Thursday, March 14, 2013

Over the Counter #154

What book caught my eye this week as it passed over the library counter and under my scanner? Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement by Suzi Parron with Donna Sue Groves.

Quilting is my favourite thing to do - after reading of course. There are many barn quilt trails in Canada as well - a friend and I went hunting this summer.

From the publisher University of Ohio/Swallow Press:

"The story of the American Quilt Trail, featuring the colorful patterns of quilt squares painted large on barns throughout North America, is the story of one of the fastest-growing grassroots public arts movements in the United States and Canada. In Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement Suzi Parron takes us to twenty-five states as well as Canada to visit the people and places that have put this movement on America’s tourist and folk art map.

Through dozens of interviews with barn quilt artists, committee members, and barn owners, Parron documents a journey that began in 2001 with the founder of the movement, Donna Sue Groves. Groves’s desire to honor her mother with a quilt square painted on their barn became a group effort that eventually grew into a county-wide project. Today, quilt squares form a long imaginary clothesline, appearing on more than three thousand barns scattered along one hundred and twenty driving trails.

With more than eighty full-color photographs, Parron documents here a movement that combines rural economic development with an American folk art phenomenon."

(Over the Counter is a regular feature at A Bookworm's World. I've sadly come to the realization that I cannot physically read every book that catches my interest as it crosses over my counter at the library. But...I can mention them and maybe one of them will catchy your eye as well. See if your local library has them on their shelves!)


bermudaonion said...

I bet that book's gorgeous!

Suzi Parron said...

So pleased to hear that the book caught your eye! I hope that you will have a chance to read and enjoy it.

Best regards,

Suzi Parron--author

Janel Gradowski said...

I've seen quite a few of these barns while on vacation and I always wondered what the story was behind them. I'll have to track down a copy of this book and learn more.

Luanne said...

We took photos of the ones we saw on our foray and I've just found a cute barn pattern where you put a quilt patter on the side of the barn. More projects!