Join us in 2018!

exploreminnesota.com Join us on a day tour as we explore Carver County, Minnesota, home to one of the largest open-air galleries of art and barn quilts! Made for barns, not beds, “barn quilts” are quilt patterns, drawn to scale and painted on wooden panels that are hung on exterior walls of historic barns.

Love sharing Carver County's Art, History and beautiful country side with others. Today's tour guests were a Community Education Group from Minneapolis. Barn Quilt Tours on a beautiful fall day!

I had an exceptionally great tour today with a group of women from the Recess Club! They joined me from various locations east of Waconia. We started at the Carver County Fair Grounds; enjoyed lunch at Lola's Lakehouse on beautiful Lake Waconia, overlooking Coney Island, and enjoyed wine tasting and shopping at Deardorff Orchards and Parley Lake Winery. Our final stop of the day was at "At the Farm", Farmer's Market and Antique Shop. Feel blessed to have spent a day with such a wonderful group!

I had an exceptionally great tour today with a group of women from the Recess Club! They joined me from various locations east of Waconia. We started at the Carver County Fair Grounds; enjoyed lunch at Lola's Lakehouse on beautiful Lake Waconia, overlooking Coney Island, and enjoyed wine tasting and shopping at Deardorff Orchards and Parley Lake Winery. Our final stop of the day was at "At the Farm", Farmer's Market and Antique Shop. Feel blessed to have spent a day with such a wonderful group!

My new magnetic car door signs. Helps my tour guests spot me when we meet for Barn Quilt Tours. Spent another great day with a group of ladies in my first "open registration tour". More to come next season.

[10/10/17]   Had a great time today with my friends from Delano Senior Center and conducting a speaking engagement on the Barn Quilts of Carver County, MN. Saw a number of ladies who have toured with be before. PS- congrats on the notable center and senior involvement - impressive!

Had a great tour today with the River Valley Quilters of Woodbury! We enjoyed box lunches and wine at Deardorff Orchards & Parley Lake Winery. Had a great stop at "At The Farm" Farmer's Market, followed by a stop at the Quilting Grounds Quilt Store in Norwood Young America. Super day with super women!

Had a great Barn Quilt Tour yesterday with long time friends! Celebrated a 60th Birthday on the tour as well. A rainbow was watching over us as we left my farm/barn. Am sure Eugene was watching over us and approved!

Awesome wineries in Carver County! We showed off our Barn Quilt tattoos while enjoying our wine at Parley Lake Winery.

The majority of today's tour was at the Arboretum. The group took Tram rides, visited the Red Research Barn, with the Barn Quilt on it, and toured the Bee & Pollinator Discovery Center. If you haven't visited the Center yet -you should - you won't "bee" disappointed! Ended the day with a visit to the Apple House.

[08/03/17]   Banner Barn Quilt day! A tour and a speaking engagement in one day. Whew! Such wonderful guests!

A new favorite stop on one of my tour routes - is the Carlson Llama Farm in Waconia. This has now become one of my absolute favorites! Rick Carlson's work with the 4-Kids and llamas is incredible. Besides Ollie my dog - they are my new favorite animal!

[07/31/17]   Barn Quilt Tours, LLC has their first official out of state client. (While we have many out of state visitors - this is my first out of state client for my tour business). Looking forward to a group from Wisconsin joining me this fall! Tour on!

[07/24/17]   All because of a Barn Quilt - recently I met an elderly woman on one of my tours. After learning my maiden name (Willems), she thought we had a family tree connection. She shares the love of genealogy, as I do. I have been helping her find "the missing piece" in her puzzle. I talked to her again today. Loved her words, "And all of this because I took a Barn Quilt tour. I prayed I would find some answers and then I met you". The puzzle isn't solved quite yet, but we're working on it and I now have another amazing friend in my life. All because of a Barn Quilt....

Pictures from the unveiling of 3 new quilts in Morris, MN, where I was asked to be a guest speaker, along with Barb Hone, the author of Barn Quilts of Carver County, MN.
Barn Quilts make people happy!

Visit us at ArtStock this weekend at Parley Lake Winery & Deardorff Orchards. I'll be doing mini-barn quilt tours as part of the art and wine festival. Enjoy a glass of wine and view these beautiful pieces of art work done by local artist Suzanne Theisfeld. The "Apple Tree of Life" pattern, on the Deardorff barn, was our very own 1st barn quilt in Carver County, MN. To sign up for these tours, visit:

https://artsofcarvercounty.org/mini-barn-quilt-tours-during-artstock/

Watch for us on Fox Channel 9 news on Tuesday, July 11th, at 7:30 am and 9:30 am. Barbara Hone and I were interviewed! Barb is the Author of Barn Quilts of Carver County book. Barb is also the photographer of this beautiful collage!

Flower garden and displays are ready at the Farm. Ready for Barn Quilt tour guests!

Live at the unveiling of 3 Barn Quilts - sponsored by the Stevens County Historical Society and Ward and Carol Voorhees. In Morris MN. Was asked to be a Guest Speaker. Great Day!

Live at the MN Field Trip & Activity EXPO! Great turnout and interest in the Barn Quilt Tours & Treasures!

[07/29/16]   Flower garden pictures from my farm. Tour guests always enjoy seeing these while viewing the barn quilts!

[07/29/16]   Flower garden pictures from my farm. Tour guests always enjoy seeing these while viewing the barn quilts!

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