Barn Quilt Selected to Represent Iowa

"Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement" documents hundreds of designs across several states.

“Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement” documents hundreds of designs across several states.

The “Harvest Star” design on Sue and Harold Peyton’s barn in Sac County has been chosen to represent Iowa in the new American Quilt Trail Redwork Kit by historic needlework designer The Posy Collection and will be featured in the book “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement” by Suzi Parron and Donna Sue Groves.

Barn quilts from 12 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.”

Harvest Star Barn Quilt

The barn quilt representing Iowa is from a design that hangs on the Peyton family barn in Sac County.

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. With the help of their son Kevin, the Peytons chose their patriotic theme, for example, because it coincided with when the barn quilt was erected — Memorial Day. The entire family, Harold Peyton said, “eats, sleeps, and lives barn quilts and has since 2005.” They run the website www.BarnQuilts.com.

Groves, to whom the redwork 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-like designs.

Lough and Parron worked together to choose the patterns and interpret them for the redwork design. The 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

The American Quilt Trail Redwork Kit, by The Posy Collection, features designs from 12 states and is inspired by Parron's book.

The American Quilt Trail Redwork Kit, by The Posy Collection, features designs from 12 states and is inspired by Parron’s book.

www.barnquiltinfo.com.

The Posy Collection has been translating American history into needlework 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 Kit, visit www.posycollection.com

Rob Humphreys, American Quilt Trail

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