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Barn Quilt 272: Friendship (An American Gothic Theme)

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Jim Leuenberger, original photo on Houzz

Dennis and Katherine Buntrock owe a lot to the late Carl and Gertrude Routzahn. The Buntrocks purchased this farm from the Routzahns, and Dennis credits them with teaching him a lot about farming.

Leuenberger reports that the iconic couple depicted in Grant Wood’s famous American Gothic painting reminded the Buntrocks of the late Routzahns, so including the motif in the design felt right. This quilt is also sponsored by Tom Whitemarsh.

Related: How to Incorporate American Gothic Style at Home

The Buntrocks, seen here, purchased the farm in 1990, and they have been raising crops there ever since. They became close friends with the Routzahns and, in one of the best farm community traditions, shared machinery and labor to run their respective outfits. The relationship between the two families inspired the name Friendship for this barn quilt.


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