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.”
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 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.
Rob Humphreys, American Quilt Trail