I was going to go with "We're not in Kansas anymore," but a new theme developed. I was eager to get to Nebraska, as there are a number of great quilt trails there. And I thought we would escape the winds of Kansas. HA! Not a chance!
First stop--Fillmore County. Isn't this a lovely sunny pattern? Got a great blue sky for this shot!
The ladies of Wilber have created quilt for the flower boxes that line the streets of their little town. This place is C-U-T-E! Where else but in a theme park can you hear polka music in the streets?
Wilber is the Czech capital of the US, and it's quite a theme for them. At the Czech store, I saw everything from authentic hand-sewn costumes to--that's right--a Czech sock monkey! Just a charming place that celebrates culture without taking it too seriously.
Nancy, who took me on the tour in Wilber, made sure I didn't leave empty-handed, of course. There was some disagreement among her friends about how to spell Kolache, but everyone agreed that the traditional pastries were a "must." Of course, they didn't all quite survive the drive . . .
Next on the agenda was Pender, a town that I had wanted to visit for some time. We started looking for a place to park and found that the Blue Ox company--the maker of the towing system on our bus and car--is located there. Pretty cool to stumble across a great factory tour along the quilt trail.
To top it off, they have a no-cost RV parking area for their customers. And a barn quilt!
The folks in Pender installed over two hundred quilt blocks for the town's 125th anniversary. That's pretty awesome for a town of just over one thousand people!
This is one of my favorites--and I saw the quilt, too! Love it! Everywhere you turn in Pender, you see a barn quilt. I really have never seen anything quite like it. I would love to have walked the streets with a video camera to capture the experience--it was just that magical!
This one is a replica of an actual quilt made of dozens of ties. Great detail here!
There is one just like this in Athens County, Ohio--I love it when I see "old friends" along the way.
The last quilt I saw on the way out of Pender--as we got ready to head even farther north. Yep--Minnesota, y'all!
Thanks for traveling with us; leave a comment to let me know who stopped by!
I love barn quilts. Thanks for sharing these.ReplyDelete
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