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I travel full time by RV, speaking to quilt guilds, libraries, civic organizations--whoever would like to hear more about barn quilts! My talk will take you on a journey along the quilt trail, beginning with the very first barn quilt, which stemmed from Donna Sue Groves and her wish to honor her mother's quilting art. The presentation features over one hundred stunning photographs of barn quilts, some of which rival cloth quilts in their intricacy. You will hear stories of some of the individuals who have painted quilt blocks to honor loved ones or their local culture, along with a few humorous anecdotes. The presentation is both informative and entertaining, as we explore the way in which our quilting heritage takes on new meaning as this movement continues to expand.  Please email suziparron@gmail.com or phone 678-478-6906 for further information. I also teach a half-day workshop for those who would like to participate in this new form of quilting. You will find information on the workshop here.
I stumbled across my first barn quilt in 2008; I immediately looked for a book with more information on barn quilts, I found that none existed--so I decided to write one!  Quilt trail founder Donna Sue Groves provided me with lots of contacts and background information, and I set out. After two years of weekends and my summers off while teaching, I finished the book, “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement.” The book follows the quilt trail as it expanded and tells the stories of those who have created barn quilts. Within two years, so many new quilt trails had merged that it was clear that another book was in order.  I set out again and traveled all of the way to California and back, visiting quilt trails. “Following the Barn Quilt Trail” was released in May of 2016. 
Upcoming events.  Date and time listed are for the talk only. ** Indicates that a workshop is scheduled; you may contact the host organization to inquire.                                                                          2017                                           
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Manatee Patchworkers Memory Makers Quilt Guild First Coast Quilters Ladies of the Lake West Pasco Quilt Guild Covington County Quilters Guild Quilters Guild of Plano Trinity Valley Guild McKinney Quilters Guild Q.U.I.L.T. Guild Ozark Country Quilters Sew-cial Guild Fan-tastic Guild Sandhill Quilters Lake Quilters Guild Palette Gallery Stingray Stitchers Countryside Quilters Highland County Barn Quilts Day Calvert County Guild Eternal Guild Ladybug Guild Village Quilters Friendship Guild Ladybug Guild Missouri State Guild Patterson Farm Preservation Quilt Guild of Metro Detroit Northwest Suburban Quilters Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guild Lighthouse Quilters Western Michigan Guild Quincy Public Library Oakland County Quilt Guild St. Joseph County Library Leslie Branch Library Bridgman Public Library Lighthouse Quilt Guild Sheboygan County Guild Kansas City Regional Quilt Fest Town Hall Guild Foster Branch Library Webberville Branch Library Elkhart Public Library
** Indicates that a workshop is scheduled; you may contact the host organization to inquire. 2018
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Bartholomew County Public Library National Road Quilt Guild Piecemakers FMCA Rally Jackson County Public Library Milan Branch, Osgood Public Library Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library Jay County Public Library Charlestown-Clark County Library Pella Library Waukee Library Iowa Quilt Museum NET workshop Essex Public Library Greenfield Public Library Garfield County Library Quilts around the Block workshops NET workshop Quilts around the Block lecture International Quilt Study Ctr. Workshops NET workshop Early Library Carroll Library Sac City Library Williams Library Library Workshop Gladbrook Library Newton Library Marion Library Jesup Library Marshalltown Library Winthrop Library Mt. Vernon Library Library workshop Fair City Quilters Wandering Foot Guild Public Library Crest Hill Branch Library Discovery Quilters Ozark Piecemakers Willow Valley Community Annapolis Quilt Guild Pride of the Prairie Guild Cimmaron Valley Guild Workshop Calico Cut-ups Baytown Area Quilt Guild Bay Area Guild Calhoun County Quilt Guild Peace by Piecing Guild Friendship Guild New Braunfels Area Quilt Guild Lakeview Guild
Jan 2    6:00 PM        Round Rock, TX                      Chisholm Trail Guild Jan 4        6:15  PM        Kingwood, TX**                  Kingwood Quilters Guild Jan 9         9:30 AM       Lake Jackson, TX **        Plantation Quilt Guild    Jan 18         700 PM       Galveston, TX**                       Galveston Island Guild Jan 20     10:00 AM        Houston, TX**                         Houston Modern Quilt Guild                             Jan 23     10:00 AM        LaGrange, TX **            Colorado Valley Quilters   Feb 6         7:00 PM        Bloomington, IN                     Bloomington Quilters Guild Feb 8      11:00 AM        Corpus Christi, TX                  Coastal Bend Quilt/Needlework Guild Feb 10      9:00 AM        Mercedes, TX **                      Rio Grande Valley Quilt Guild Feb 20      7:00 PM         Grapevine, TX **                    Bear Creek Quilt Guild Mar 20      7:00 PM         Denton, TX **                         Denton Quilt Guild Apr 5        7:00 PM         Bloomington, IL **                Hands all Around Quilters Apr 6        7:00 PM         Bloomington, IL **                Hands all Around Guild Apr 10      7:00 PM         Wichita, KS **                         Prairie Quilt Guild Apr 20      5:00 PM         Plattsburg, MO**                    4-H workshops Apr 21      1:00 PM         Plattsburg, MO**                    4-H workshops Apr 24      9:00 AM        Warrenton, MO **                   Stitch N Time Guild     Apr 10   1 & 7 PM         Wichita, KS                              Prairie Quilters May 3      1:00 PM          Branson, MO**                       Missouri Women’s Club    Mar 7        7:00 PM         Brighton, MI                          Casual Quilters May 8       7:00 PM         Midland, MI**  Midland Quilters Squared      Jun  29/30   TBD             Decatur, IL                             Decatur Quilt Fest                                                                                        
** Indicates that a workshop is scheduled; you may contact the host organization to inquire. 2019
Jul 14            10:00 AM         Lexington, OH**                Friendship Quilters Jul 16              7:00 PM          Schuylkill Haven, PA**    Schuylkill County Quilters Jul 21              TBS                Murfreesboro, TN              TVQA Asembly Day Aug 2             6:30 PM          Hyde Park, VT**                Common Threads of Lemoille Aug 8         7:00 PM    Laconia, NH**     Belknap Quilters Aug 16        10:00 AM          Newport, NH                      Soo-Nipi Quilt Guild Aug 21          6:45 PM           Dover, NH**     Cocheco  Quilters Sep 5             7:00 PM           Pepperell, MA **               Squanicook Colonial Guild Sep 12           7:00 PM           Keene, NH                          Cheshire Quilters Sep 18           7:00 PM           Rutland, VT**                    Maple Leaf Quilters Sep 25           7:00 PM           Middlebury, VT                 Milk and Honey Guild Oct 1             7:00 PM           Gaithersburg, MD             Friendship Star Quilters Oct 3             7:00 PM           Westminster, MD               Everybody’s Guild Oct 9            9:00 AM           Hagerstown, MD **           Antietam Quilters Oct 16          7:00 PM            Chestertown, MD**           Olde Kent Quilters Oct 19          7:00 PM            Falls Church, VA                Sisters Choice Quilters Oct 22        6:30 PM           Dover, DE **     Helping Hands Guild Nov 2              TBD              Shady Side, MD***            Village Quilters Retreat Nov 5           7:00 PM            Kernersville, NC **           Heart of the Triad Quilt Guild Nov 8           7:00 PM            Charleston, SC **               Cobblestone Quilters
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Gold Coast Quilters Columbia River Gorge Quilters Ridge Quilters
Barn Quilt Info
I travel full time by RV, speaking to quilt guilds, libraries, civic organizations--whoever would like to hear more about barn quilts! My talk will take you on a journey along the quilt trail, beginning with the very first barn quilt, which stemmed from Donna Sue Groves and her wish to honor her mother's quilting art. The presentation features over one hundred stunning photographs of barn quilts, some of which rival cloth quilts  in their intricacy. You will hear stories of some of the individuals who have painted quilt blocks to honor loved ones or their local culture, along with a few humorous anecdotes.The presentation is both informative and entertaining, as we explore the way in which our quilting heritage takes on new meaning as this movement continues to expand.  Please email suziparron@gmail.com or phone 678-478- 6906 for further information. I also teach a half-day workshop for those who would like to participate in this new form of quilting. You will find information on the workshop here.
                        2017  ** indicates that a workshop is also scheduled. Contact the host organization to inquire.
2019
** indicates that a workshop is scheduled. Contact the host organization to inquire. Jan 15     7:00 PM    Boca Raton, FL **           Plantation Quilters Jul 12      7:00 PM    Fresno, CA **                 San Joaquin Valley Quilters’ Guild Aug 17   7:00 PM    TBD                                   Columbia River Gorge Quilters
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Manatee Patchworkers Memory Makers Quilt Guild First Coast Quilters Ladies of the Lake West Pasco Quilt Guild Covington County Quilters Guild Quilters Guild of Plano Trinity Valley Guild McKinney Quilters Guild Q.U.I.L.T. Guild Ozark Country Quilters Sew-cial Guild Fan-tastic Guild Sandhill Quilters Lake Quilters Guild Palette Gallery Stingray Stitchers Countryside Quilters Highland County Barn Quilts Day Calvert County Guild Eternal Guild Ladybug Guild Village Quilters Friendship Guild Ladybug Guild Missouri State Guild Patterson Farm Preservation Quilt Guild of Metro Detroit Northwest Suburban Quilters Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guild Lighthouse Quilters Western Michigan Guild Quincy Public Library Oakland County Quilt Guild Lighthouse Quilt Guild Sheboygan County Guild Kansas City Regional Quilt Fest Town Hall Guild Elkhart Public Library Bartholomew County Public Library Piecemakers FMCA Rally Jackson County Public Library Milan Branch, Osgood Public Library Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library Jay County Public Library Charlestown-Clark County Library Pella Library Waukee Library Iowa Quilt Museum Greenfield Public Library Garfield County Library Quilts around the Block workshops Quilts around the Block International Quilt Study Ctr. Workshops Early Library Carroll Library Sac City Library Williams Library Gladbrook Library Newton Library Marion Library Jesup Library Marshalltown Library Winthrop Library Mt. Vernon Library Wandering Foot Guild Discovery Quilters Ozark Piecemakers Pride of the Prairie Guild Calico Cut-ups Baytown Area Quilt Guild Bay Area Guild Calhoun County Quilt Guild Peace by Piecing Guild Friendship Guild Peace by Piecing Guild Lakeview Guild New Braunfels Area Quilt Guild
Bradenton, FL** Bunnell, FL Orange Park, FL** Lakeland, FL** New Port Richey, FL** Andalusia, AL** Plano, TX** Fort Worth, TX** McKinney, TX Springdale, AR** Cassville, MO** Lavergne, TN ** Fairfield Glade, TN** Southern Pines, NC Smith Mtn. Lake, VA** Stanardsville, VA Deltaville, VA Sterling, VA Monterey, VA Prince Frederick, MD Glen Burnie, MD Newark, DE Catonsville, MD Linthicum, MD Newark, DE Columbia, MO** Yardley, PA Detroit, MI** Rolling Meadows, IL** Crystal Lake, IL** Racine, WI Grand Rapids, MI Quincy, MI Rochester Hills, MI** Grand Haven, MI Sheboygan, WI Overland Park, KS** Clarkston, MI Elkhart, IN Columbus, IN** Oxford, OH ** Indianapolis, IN** Seymour, IN** Milan, IN Greensburg, IN** Portland, IN Charlestown, IN ** Pella, IA Waukee, IA** Winterset, IA** Greenfield, IA Burwell, IA Cozad, NE Cozad, NE** Lincoln, NE** Early, IA Carroll, IA ** Sac City, IA** Williams, IA Gladbrook, IA Newton, IA Marion, IA Jesup, IA** Marshalltown, IA Winthrop, IA** Mt. Vernon, IA Oak Creek, WI Shell Knob, MO** Springfield, MO Plainfield, IL** Bella Vista, AR ** Baytown, TX Houston, TX** Port Lavaca, TX Humble, TX ** Brenham, TX** Humble, TX Naussau, TX New Braunfels, TX**
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