Jackson Hole Quilt Guild installs ‘Barn Quilt’ on historic May Barn

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Jackson Hole Quilt Guild (JHQG) recently installed a “barn quilt” on the west side of the May Barn in May Park.

The 8-foot by 8-foot painted wood quilt took nearly a year to complete and was a collaborative project. Annie Meuller from the JHQG selected a block called the “Jackson Star.” Carol Leibzeit and the JHQG selected the colors.

The JHQG added the brand that the May family used when they ranched in Jackson Hole. The brand was added to the center of the quilt block.  It is called “Arrow Lazy M.”  The May family used it on their cattle and horses when they grazed their cattle on public lands.

James Henry and Haddie Maria Wood May purchased the 10 acres with the barn in the early 1960s from George Lamb.  Their son Wayne May acquired the property and used it and the barn to raise hay and board horses.  Wayne and his wife Selma sold the property in 1990 to the Town of Jackson at one-third its appraised market value to be used as a Park. Today, the East Jackson park is a popular place for the community all year around. In the winter months, a nordic skiing track is maintained by the Teton County/Jackson Parks and Rec Department. 

The May barn quilt was made possible thanks to the contributions from the community; The Jackson Hole Quilt Guild, Kathy Clay and Mike Trumbower, GM Sheet Metal, Rudy and Sharon Sanford, Jackson Paint & Glass, Cowboy Carpets, and Jackson Hole Signs. The May Park Board approved the project along with the Teton County/Jackson Parks and Rec and the Town of Jackson.

Final touches to the Barn Quilt, yesterday June 11. Photo: Buckrail

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.

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