Local barn quilt chosen to represent Michigan

Artwork on an Alcona County barn has been chosen to represent Michigan in the new American Quilt Trail Redwork Kit by historic needlework designer The Posy Collection.

The sunflower design on Bill and Billie Thompson’s circa-1940 barn is also featured in the book “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement” by Suzi Parron and Donna Sue Groves.

Barn quilts from 12 states were selected for the redwork kit, which features a form of needle art that uses red thread on natural-colored fabric.

“Barn quilts are colorful patterns of quilt squares painted on panels and hung on barns and buildings that capture the spirit of American quilting and local heritage,” said Posy Lough, owner of The Posy Collection. “We took some of the more iconic ones and put them together in a kit for quilt lovers and stitchers to enjoy.”

In addition to being a work of art, each barn quilt tells a story unique to its owner or property in which it is placed. The Thompson’s sunflower design, for instance, blooms brightly against the white barn overlooking the roadside where Billie’s flowers and vegetables are sold.

Groves, to whom the kit is dedicated, conceived of the barn quilt concept. She worked with her Ohio community to create the first quilt trail to honor her mother, thus inspiring the quilt trail movement. Now, thousands of barns across the United States feature quilt-like designs.

Lough and Parron worked together to choose the patterns and interpret them for the redwork design. The kit offers three finishing options: a pieced quilt, a pillow with wholecloth quilt or a pillow with 12 individual ornaments.

Kits can be purchased online at www.barnquiltinfo.com.

Other states with barn quilts featured in the redwork kit include: Wisconsin, Illinois, New York, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, West Virginia, Iowa, Texas, Ohio and Oregon.

The Posy Collection has been translating American history into needlework kits for more than two decades. Designs depict everything from presidential homes and historic sites to natural wonders and famous Americans.

For details on the American Quilt Trail Redwork Kit, visit www.posycollection.com.