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Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement by Suzi Parron

By Suzi Parron

The tale of the yank duvet path, that includes the colourful styles of cover squares writ huge on barns all through North the US, is the tale of 1 of the fastest-growing grassroots public arts activities within the usa and Canada. In Barn Quilts and the yank duvet path Movement Suzi Parron travels via twenty-nine states and Canadian provinces to go to the folk and areas that experience positioned this move on America's vacationer and people artwork map.

Through dozens of interviews with barn artists, committee individuals, and barn vendors Parron records a trip that all started in 2001 with the founding father of the move, Donna Sue Groves. Groves's wish to honor her mom with a cover sq. painted on their barn turned a bunch attempt that at last grew right into a county-wide undertaking. this present day, registered duvet squares shape a protracted imaginary clothesline, showing on greater than 3 thousand barns scattered alongside 100 riding trails.

With greater than fifty full-color images, Parron records a move that mixes rural fiscal improvement with an American people paintings phenomenon.

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Stamping Ground, Kentucky, a town of about seven hundred where the group is centered, got its name from the legendary stamping down of the vegetation so that the buValo could feed along their way. The origin of the memorable name was a bit disappointing, but at least it made sense to me now. Leaving the Landrys with map and lists in hand, I drove the few miles to Stamping Ground, where BuValo Gal Betty Kettenring was set to escort me to see some of the barn quilts. The Wrst stop, Betty said, would be at her farm, not too far from the tiny downtown.

I found my destination easily enough. Lying on my belly in a deep green Weld to photograph the barn at just the right angle, I was roused by a shout from behind me: “What are you doing in my alfalfa? ” I had to wonder whether groundhogs routinely drive Hondas but was somehow pleased to have gained a bit of farming knowledge. Being able to recognize alfalfa had to be worth something. barn quilts and the american quilt trail movement Some of the barn quilts were designated as Civil War patterns; I had never encountered one of those—either in cloth or in wooden form—so the Barbara Fritchie Star and Union Soldiers were important detours.

Southern Lights, a tribute to George Kettenring, completes the set, which served as a model for prospective barn quilt owners and is still a popular stop along the BuValo Gals’ Quilt Trail. Betty took me on a tour of about twenty barn quilts in the Stamping Ground area and then left me with my map and a list of barn owners who were expecting buffalo gals Kettenring Quilt Gallery   my visit. As I headed out of town toward the Mason farm, the terrain changed from nondescript farmland to almost impossibly green expanses of rolling hills.

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