Barn quilts have a long history in Kansas said Joni Regnier, director of McPherson’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, wanted to share that heritage with the city.

To that end, the visitor’s bureau will be holding its first-ever Barn Quilt Paint Party.

“I’ve never done one of these and I’ve always wanted to give it a try so I’m offering this party at the museum,” Regnier said.

The event will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 14 at the McPherson Museum & Arts Foundation, 1111 E. Kansas Ave. Lunch and wine will be provided. Cost is $50 per person.

“The instructor will be providing all materials, so just bring yourself. There will be hundreds of patterns to choose from and you can make it as simple or as complicated as you’d like. And did I mention there will be wine,” Regnier laughed.

The quilts will be painted on tin or wood and can hang anywhere.

“You can put them on your house or garage or hang them on your wall — they don’t have to be on a barn,” she said.

There are only 12 spots available, but Regnier said a few are still open.

“People better call quickly before they fill up,” she said.

The Kansas Barn Sale announced their annual event will be Oct. 3 in McPherson and Regnier said she hopes to add some painted barn quilts to make McPherson look “rustic” for the sale.

“The barn sale intrigued me. It might be nice to have some of these (barn quilts) around McPherson,” she said.

For more information or to purchase a ticket, call the Museum at (620) 241-3340.

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