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Quilted Barns Program

Nothing is more beautiful than seeing the sunset behind a McHenry County barn.

Quilted Barn Application

Information supplied by this application will be housed at the McHenry County Historical Society Museum and kept as a historical record. Information may also be used in the creation of self-guided maps of this county's quilted barn sites.

Barn owner criteria and eligibility information:

  • McHenry County barn owners interested in being part of the Quilt Barn Project should complete and submit the form. Include photo of completed Barn Quilt Square.
  • The barn should be visible without obstruction of trees, crops, or other buildings during all seasons.
  • The quilt block must be visible from two directions.
  • The barn should be a stable, permanent building large enough to frame the quilt square appropriately.
  • Quilt blocks are generally 8’ x 8’ or 4' x 4.'
  • The structure must be located along a road, either hard-surface or gravel, that is well-maintained during all seasons.
  • No labeling or advertising will be permitted on the structure.
  • Quilt installation is the responsibility of the owner.
  • The McHenry County sign ordinance does not permit painting a Barn Quilt design directly on the barn nor does it allow for any signage.