Suzi Parron, in cooperation with Donna Sue Groves, documented the massive public art project known as the barn quilt trail in her 2012 book Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement. The first of these projects began in 2001, when Groves and community members created a series of twenty painted quilt squares in Adams County, Ohio. Since then, barn quilts have spread throughout forty-eight states and several Canadian provinces. In Following the Barn Quilt Trail, Parron brings readers along as she, her new love, Glen, their dog Gracie, and their converted bus Ruby, leave the stationary life behind. Suzi and Glen follow the barn quilt trail through thirty states across thirteen thousand miles as Suzi collects the stories behind the brightly painted squares. With plentiful color photographs, this endearing hybrid of memoir and travelogue is for quilt lovers, Americana and folk art enthusiasts, or anyone up for a good story.
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.
Delve into the fascinating history of these iconic American structures. You'll never see barns the same way again! Strong-timbered barns are icons of American agriculture, harboring multilayered stories from their floors to their rafters. Barn reveals the compelling history of barns from colonial times, examining how immigrants adapted traditional designs from their home countries to the American landscape. It guides the reader on a tour of different kinds of barns, showing how construction materials, cultural influences, function, and style have given rise to their extraordinary variety. The reader will also learn about barn preservation, barns in pop culture and mythology, elements of barn style, and barn construction. Barn is filled with fascinating facts about barns: How did barns change with westward expansion? Why are barns red? What effect did immigration have on styles of barns in America? How did barn architecture change according to geography? What elements of style emerged on barns? Barn idioms abound (e.g., He can't hit the broad side of a barn door!); Where did they come from? What is a "poetry barn"? and much more! A comprehensive treatment of barns in the American landscape, this book is rich with fascinating details and beautiful photography. Swing open those big barn doors, and find out why barns continue to embody the heart of the American farm.
Today colorful Barn quilts, also known as quilt blocks, can be found along many highways, rural back roads and even in towns and cities throuugh America and Canada, The interest in this fast growing grass roots art movement started not many years ago in Ohioaand continues to grow daily as communities, social clubs and cluibs see what barn quilts blocks can do to promote tourism and the local history/heritage. Brillant barn quilt patterns are displayed on barna, corn cribs, and other farm building through out farm country and even in towns and cities. This coloring book is an opportunity for you to create many original color design patterns for the quilt blocks in this coloring book. Book Quilt Ptojects are usually supported and organized to educate, promote and celebrate the unique agricultural heritage of an area hrough the visual combinations barns and quilt patterns. Famrs are a vital to the enconomic well-being of many rural communities .Handmade barn quilt blocks provide warmth, beauty and an outlet for individal artistic expressiuon. Plus, promoting tourism is an important part of all local barn quilt projects.
Relax. Refresh. Renew. Life is full of demands. Appointments, deadlines, obligations, and constant digital chatter occupy every moment and build a mountain of unhealthy stress and tension. Research shows that coloring can be an effective stress reducer, but true rest and peace are found in God. Inspirational adult coloring books by Majestic Expressions incorporate these two ideas in one beautifully illustrated book. Inspired by the Barn Quilt popularity and many Barn Quilt Trails surfacing around the US, this coloring book features barn quilt patterns and pictures for you to color. It also includes Scriptures about the beauty of the earth, bounty, harvest, hard work, early morning, and creation. Color your own barn quilt and watch each picture come alive as you allow your creativity to flow freely, filling the intricate images with the beauty of color.
A drive through Shawano County Wisconsin is very colorful today because more than 300 brillant "quilt blocks," called barn quilts are on display on barns throughout the county. The Shawano County Barn Quilt Project was started by Shawano writer/author Jim Leuenberger in 2010. In June 2010 Jim proposed the idea to local 4-H clubs as a possible club service project. Since then, several clubs have sponsored and painted barn quilts. And individuals have supported the project through sponsoring a quilt and/or having a quilt put on their barn. Shawano County now calls the county the Barn Quilt Capital of Wisconsin, for good reason. I became interested in the project after seeing a barn quilt on my brother's barn and also because my grandfather settled in the area near Norrie, Wisconsin in 1892. I have always been interested in art so I put together two coloring books featuring barn quilts in Shawano County. A barn quilt is made by painting a pattern on two 4' by 8' sheets of 3/4 inch plywood and then mounting them on a barn to form an eight foot square. Two coats of primer are applied to both sides of the boards and the edges. After the pattern is drawn out, Frog (painters) tape is applied. Three coats of each color are applied, with each coat being allowed to dry overnight. After the quilt is finished it is allowed to dry for at least two weeks before it is put upon a barn. Shawano County now calls the county the Barn Quilt Capital of Wisconsin, for good reason. I became interested in the project after seeing a barn quilt on my brother's barn and also because my grandfather settled in the area near Norrie, Wisconsin in 1892. I have always been interested in art so why not put together two coloring books featuring barn quilts in Shawano County. Take a tour of Shawano County and locate some of the barn quilts illustrated in books... Wisconsin Barn Quilts Book One and Wisconsin Barn Quilts Book Two. Five of my other coloring books...Geometric Designs Coloring Books One, Two, Three, Four and Five are also on Amazon. Coloring books are fun and good for stress!!
Today colorful barn quilts , quilt blocks, can be found along many highway and rural back roads and even in towns and cities through-out America and Canada. The interest in this fast going grass roots art movement started many years ago in Ohio and continues to grow daily as communities,, social groups and clubs see what barn quilt block can do to promote tourism and the local history/heritage. Brilliant barn Quilt patterns are displayed on barns, corn cribs and other farm buildings in farm country and even in towns and cities. This coloring book give individuals an opportunity to createtheir own color patterns for 50 barn quilt patterns found in the Flint Hills area of Kansas, Have fun as you relax while coloring the 50 patterns.
A drive through Shawano County, in Northern Wisconsin, is very colorful today because more than 325 brilliant -barn blocks, - called barn quilts are displayed on barns and other structures throughout the rural area that surrounds the city of Shawano. The Shawano County Barn Quilt Project was started by writer/photographer Jim Leuenberger in 2010. In June 2010 Jim proposed the idea to local 4H clubs as possible club service projects. Since then clubs, individuals, families, organizations, and businesses have sponsored and painted barn blocks. Individual barn owners have supported the project by having quilt blocks mounted on barns and/or other farm structures. the barn quilt trend continues to grow today because of the interest and talents of Jim and his wife Irene.The Shawano Project hopes to...encourage the preservation of Shawano County's historic barns, promote tourism for Shawano County, and provide opportunities for groups and individuals to sponsor and paint barn quilts as a community service project. Barn quilt trails and projects help to promote and celebrate the unique agricultural heritage and history through the visual combination of rural barns and quilt patterns. Barns are vital to the economic well being of the rural community and surrounding area. Handmade Barn quilts provide warmth, beauty and an outlet for individual and group artistic expression. Making a barn quilt allows individuals and volunteer groups the opportunity to create and paint their own quilt squares. The design that is chosen may represent a family pattern from a loved quilt or perhaps a new pattern meaningful to the individual creator(s). This book will allow creative coloring of 50 barn quilts in the Shawano Project...Enjoy and be creative. To see the original color pattern for the barn quilts...go to the Shawano Chamber of Commerce website where you will find the location of each barn or structure and very interesting history of many of the barns.
Today colorful barn quilts, "quilt blocks," can be found along many highways and rural back roads in the United States and Canada. The interest in this fast growing grassroots arts movement started not many years ago in Ohio and continues to grow daily as communities, social groups, and clubs see what barn quilts can do to promote tourism and interest in local heritage and history. Brilliant barn quilts, are displayed on barns, corn cribs, and other farm buildings thoughout farm country and even in towns and cities. This book is an opportunity for you to create your own color design patterns as you relax and enjoy this current coloring book fad. Barn Quilt Projects are usually supported and organized to educate, promote, and celebrate the unique agricultural heritage of an area through the visual combination of barns and quilts. Barns are vital to the econonmic well-being of the rural community and the rural area. Handmade quilt provide warmth, beauty, and an outlet for individual artisitic expression. Plus, tourism is an important part of barn quilt projects. Have fun coloring 48 different barn quilt blocks found around the United States.
The heart of every working farm and ranch, the barn is an icon of rural America. This book chronicles – and celebrates – all the main types, and looks at how these treasures of early American architecture developed. It explains how a wealth of immigrant construction methods and range of environments and climates resulted in a fascinating variety of barn styles in the United States, from the earliest rare Dutch examples to simpler English types and others in more surprising shapes (round or even polygonal) crafted by the Shakers in the 1800s. It highlights the most notable, famous and historic barns that the reader can visit, and features the efforts of conservation groups to preserve America's barns and find innovative ways to repurpose these glorious old structures as homes and studios – and as living monuments of rural heritage.