Granton Quilt Trail

Continues to Grow 


By Jay Parker

If you have driven along CTH W east of Granton recently, you may have noticed a wave of new barn quilts beautifying the area’s buildings.

A half mile north of STH 73, at N2302 CTH W, is Sherwood Forest Tree Farm.  Having seen quilts appearing in other areas around Granton, owner Bill Rosandick decided one should adorn his barn. This past summer, the family installed an autumnal-colored geometric quilt featuring a pattern called “Velvet Ribbon.”

Bill Rosandick Barn

This 75-year-old barn on the Bill Rosandick property at N2303 CTH W near Granton
displays a quilt in the “Velvet Ribbon” pattern. 
(Contributed Photo)

The farm has been in the Rosandick family since 1952, having been purchased from the Matanich family.  The original barn was lost in a fire in 1939 but was rebuilt.

“Old-times tell me they attended barn dances here in the 1930s and 40s,” recalled Rosandick.  “We ourselves have held three graduation parties and a 75th birthday party with a polka band in the barn.”

Pole barn of Ray and Vicki Rober

A pole barn at the Ray and Vicki Rober residence at N3209 CTH W near Granton
features the quilt “Quilted Star.”  (
Contributed Photo)

Heading further north, at the hone of Ray and Vicki Rober, N3209 CTHW, is a multi-hued quilt that looks much like a stained-glass window.

“We moved here two years ago, and saw the other quilts in the area.  We thought they were cool and wanted one of our own,” noted Vicki.

Painted by Robin Phipps of Hobby’s Crafts, Granton, it was installed in October.  The Robers named the pattern that adorns their pole barn “Quilted Star.”

Martha Washington quilt

The extended family of Robert and Jennifer Vandeberg have created and hung this “Martha Washington” quilt
on the garage of the Vandeberg residence at W1450 Walker Avenue near Granton. 
(Contributed Photo)

Heading north again, then east on Walker Avenue to W1450, is the home of Robert and Jennifer Vandeberg.  Their garage is adorned with not one, but two barn quilts.

The first, a fuchsia, cream and brown-colored design called “Ohio Star’” was painted by Jennifer’s mother Maureen Handke and was hung early last spring.

Inspired by his grandmother’s work, the Vandeberg’s son, Austin, a senior at Granton High School, painted the second quilt, “Martha Washington,” a blue and white star pattern that was hung in May on the end of the garage.

Ohio Star quilt

The extended family of Robert and Jennifer Vandeberg have created and hung this “Ohio Star” quilt
on the front of the garage of the Vandeberg residence at W1450 Walker Avenue near Granton. 
(Contributed Photo)

The Vandeberg’s also own a barn nearby.  Heading back to CTH W and traveling north to N3826, passersby will spot another example of Austin’s handiwork, a quilt in the “Variable Star with Pinwheel” pattern, done in patriotic red, white, and blue, which was hung just this past November.

Varialble Star with Pinwheel quilt

The extended family of Robert and Jennifer Vandeberg have created and hung this “Variable Star with Pinwheel” quilt
on the barn at N3826 CTH W near Granton
(Contributed Photo)

These new additions bring the number of quilts on the Granton Quilt Trail to 24.  All the quilts on the Granton Trail can be viewed at .

The trail is part of a national barn quilt trail site at .


From the Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

January 18, 2017

Transcribed by Dolores Mohr Kenyon, January 20, 2017

Web page by James W. Sternitzky PhD, January 20, 2017

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