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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 barn quilt painting workshop. 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. 
Barn Quilt Info
 
2021
2022
Now offering lectures Via  ZOOM!   If your guild is unable to meet in person, we can still “visit” virtually!  My slide show adapts perfectly to the Zoom platform.  Through Spring of 2021, I will be booking Zoom lectures only. Once your guild is meeting in person, you might find that your budget (or the chance of winter weather) makes having a guest speaker difficult.  To fill that need, I will continue to offer my lecture via Zoom in coming years. 
Jan 19                 ZOOM                                 Lake County Quilters Feb 16                 ZOOM                                Southern Wake Guild                           Feb 27                 ZOOM                                Palm Beach County Quilters Mar 1                  ZOOM                                Chattahoochee Evening Stars Mar 2                  ZOOM                                Allatoona Quilters Guild Mar 4                  ZOOM                                Palmer Divide Guild Mar 5                  ZOOM                                Southford Falls Guild Mar 15                ZOOM                                York County Quilters Mar 18                ZOOM                                Palmetto Quilt Guild Mar 20                ZOOM                                Devine Quilters Apr 13                ZOOM                                Evening Star Quilters Apr 15                ZOOM                                 Ellington Country Quilters Apr 16                ZOOM                                 Sweet Union Guild Apr 20                ZOOM                                 Greater Columbia Quilters Apr 22                ZOOM                                 Covington Quilters May 1                 ZOOM                                 Tidewater Guild May 10               ZOOM                                 River Heritage Quilt Guild May 18               Brownsburg, IN**            Scrapbasket Guild Jun 3                   ZOOM                                Illinois Quilters, Inc. Jun 19                 Fostoria, OH                      Barn Quilt Festival Lecture Jun  26                ZOOM                                Vermont Quilt Festival Jul 15                  ZOOM                                Santa Rosa Guild Jul  21                 ZOOM                                Peninsula Quilters      Aug 4                  ZOOM                               Northern Lake County Quilters Aug 5                  McHenry, IL**                   Country Quilters of McHenry Aug 12                Jackson, WI**                    It’s a Stitch Guild Aug 16                Loveland, CO**                 League of Northern Colorado Quilters Aug 18                Glenwood, IL**                 Quilters Plus workshop only Aug 20                Kenney, IL**                      Salt Creek Quilters Aug 23                Marion, IA**                      East Iowa Heirloom Quilters Aug 27               Brookfield, CT**                Cotton Candy Fabrics Sep 8                  ZOOM                                 Berry Basket Guild Sep 9                  Morris, IL**                        Pieces from the Heart Sep 14                Temple, TX**                      Wildflower Guild Sep  28               Los Alamos, NM**            Los Alamos Piecemakers Oct 11                Prescott Valley, AZ**         Thumb Butte Quilters Oct 12                ZOOM                                  Riverwalk Quilters Oct 13                ZOOM                                  Sunbonnet Sue Guild Oct 18                Prescott Valley, AZ**         Mountaintop Quilters Oct 21                ZOOM                                  Quilters Unlimited Fairfax Oct 26                ZOOM                                  Quilters Unlimited Mt. Vernon Nov 4                 ZOOM                                  Heartland Quilt Guild Nov 13               Palm Desert, CA**            Coachella Valley Quilters
ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM Smith Mtn Lake, VA Lee’s Summit, MO** Porter, IN** Champaign, IL** Blue Ash, OH** ZOOM Flemington, NJ** Sebago, ME** Hudson, NH** Taunton, MA** Walpole, MA** Millersville, MD Linthicum, MD Snellville, GA** Ahtens, GA**
Ottawa Valley Quilters Quinobequin Quilters Boundary Bay Quilters VA Consortium of Quilters Retreat Lee’s Summit Quilters String A Long Guild Illini Country Quilters Ohio Valley Quilters Virginia Quilt Museum Courthouse Quilters Sew-Clusion Retreat Hannah Dustin Guild Silver City Guild Rhododendron Needlers Eternal Quilters Friendship Quilters Gwinnett Quilters Cotton Patch Quilters
Feb 7 Feb 13 Feb 18 Feb 22 Feb 23
Eustis, FL ** Land O’Lakes,, FL** Jupiter, FL** Melbourne, FL** Vero Beach, FL**
Lake County Guild Cypress Creek Quilters Palm Beach Quilters Seaside Piecemakers Sunbonnet Sue Guild
2023
Jan 10 Jan 11 Apr 19 Apr 22 Jun 13 Jul 14 Jul 28 Aug 4 Aug 13 Aug 20 Sep 16 Oct 3 Oct 17 Oct 19 Nov 10 Nov 10 Nov 15 Nov 15
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.
2021
2022
Now offering quilt guild lectures and workshops via ZOOM! If your quilt guild is meeting via Zoom, my program is perfect for the online platform!   T he slideshow format adapts perfectly to Zoom, and guilds have really enjoyed being a ble to bring a full program to their members. To see a sample of how my barn quilt Zoom program looks, you can view a couple of brief videos on Youtube by clicking HERE Any questions at all?  Please get in touch.  Suziparron@gmail.com Let’s bring a barn quilt program to your guild via Zoom!  I am also booking in-person events for 2022 and 2023.                     
2023
Feb 7 Feb 13 Feb 18 Feb 22 Feb 23
Eustis, FL ** Land O’Lakes, FL** Jupiter, FL** Melbourne, FL** Vero Beach, FL**
Lake County Guild Cypress Creek Guild Palm Beach Quilters Seaside Piecemakers Sunbonnet Sue Guild
Jan 19                 ZOOM                                 Lake County Quilters Feb 16                 ZOOM                                Southern Wake Guild                           Feb 27                 ZOOM                                Palm Beach County Quilters Mar 1                  ZOOM                                Chattahoochee Evening Stars Mar 2                  ZOOM                                Allatoona Quilters Guild Mar 4                  ZOOM                                Palmer Divide Guild Mar 5                  ZOOM                                Southford Falls Guild Mar 15                ZOOM                                York County Quilters Mar 18                ZOOM                                Palmetto Quilt Guild Mar 20                ZOOM                                Devine Quilters Apr 13                ZOOM                                Evening Star Quilters Apr 15                ZOOM                                 Ellington Country Quilters Apr 16                ZOOM                                 Sweet Union Guild Apr 20                ZOOM                                 Greater Columbia Quilters Apr 22                ZOOM                                 Covington Quilters May 1                 ZOOM                                 Tidewater Guild May 10               ZOOM                                 River Heritage Quilt Guild May 18               Brownsburg, IN**            Scrapbasket Guild Jun 3                   ZOOM                                Illinois Quilters, Inc. Jun 19                 Fostoria, OH                      Barn Quilt Festival Lecture Jun  26                ZOOM                                 Vermont Quilt Festival Jul 15                  ZOOM                                Santa Rosa Quilters Jul  21                 ZOOM                                Peninsula Quilters     Aug 4                  ZOOM                               Northern Lake County Quilters Aug 5                  McHenry, IL**                   Country Quilters of McHenry Aug 10                Naperville, IL**                 Riverwalk Quilters Aug 12                Jackson, WI**                    It’s a Stitch Guild Aug 16               Loveland, CO**                  League of Northern Colorado Quilters Aug 18               Glenwood, IL**                 Quilters Plus workshop only Aug 20               Kenney, IL**                      Salt Creek Quilters Aug 23               Marion, IA**                      East Iowa Heirloom Quilters Aug 27               Brookfield, CT**               Cotton Candy Fabrics Sep 7                  Holland, IL**                     Heritage Quilters Sep 8                  ZOOM                                 Berry Basket Guild Sep 9                  Morris, IL**                        Pieces from the Heart Sep 14                Temple, TX**                     Wildflower Guild Sep  28               Los Alamos, NM**            Los Alamos Piecemakers Oct 11                Prescott Valley, AZ**         Thumb Butte Quilters Oct 12                ZOOM                                 Riverwalk Quilters Oct 13                ZOOM                                 Sunbonnet Sue Guild Oct 18                Prescott Valley, AZ**         Mountaintop Quilters Oct 21                ZOOM                                  Quilters Unlimited Fairfax Oct 26                ZOOM                                  Quilters Unlimited Mt. Vernon Nov 4                ZOOM                                   Heartland Quilt Guild Nov 13               Palm Desert, CA**            Coachella Valley Quilters
Jan 10 Jan 11 Apr 19 Apr 22 Jun 13 Jul 14 Jul 28 Aug 4 Aug 13 Aug 20 Sep 16 Oct 3 Oct 17 Oct 19 Nov 10 Nov 10 Nov 15 Nov 15
ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM Smith Mountain Lake, VA Lee’s Summit, MO** Porter, IN** Champaign, IL** Blue Ash, OH** ZOOM Flemington, NJ** Sebago, ME** Hudson, NH** Taunton, MA** Walpole, MA** Millersville, MD Linthicum, MD Snellville, GA** Athens, GA**
Ottawa Valley Quilters Quinobequin Quilters Boundary Bay Quilters VA Consortium of Quilters Retreat Lee’s Summit Quilters String A Long Guild Illini Country Quilters Ohio Valley Quilt Guild Virginia Quilt Museum Courthouse Quilters Sew-Clusion Retreat Hannah Dustin Guild Silver City Guild Rhododendron Needlers Eternal Quilters Friendship Quilters Gwinnett Quilters Cotton Patch Quilters