Stitching It Together - West Union

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Hidden : 8/25/2012
In Iowa, United States
2 out of 5
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

A Barn Quilt Loop in the West Union Area

Estimated Miles to Complete the Loop – 15 Miles
Estimated Time by motor vehicle to complete the puzzle – 20 minutes to less than 1 hour

(It is possible to complete the loop by bicycle as well although it will take longer than an hour.)

This is a Multi-cache.

The cache is NOT at the above posted coordinates!!!
The posted coordinates are the first stop in a loop.
To find the cache you will need to take a brief trip to view local barn quilts to determine the final coordinates.

The Barn Quilt Loop

You will be viewing 10 Barn Quilts on the loop.
A barn quilt is a design painted on a wooden board typically 4’ x 4’ or 8’ x 8’.
Barn Quilts are displayed on a Barn, Shed or Commercial Structure. 
The designs draw their inspiration from a single quilt blocks used to make quilts.
These distinctive displays are noted for being colorful, varied and incorporate a geometric design.
In Fayette County, there are currently more than 70 Barn Quilts proudly displayed!

Please NOTE:

You will NOT need to leave your vehicle to observe the barn quilts.
Each location simply requires you to pull over to the side of the road.
Please DO NOT enter the property of the Barn Quilt owners.

Difficulty / Terrain

The Difficulty of the multi-cache does take some time so is assigned a 2.
The Terrain is not handicapped accessible so is assigned a 1.5
The Difficulty and Terrain for the Final Cache location would be a 1.5 / 1.5

To Determine the Final Coordinates:

At each location observe the barn quilt. 
It may be across the road from the designated coordinates.
Select the appropriate answers and do the math to come up with the appropriate digit to place in the Final Cache Location below.
If the numbers add up to a double digit number, drop the first digit and use only the second.

Final Cache Location:
N 42° AB.CDE
W 091° FG.HIJ



Barn Quilt Characteristics:

If 3 less colors = 1
If more than 3 colors = 2
If 4’ x 4’ = 1
If 8’ x 8’ = 2
If on a Red building = 1
If the building is any other color = 2
For the Northern Latitude:
Starting at Posted Coordinates
“Flower Basket” = (Color + Size + Location) – 1 = A
“Harvest Star” = (Color + Size + Location) + 2 = B
“Hole in the Barn Door” = (Color + Size + Location) multiplied by 9 = C
“Corn & Beans” = 100 divided by (Color + Size + Location) = D
“Windmill” = (Color + Size + Location) + 12 = E
For the Western Longitude:
Barn Quilt was removed waypoint. Your answer is 4 = F
“County Fair” = (Color + Size + Location) multiplied by 3 = G
“Friendship Star” = (Color + Size + Location) – 3 = H
“4 Leaf Clover” = (Color + Size + Location) + 6 = I
“Gristmill” = 45 divided by (Color + Size + Location) = J

Permission for the placement of the final cache obtained from:

Property Owners

Please note:

Hints may help you with the final location but may lean towards being a spoiler!

Congratulations to looking4gems for their perseverance, patience and first to find!

You can check your answers for this puzzle on

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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