The “Flying Geese” quilt design on the Holland family’s barn
is helping to commemorate the American Quilt Trail movement
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CADIZ, Ky. — A barn in Trigg County is getting national recognition for the unique quilt pattern that hangs on its exterior.
The “Flying Geese” design on Tony and Belenda Holland’s wood-plank barn is part of a new redwork kit by historic needlework designer The Posy Collection. The Holland’s barn is also featured in award-winning book “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement” by Suzi Parron and Donna Sue Groves.
Designs from six states were selected for the redwork barn kit, which features a form of needle art that uses red thread on natural-colored muslin.
“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 Kentucky-based 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 barn quilt tells a story unique to its owner or property in which it is placed. Belenda Holland said she chose hers, for example, as a way to “recognize the women’s role (in agriculture) and remind folks that we have always produced art as well.”
Groves conceived of the barn quilt concept in 2001. She worked with her Ohio community to create the first quilt trail to honor her mother, thus inspiring the quilt trail movement. Now, several thousand barns across the United States feature quilt blocks.
Lough and Parron worked together to choose the barns and interpret them for the redwork design. Other states featured in the redwork barn kit include: Ohio, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Missouri and Iowa. Kits can be purchased online at www.barnquiltinfo.com.
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 barn kit, visit www.posycollection.com
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Contacts for media:
Posy Lough: 270-753-5682 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Suzi Parron: 678-478-6906 or email@example.com
Tony or Belenda Holland: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Redwork barn kit: The American Quilt Trail redwork barn kit, by historic needlework designer The Posy Collection, features designs from six states and is inspired by the book “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement.” [Photo courtesy Posy Lough]
Barn Quilts book: Suzi Parron’s book “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement,” published in 2012, documents hundreds of designs across several states. [Photo courtesy Suzi Parron]
Kentucky resident Posy Lough has been translating America and American history into counted cross stitch kits for more than two decades. Her projects have taken her across the country — from New England to the Deep South and into the Great Midwest, Southwest and Far West. Her kits depict the homes of our presidents, our historic sites, our gardens and farms, and our natural wonders. Each project has an underlying theme relating to our American heritage.