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Quilt museum knits together an expansion

By Keith Barber

I first learned of the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts two years ago while attending a herding dog demonstration at the annual Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival in Jefferson.

The dogs were great, but the quilt exhibits were phenomenal.

A mass of color led me to the museum’s booth, and while there I spotted architectural renderings of a building being displayed as part of a fundraising campaign.

The museum was expanding.

It took more than five years to raise much of the $1.3 million for the project, but ground has now been broken for a 2,689 square-foot-addition to the existing museum. The museum at N50 W5050 Portland Road, Cedarburg, is actually a converted barn on the former Hoffman Boecker Farmstead.

Founded in 2001, the museum displays an array of quilts and equipment, and is recognized throughout the Midwest for its revolving collections of historically and artistically significant quilts. The new addition was designed by Groth Design of Cedarburg, and will feature a new main entryway and lobby, a catering kitchen, a gift shop, bathrooms, administrative office and elevator.

Construction is being performed by Design 2 Construct of Jackson.

Keith Barber is a data reporter at The Daily Reporter. Some quilts and wool might be a good choice for the upcoming season.

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