1995 was a huge year for the barn and I might not get any further in the story tonight than one year.
The inside of the haymow was cleaned out – years and years of loose hay and straw along with pigeon manure down the middle was a huge job to move.
But these are the kids who moved it!
And then the outside platform was added.
Here’s Loren Kalkwarf, his daughter Charlotte and her son doing the carpenter work.
This is one of the very first pictures taken inside.
Our first visiting group of quilters came from Carrollton, TX, and the Old Craft Store and guess who headed up the bus? Lissa Alexander, now from Moda. She’s the blonde on the lower right side of the picture. Hope you’re seeing this, Lissa!
I’m not at all sure if these two pictures are her group or someone else’s but you get the idea.
And next came painting the barn! Don Pedersen, a teacher from Garner, did the honors.
Before I forget, a new tin roof was put on the year before.
And then came the big haymow door and I must admit ignorance. I should have taken the time to educate myself as to the direction of the hanging flag. I found out so quickly after it was painted – shouldn’t Don have known?
The barn has since been covered with steel siding and the flag has been corrected – for many years now but I hate thinking back on our terrible mistake.
We had many events in the next few years.
One of the biggest events was the Brannock Patek Workshop with Jan and Linda.
A few years later we asked to display all the Primitive Primer quilts designed by Jan and Linda and made by our customers – it was a hit at Open House!
I know this is hard to see – it’s two photos taped together – an awesome display!
And that brings me up to another big event – our wedding on June 14, 1997 and our reception held in the barn. That’s tomorrow’s segment of the story.
Hope I haven’t lost any of you to boredom!!!