Barn Quilt from Terry County Selected to Represent Texas
“Country Farm” design featured in newly released
redwork ornament kit commemorating the American Quilt Trail
For immediate release
BROWNFIELD, Texas — Artwork from Terry County has been chosen to represent Texas in the new American Quilt Trail Redwork Kit by historic needlework designer The Posy Collection.
The “Country Farm” design representing the Terry County Quilt Trail 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 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 barn quilt tells a story unique to its owner or property in which it is placed. Terry County’s story is unique, for example, because the community has no barns. But that didn’t stop Mary Collier and Susan Lefevre, who started the state’s first quilt trail in 2007 — along with countless volunteers — by painting 10 blocks and mounting them on wooden posts throughout the area. “We don’t have barns,” Collier told the Brownfield City Council before the project began, “but we can paint them on anything.”
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, Oregon, Kentucky, Missouri, West Virginia, Iowa, Tennessee, North Carolina, Ohio, 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.
Texas – Country Farm design: The barn quilt representing Texas is from a design inspired by Mary Collier and Susan Lefevre of Terry County. [Photo courtesy Terry County Quilt Trail Committee]
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.”