Published in 2012 in cooperation with quilt trail founder Donna Sue Groves. Follow Suzi across the country as she collects the stories of those who have created barn quilts in their communities. The book has become a favorite of quilters and anyone interested in rural life and Americana.Review:“Parron’s striking photographs and narrative of her journey on the Quilt Trail bring out the personal and community meaning behind quilts…. The book does justice to its subject, through the charm of its photographs and the many interesting stories behind this public art movement.”—Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine
Available for pre-order! Coming in May from Ohio University Press
Join Suzi as she sets out again, this time in a converted bus/RV with new life partner, Glen. The adventure spanned 13,000 miles from coast to coast and across Ontario, Canada, visiting quilt trails along the way. The book is both a collection of quilt trail stories and photos and a memoir of life on the road with all its joys and difficulties. 265 pages, 136 color photos.
Early reviews: “Following the Barn Quilt Trail is an engaging coast-to-coast tour in honor of our quilt history. This colorful book is the perfect sequel to Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement, as, with Suzi, Glen, Gracie, and Ruby as our navigators, we learn the family stories and connections to the communities of each quilt block. Well done.” —Georgia Bonesteel, quiltmaker, author, and educator“Following the Barn Quilt Trail weaves an enchanting narrative of the places, people, and history behind the growing number of barn quilts dotting the countryside—providing us all with a more meaningful, and more colorful, way to reconnect with our rural heritage. The photos and stories illustrate the affection, creativity, and dedication behind each block, ensuring that you will never look at one—let alone a whole trail—the same way again.” —Danae Peckler, National Barn Alliance“To see a quilt block on a barn is a thrill, but most of us don’t get that opportunity very often. Suzi Parron takes us on a journey where we not only get to see the blocks in their beautiful settings, but learn the stories behind them. Following the Barn Quilt Trail is entertaining and the photography is beautiful.” —Jenny Doan, Missouri Star Quilt CompanyThis book captures everything I love about barn quilts with beautiful photos and captivating details. Where will you spy your next barn quilt?” —Bonnie K. Hunter, Quiltville.com