The “Nine Patch” quilt design on Margot McMillen’s barn
is helping to commemorate the American Quilt Trail movement
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HATTON, Mo. — A barn in Callaway County is getting national recognition for the unique quilt pattern that hangs on its exterior.
The “Nine Patch” design on Margot McMillen’s grand white barn is part of a new redwork kit by historic needlework designer The Posy Collection. McMillen’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. McMillen’s barn quilt, for example, was painted in honor of Mabel Murphy, who in the 1970s taught many people in Callaway County how to quilt. “The simple Nine Patch,” Parron writes, “represents the basic blocks Mable began quilting at the age of eight and the time that she spent passing along the basics of the art to so many others.”
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, Kentucky, Wisconsin, North Carolina 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
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]