Barn Quilt Beginnings
The American barn quilt trail movement started with a simple promise. Wishing to honor her mother by painting a quilt on the side of her barn, Donna Sue Groves organized her rural Ohio community to create not one, but 20 colorful barn quilt blocks in 2001. The trail of barn quilts brought her neighbors together, increased tourism, and developed pride in a new form of public art. Author Suzi Parron first documented Donna Sue's story in Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement. The lengthening thread of this uniquely American art phenomenon motivated Suzi to take to the road for a second time. Her result is Following the Barn Quilt Trail, where she tells the story of traveling the country to collect stories of families, quilts, and rural creativity.
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