Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement by Suzi ParronBarn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement by Suzi Parron

Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement

bySuzi Parron, Donna Sue Groves

Paperback | February 29, 2012

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The story of the American Quilt Trail, featuring the colorful patterns of quilt squares painted 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 takes us to twenty-five states as well as Canada 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 quilt 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, quilt squares form a long imaginary clothesline, appearing on more than three thousand barns scattered along one hundred and twenty driving trails.

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

Suzi Parron is a quilter, a folk art collector, and an avid kayaker. A native of Florida, Suzi has no stationary home, traveling by RV with her husband, Glen, as she speaks to quilters and civic groups across the country.Donna Sue Groves launched the Ohio Quilt Barn Project in 2001. She was formerly the Southern Ohio field coordinator ...
Title:Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail MovementFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.68 inPublished:February 29, 2012Publisher:Ohio University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0804011389

ISBN - 13:9780804011389

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"(W)hat we have here is a larger, older, and all-encompassing American story about how we make claims to places, how we maintain community, and how we uphold shared values.. To tell this story, as Parron and Groves have so thoughtfully done, is to illuminate the extraordinary beauty that often comes and nation-building tasks."
- Northwest Ohio History