This is a 3rd generation dairy farm, originally purchased by Charles Riemer in 1918. In 1933, a tornado slid the barn off the foundation. Carpenters jacked it up and put it back into position. The farmhouse was a Sears and Roebuck catalog home. The quilt square was being painted through a project at Brodhead High School.
Head over to Joella Miller's blog. Joella is the sponsor of this block and she has an awesome blog post about how it came to be.