Monday, February 13, 2012

BARN QUILTS and the American Quilt Trail Movement

I have been constantly searching for a book on the subject of barn quilts and the history behing them.  For Christmas in 2010, I received a book by a well known quilting celebrity that had photo's of some barn quilts, but then devoted the remainder of the book to making the barn quilt block from fabric.  Not what I was looking for.  This past Christmas I received another book about barn quilts.  This one had several photo's of barn quilts.  It also had instructions on how to make an 8' x 8' barn quilt, which was OK, but, the book also had, of all things, recipes!!!  Again, not what I was looking for.
My prayer's were answered this past week when I received my copy of Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement, written by Suzi Parron from Stone Mountain, Georgia.  I've never met Suzi but have exchanged emails and blog posts with her for the past year or so.    

Suzi dedicated a tremendous amount of time traveling through out the midwest researching, photographing and writing about the many barn quilts and barn quilt trails that had been organized over the years.  What makes this book stand out is the family history behind each of the barn quilts featured.  History that goes back generations!  I am about half way through the book at the moment and find it very hard to put it down.   The stories are very touching and heart warming.  
If you are interested in obtaining a copy of this book, go to and order a copy directly from Suzi Parron.  You won't regret it!

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