Wednesday, December 11, 2013

News Release - December 11, 2013

The barn quilt “revolution” is gaining momentum through the Kansas Flint Hills, according to the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail Committee. The Trail, formed only a year ago, already promotes 55 block locations in 16 of the 22 Kansas Flint Hills Counties, with several locations displaying multiple blocks.

The Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail was formed to promote tourism and rural pride throughout the 22 county region, and is sponsored by the Kansas Flint Hills Tourism Coalition.

The “quilt trail” idea began nationally in Ohio when Donna Sue Groves vowed to paint a barn quilt block to “dress up” a tobacco barn for her mother on their farm back in 2001. Suzi Parron became intrigued with barn blocks on her travels and developed the American Quilt Tail, which promotes the internet based directory of barn blocks throughout the country. One only needs to view, to map trails throughout the United States and parts of Canada. The Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail is linked to the American Quilt Trail, offering promotion of the Flint Hills nationally.

The barn quilt art is gaining momentum in preparation for a visit from Suzi Parron, as she researches the countryside in ready for her new book, tentatively titled, “Farther Along the Quilt Trail.” Suzi Parron plans to visit the Flint Hills in April, 2014, and will include a Kansas chapter in her new book. The Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail will host a program, luncheon, and book signing of her original book, “Barn Quilts And The American Quilt Trail Movement,” Saturday, April 5th in Manhattan. Barn quilt enthusiasts are encouraged to register their barn quilt blocks with the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail in advance of Suzi Parron’s visit in April.

Suzi Parron has announced that she has chosen Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail barn quilt artist, Sue Hageman’s, wintry image of her “Flying Geese Variation” quilt design to be featured in the 2014 Barn Quilt Calendar. The calendar features barn quilts from thirteen states, and is available at

The Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail will be featured as part of an exhibit at the Kansas Museum of History, 6425 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka, January 17 – August 31, 2014. The exhibit, “Speaking of Quilts: Voices from the Collection and the Community,” will not only include commemorative quilts, such as the Potwin quilt, and newly acquired quilts, but also an actual four foot square barn quilt block painted by Sue Hageman. Hageman won the 2013 AccuQuilt Barn Quilt Block Contest with the design planned for the display, which also designates the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail as its logo.

This fall the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail has offered Barn Quilt 101 Classes throughout the Flint Hills region where barn quilt enthusiasts may learn hands-on how to produce a barn block of their own. Barn Quilt 101 Classes and Presentations explaining the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail and barn block making may be arranged by contacting the committee at

To follow the barn quilt trails through the Flint Hills, and to keep abreast of the activities and events of the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail, link to, or e-mail for more information. Those serving on the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail Committee are Marcia Rozell, Tourism Sales Manager, Manhattan Convention Visitors Bureau; Abby Amick, Wabaunsee County Economic Development Director; Sue Hageman, Riley County, and Connie Larson, president of Ag Heritage Park in Alta Vista.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Barn Quilt 101 Class
Saturday, December 7, 2013
1:00 p.m.
Community Building, located at the corner of 2nd St. & Main St.
Call Bobbi Prinz to pre-register - 785-456-3535, 785-457-3436
Pre-registration required. $35.00 fee on arrival at class.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail
101 Class
Alma, November 2, 2013

Monday, November 4, 2013

Down The Trail
By Ron Wilson, Poet Lariat
Reprinted with Permission
Some cowboys herded longhorns up the dusty Chisholm Trail.
Some modern folks like trail rides, with horses head to tail.
But there’s a new kind of trail, now that the story’s spilt,
That carries the kind of folks who want to wrangle a barn quilt.
“What’s a barn quilt?” you say. Well, I surely didn’t know,
Until the topic came up here several months ago.
t seems a lady in Ohio took a quilt square design, and painted it upon a board.
It was ki
nd of like a sign.
Then that sign was placed upon the side of her barn,
And they called it a “barn quilt” to complete this truthful yarn.
These colorful barn quilts grew in popularity
And spread across the countryside for everyone to see.
Then people got together in a region or county,

To organize some trips to see the Barn quilt bounty.
They call them barn quilt trails, where people go and ride,
To see these pretty barn quilts sprinkled through the countryside.
Now the Flint Hills of Kansas has organized a group

So folks can see these pretty sights
As they travel in a loop.
We give thanks for artists, barn owners and others that this may entail,
And for those modern-day wranglers who travel

The barn quilt trail.
Happy (quilt) Trails!

(copyright 2013)

Sunday, November 3, 2013

To The
Tonganoxie Historical Society
Barn Quilt 101 Class
Saturday, October 26th
Pave the Way For The
Leavenworth County Barn Quilt Trail!
Follow their success at
Tonganoxie Community Historical Society Facebook


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail
Has Busy Week of
Barn Quilt 101 Classes!
Monday, October 14th, Westmoreland
Thursday, October 17th, Olsburg
Saturday, October 19th, Abilene
Saturday, October 19th, Alma