Patchwork on the Plains

Nebraska's Barn Quilt Culture

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More than just a place to store equipment or house livestock, a Nebraska barn can be a big canvas and space that begs for adornment. In this new NET documentary, see how barn quilts are preserving history, commemorating families, and promoting small town pride and patriotism. Travel across Nebraska to meet the people behind these colorfully painted quilts, and hear how the art inspires our state.

NET visits a barn featuring many barn quilts in Dawson County

The documentary features barn quilts from the following counties: Thurston, Cass, Gage, Seward, Fillmore, Saline, Dawson, Nemaha, Clay, and Nuckolls. Using data found from related links, the map below features barn quilt locations that can be found throughout Nebraska. Take a scenic drive to discover these roadside gems—colorful quilt designs painted on barns—perfect for an afternoon escape.

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Combine quilting and painting, and you have an art form called barn quilts. You see these throughout Nebraska, and they’re the subject of a new NET documentary, “Patchwork on the Plains: Nebraska’s Barn Quilt Culture.” Here is... more››