Barn Quilt from Kankakee County Selected to Represent Illinois
Larson family’s “corn and beans” design featured in newly released American Quilt Trail redwork ornament kit
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Artwork on a barn in northeast Kankakee County has been chosen to represent Illinois in the new American Quilt Trail Redwork Kit by historic needlework designer The Posy Collection.
The "corn and beans" design on Dean and Beverly Larson's corn crib is also featured on the cover of the book “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement” by Suzi Parron and Donna Sue Groves.
Barn quilts from 16 states were selected for the redwork kit, which features a form of needle art that uses red thread on natural-colored fabric.
“Barn quilts are colorful patterns of quilt squares painted on panels and hung on barns and buildings that capture the spirit of American quilting and local heritage,” said Posy Lough, owner of The Posy Collection. “We took some of the more iconic ones and put them together in a kit for quilt lovers and stitchers to enjoy.”
In addition to being a work of art, each quilt tells a story unique to its owner or property in which it is placed. The Larsons chose theirs, for example, because it pays tribute to their love of the land and to the hard work of their parents.
Groves, to whom the kit is dedicated, conceived of the barn quilt concept. She worked with her Ohio community to create the first quilt trail to honor her mother, thus inspiring the quilt trail movement. Now, thousands of barns across the United States feature quilt blocks.
Lough and Parron worked together to choose the patterns and interpret them for the redwork design. The kit includes patterns for 16 stitched ornaments with instructions for making a presentation dowel tree. A separate, related kit offers three finishing options: a pieced quilt, a pillow with wholecloth quilt or a pillow with 12 individual ornaments.
Kits can be purchased online at www.barnquiltinfo.com.
Other states with barn quilts featured in the redwork kit include: Colorado, Wisconsin, Michigan, New York, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, West Virginia, Iowa, Texas, Ohio, Oregon, Missouri, Minnesota and Georgia.
The Posy Collection has been translating American history into needlework kits for more than two decades. Designs depict everything from presidential homes and historic sites to natural wonders and famous Americans.
For more information on the quilt trail movement and Parron’s book, visit www.barnquiltinfo.com. For details on the American Quilt Trail redwork ornament kit, visit www.posycollection.com
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What are barn quilts? This documentary video tells the story of how Ohio resident Donna Sue Groves started the American Quilt Trail movement in 2001. Since then, several thousand barn quilts have been erected in states across the country.
Illinois – Corn and Beans Barn: The barn quilt representing Illinois is from a design that hangs on the Larson family’s corn crib in Kankakee County.[Photo courtesy Carolyn Splear Pratt]
Ornament kit: The American Quilt Trail Redwork Kit, by historic needlework designer The Posy Collection, features designs from 16 states and is inspired by the book “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement.”