All images copyright 2016 Suzi Parron.  CONTACT:  suzi@barnquiltinfo.com
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. 2018
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 Feb 23    10:00 AM        San Antonio, TX**                  University United Methodist Church Quilters Mar 20      7:00 PM        Denton, TX                               Denton Quilt Guild Mar 24  10:00 AM        Denton, TX**                           Minding Your P’s and Q’s workshop Mar 26   10:00 AM         Denton, TX **                          Minding Your P’s and Q’s workshop Apr 4       6:30 PM          Peoria, IL                                  Gems of the Prairie 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 13     9:00 AM         Kearney, NE**                         NET Workshop Apr14      8:00 AM         Lincoln, NE**                          NET Workshop Apr 14    1:00  PM          Lincoln, NE**                         NET Workshop Apr 15     1:00 PM           Omaha, NE**                         NET Workshop Apr 19     6:30 PM         Council Bluffs, IA                  Public Library 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 25     6:30 PM         St. Peters, MO                          Loose Thread Quilters Apr 25     9:30 AM        St.Charles, MO                        Calico Needlers     Apr 27     7:00 PM          Mexico, MO**                         Prairie Pine Guild Apr 10   1 & 7 PM         Wichita, KS                              Prairie Quilters Apr 30    9:30 AM          Shell Knob MO**                  Discovery Quilters Workshop 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    May 12    1:00 PM         Fostoria, OH**                        Visitors’ Bureau Workshop May 19  11:00 AM        Albion, IN**                            Noble County Library May 22    6:30 PM         South Whitley, IN                  South Whitley Library  Jun 9             TBD         Charlestown, IN**                  Library Workshop Jun 11   10:00 AM         Smyrna, TN**                          Friendship Guild Workshop Jun 12      9:00 AM        Hendersonville, TN**           Lakeshore Guild Workshop Jun 14    10:00 AM        Murfreesboro, TN**              Quilting Bees Workshop    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 7              10:00 AM        St. Clairsville, OH             National Road Guild Jul 12             6:30 PM          Coschocton, OH**             Public Library Jul 14            10:00 AM         Lexington, OH**                Friendship Quilters Jul 16              7:00 PM          Schuylkill Haven, PA**    Schuylkill County Quilters Jul 21              TBD                Murfreesboro, TN              TVQA Asembly Day Jul 24           10:00 AM          Warwick, NY                       Warwick Valley Guild 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 Aug 23          6:30 PM           Falmouth, MA**                Crazy Quilters of Cape Cod Sep 5             7:00 PM           Pepperell, MA **               Squanicook Colonial Guild Sep 10           7:00 PM           Clifton Park, NY**            Quilt North 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 4             7:00 PM           Denton, MD                       Heartland Guild Oct 7             2:00 PM           Carlisle, PA**                     LeTort Quilters Oct 8             9:30 AM           Fayetteville, PA**              Penn Needle Quilters Oct 9             9:00 AM           Hagerstown, MD **          Antietam Quilters Oct 11           9:30 AM           Berryville, VA**                 Apple Valley Needle Threaders 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 **     Friendship Guild Workshop Oct 26          9:00 AM            Readington, NJ**               Hunterdon County Quilt 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 Nov 14         7:00 PM            Downers Grove, IL**         Faithful Circle
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Jan 15 Jan 18 Mar 5 Mar 26 Apr 4 Apr 10 Apr 13 Apr 18 May 7 May 14 May 20 May 21 Jun 8 Jun 10 Jun 15 Jun 19
7:00 PM 7:00 PM 9:45 AM 1:00 PM 9:30 AM 9:30 AM TBD 12:30/7 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 10:00 AM 7:00 PM 9:00 AM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM
Boca Raton, FL** Coral Springs, FL** Lake Oconee, GA** Blairsville, GA** Florence, SC** Easton, MD** Lynchburg, VA** Beaumont, TX** Fort Wayne IN** Omaha, NE** Kimberling City, MO** Jefferson City, MO** Canon City, CO** Buena Vista, CO Monte Vista, CO** Colorado Springs, CO**
Gold Coast Quilters Coral Springs Quilters Lake Oconee Quilters Misty Mountain Guild Swamp Fox Quilters Bayside Quilters Seven Hills Guild Workshop Golden Triangle Guild Appleseed Quilt Guild Omaha Quilters Guild Table Rock Guild Missouri River Quilters Royal Gorge Quilters Monarch Quilters San Luis Valley Quilters Piecing Partners
Jul 8 Jul 17 Aug 6 Aug 17 Sep 9 Sep 10 Sep 25 Oct 8 Oct 9 Oct 19 Nov 4
6:45 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 10:00 AM 7:00 PM 10:00 AM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 9:30 AM 10:00 AM 6:30 PM
Fort Collins, CO Olympia, WA Abbotsford, BC Hood River, OR Bend, OR** Sunriver, OR** Salem, OR** Lockwood, IL** Glenwood, IL** Paradise, CA** Paso Robles, CA**
Rocky Mountain Creative Quilters Washington Stars Abbotsford Quilters Columbia River Gorge Quilters Mt. Batchelor Guild Mountain Meadow Quilters Mid-Valley Quilt Guild Heritage Quilters Quilters Plus Ridge Quilters Almond Country 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.
                        2019  ** indicates that a workshop is also scheduled. Contact the host organization to inquire.
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 Feb 23    10:00 AM        San Antonio, TX**                  University United Methodist Church Quilters Mar 20      7:00 PM        Denton, TX                               Denton Quilt Guild Mar 24  10:00 AM        Denton, TX**                           Minding Your P’s and Q’s workshop Mar 26   10:00 AM         Denton, TX **                          Minding Your P’s and Q’s workshop Apr 4       6:30 PM          Peoria, IL                                  Gems of the Prairie 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 13     9:00 AM         Kearney, NE**                         NET Workshop Apr14      8:00 AM         Lincoln, NE**                          NET Workshop Apr 14    1:00  PM          Lincoln, NE**                         NET Workshop Apr 15     1:00 PM           Omaha, NE**                         NET Workshop Apr 19     6:30 PM         Council Bluffs, IA                  Public Library 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 25     6:30 PM         St. Peters, MO                          Loose Thread Quilters Apr 25     9:30 AM        St.Charles, MO                        Calico Needlers     Apr 27     7:00 PM          Mexico, MO**                         Prairie Pine Guild Apr 10   1 & 7 PM         Wichita, KS                              Prairie Quilters Apr 30    9:30 AM          Shell Knob MO**                  Discovery Quilters Workshop 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    May 12    1:00 PM         Fostoria, OH**                        Visitors’ Bureau Workshop May 19  11:00 AM        Albion, IN**                            Noble County Library May 22    6:30 PM         South Whitley, IN                  South Whitley Library  Jun 9             TBD         Charlestown, IN**                  Library Workshop Jun 11   10:00 AM         Smyrna, TN**                          Friendship Guild Workshop Jun 12      9:00 AM        Hendersonville, TN**           Lakeshore Guild Workshop Jun 14    10:00 AM        Murfreesboro, TN**              Quilting Bees Workshop    Jun  29/30     TBD         Decatur, IL                               Decatur Quilt Fest                                                                                        
** Indicates that a workshop is scheduled; you may contact the host organization to inquire.                                                                                  2018
Jul 7              10:00 AM        St. Clairsville, OH             National Road Guild Jul 12             6:30 PM          Coschocton, OH**             Public Library Jul 14            10:00 AM         Lexington, OH**                Friendship Quilters Jul 16              7:00 PM          Schuylkill Haven, PA**    Schuylkill County Quilters Jul 21              TBD                Murfreesboro, TN              TVQA Asembly Day Jul 24           10:00 AM          Warwick, NY                       Warwick Valley Guild 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 Aug 23          6:30 PM           Falmouth, MA**                Crazy Quilters of Cape Cod Sep 5             7:00 PM           Pepperell, MA **               Squanicook Colonial Guild Sep 10           7:00 PM           Clifton Park, NY**            Quilt North 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 4             7:00 PM           Denton, MD                       Heartland Guild Oct 7             2:00 PM           Carlisle, PA**                     LeTort Quilters Oct 8             9:30 AM           Fayetteville, PA**              Penn Needle Quilters Oct 9             9:00 AM           Hagerstown, MD **          Antietam Quilters Oct 11           9:30 AM           Berryville, VA**                 Apple Valley Needle Threaders 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 **     Friendship Guild Workshop Oct 26          9:00 AM            Readington, NJ**               Hunterdon County Quilt 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 Nov 14         7:00 PM            Downers Grove, IL**         Faithful Circle
** Indicates that a workshop is scheduled; you may contact the host organization to inquire. 2019
Jan 15 Jan 18 Mar 5 Mar 26 Apr 4 Apr 10 Apr 13 Apr 18 May 7 May 14 May 20 May 21 Jun 8 Jun 10 Jun 15 Jun 19
Jul 8 Jul 17 Aug 6 Aug 17 Sep 9 Sep 10 Sep 25 Oct 8 Oct 9 Oct 19 Nov 4
7:00 PM 7:00 PM 9:45 AM 1:00 PM 9:30 AM 9:30 AM TBD 12:30/7 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 10:00 AM 7:00 PM 9:00 AM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM
6:45 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 10:00 AM 7:00 PM 10:00 AM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 9:30 AM 10:00 AM 6:30 PM
Boca Raton, FL** Coral Springs, FL** Lake Oconee, GA** Blairsville, GA** Florence, SC** Easton, MD** Lynchburg, VA** Beaumont, TX** Fort Wayne IN** Omaha, NE** Kimberling City, MO** Jefferson City, MO** Canon City, CO** Buena Vista, CO Monte Vista, CO** Colorado Springs, CO**
Fort Collins, CO Olympia, WA Abbotsford, BC Hood River, OR Bend, OR** Sunriver, OR** Salem, OR** Lockwood, IL** Glenwood, IL** Paradise, CA** Paso Robles, CA**
Rocky Mountain Creative Quilters Washington Stars Abbotsford Quilters Columbia River Gorge Quilters Mt. Batchelor Guild Mountain Meadow Quilters Mid-Valley Quilt Guild Heritage Quilters Quilters Plus Ridge Quilters Almond Country Quilters
Gold Coast Quilters Coral Springs Quilters Lake Oconee Quilters Misty Mountain Guild Swamp Fox Quilters Bayside Quilters Seven Hills Guild Workshop Golden Triangle Guild Appleseed Quilt Guild Omaha Quilters Guild Table Rock Guild Missouri River Quilters Royal Gorge Quilters Monarch Quilters San Luis Valley Quilters Piecing Partners