Barn Quilt from Callaway County Selected to Represent Missouri
Margot McMillen’s “Nine Patch” design featured in new ornament kit commemorating the American Quilt Trail
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HATTON, Mo. — Artwork on a Callaway County barn has been chosen to represent Missouri in a new redwork ornament kit by historic needlework designer The Posy Collection.
The “Nine Patch” design on the barn at Margot McMillen’s Terra Bella Farm is also featured in 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 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 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, 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: Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, New York, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, West Virginia, Iowa, Texas, Ohio, Oregon, Colorado, 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 Mini-Ornament 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.
Missouri – nine patch barn: The barn quilt representing Missouri is from a design that hangs on Margot McMillen's barn in the Hatton area of Callaway County.
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.”