Diane Burnett

It’s almost time to unveil the La Cygne Barn Quilt Collage as we celebrate our 150th Birthday on Memorial Day Weekend.

The festivities will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, May 24, at Thayer Park in downtown La Cygne with the dedication of the 12x16-foot wooden barn quilt.

Everyone is invited to join us for a short ceremony starting at 5 p.m. The painting of the large barn quilt has been a work in progress over the last four months. The quilt blocks were designed and painted by many individuals, and the collage will be mounted and ready to display for all to see and enjoy in the park starting on May 24.

Everyone is anxious to see the finished work of art made up of quilt block designs from local family members, clubs, organizations, churches, schools and several historical events from the town.

The committee chairs for this community project, Diane Burnett and Doris McElreath, recruited others to help teach or to paint their own creation. Doris McElreath and Sondra Dela Cruz were described by many as the “barn quilt gurus.” They are very talented and shared their painting skills with everyone that needed their expertise and guidance throughout the project.

Beverly Burke, Pat Berglund, Cathy Stainbrook and Sharon Hurt make up the rest of the barn quilt committee and helped guide this project to fruition.

Everyone that comes to see the large barn quilt collage will see 44 2x2-foot squares and one 4x4-foot block colorfully painted in various quilt block designs that will help beautify our city for years to come. There will be a directory that will list the sponsors so folks will be able to locate or view their barn quilt anytime they come to La Cygne’s Thayer Park.

The barn quilt collage will be permanently and publicly displayed for everyone to enjoy after the May 24 dedication.

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