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.

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!


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