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Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement [Paperback]

Suzi Parron , Donna Sue Groves

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Book Description

Feb. 28 2012

 The story of the American Quilt Trail, featuring the colorful patterns of quilt squares writ large on barns throughout North America, is the story of one of the fastest-growing grassroots public arts movements in the United States and Canada. In Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement Suzi Parron travels through twenty-nine states and two Canadian provinces to visit the people and places that have put this movement on America’s tourist and folk art map.

 Through dozens of interviews with barn artists, committee members, and barn owners Parron documents a journey that began in 2001 with the founder of the movement, Donna Sue Groves. Groves’s desire to honor her mother with a quilt square painted on their barn became a group effort that eventually grew into a county-wide project. Today, registered quilt squares form a long imaginary clothesline, appearing on more than three thousand barns scattered along one hundred driving trails.

 With more than fifty full-color photographs, Parron documents a movement that combines rural economic development with an American folk art phenomenon.



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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Swallow Press; 1 edition (Feb. 28 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780804011389
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804011389
  • ASIN: 0804011389
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 20.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #255,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Parron and Groves have documented these trails with full-color photographs that show how imaginative many artists have become, incorporating butterflies, horses, flags, and other natural and man-made designs within the more abstract geometries of traditional barn quilts. The text profiles many of the artists whose work dazzlingly enlivens America’s farm country.”   —Booklist


About the Author


Suzi Parron is a quilter, backwoods traveler, and avid collector of folk art. She holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Florida, with a concentration in the literature of the American South. She teaches English at Lakeside High School in Atlanta. 

Donna Sue Groves launched the Ohio Quilt Barn Project in 2001. She was formerly the Southern Ohio field coordinator for Ohio’s Appalachian Arts Initiative and the Southern Ohio field representative for the Ohio Arts Council. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2010 Ohio Governor’s Award for the Arts in Community Development and Partnerships.








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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who knew? Feb. 19 2012
By A. Smith - Published on
Before I received one of Suzi's Barn Quilt calendars as a gift I had never even heard of barn quilts, let alone a barn quilt trail. I quickly became fascinated with the topic and was eagerly awaiting the publication of the book. I was thrilled when my signed copy arrived a couple of weeks ago, and have not been disappointed. The book is filled with beautiful color pictures, as I expected it would be. What was unexpected, however, was the warmth with which Suzi describes her encounters with the people involved, from the painters to the barn owners to the school children, in short, everyone she met in this wonderful project.

Keep up the good work, Suzi! When can we expect Volume II?
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barn Quilts Feb. 16 2012
By Dave Snow - Published on
I have been waiting for a book like this for some time. I have been painting barn quilts for about 2 years and have been searching for a reference source devoted to the history of barn quilts and the personal stories of the barn quilt owners. This book does that! Suzi Parron, as a writer, has been able to mentally allow me to ride with her to each location in the course of her research. I have truly enjoyed the ride and have been energized to continue to create lasting memories for my patrons.
Dave Snow,
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Book Feb. 22 2012
By css - Published on
Suzi Parron has done a fabulous job in her book Barn Quilts!! The history behind each quilt, the pictures and the overall flow of the book are wonderful!! I found it well organized, the index was quite helpful and her personal stories add "the icing to the cake"!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Feb. 19 2012
By reedy - Published on
I wasn't sure what to expect but I've thoroughly enjoyed this book. It took me on a journey across America. The interesting stories and colorful photos made me feel as if I was right there. I'd heard about the barn quilts but had no idea there was so much behind them.

I've ordered a copy for my sister the quilter. I'm certain she's going to love it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quilts on Barns? Finally, a history! May 24 2012
By Margot - Published on
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Suzi Parron's new book clears up the mysteries about the wonderful, brightly-colored quilt squares that have appeared on rural buildings coast-to-coast. While bringing people into the country side on barn quilt tours, the brilliant decorations are a source of pride and identity for rural residents. We're just getting started painting them in mid-Missouri and it's great to have a record of what's gone before. This is a fun, well-written and researched book with lots of illustrations and will be a beloved addition to the libraries of quilters, barn lovers and art afficianados everywhere.

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