As part of the 2015-16 SAGES’ Second Graders “Barn Quilt” Project, they’ll host author, Suzi Parron, at SAGES to inform others of the barn quilt trail movement. This event is FREE and Open to the Public. 

Suzi Parron discovered barn quilts on a trip through Kentucky in 2008. She documented over one thousand barn quilts in the process of writing her 2012 book, “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement;” her second book, “Following the Barn Quilt Trail,” was published in 2016. It features a twenty-page chapter on the barn quilts of Wisconsin, including six photos from the Shawano County project. 

In her talk, Suzi will take us 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. Suzi's hour-long 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 program is both informative and entertaining, as Suzi explores the way in which our quilting heritage takes on new meaning as this movement continues to expand. Suzi will have books on hand for sale and signing — be sure to bring your checkbook!

What: Author to Visit SAGES!

When: Tuesday, June 14 at 6:30 pm

Where: School for Agricultural & Environmental Studies (SAGES’) Gym

  • 200 S. Depot Street - Fox Lake, Wisconsin 53933

Why: As part of the 2015-16 SAGES’ 2nd Graders “Barn Quilt” Project, they’ll host author, Suzi Parron, at SAGES to inform others of the barn quilt trail movement.

This special interdisciplinary project began as an extension to a unit on measurement and shapes in math, but intertwined studies in social studies, agriculture, and art, as well as persuasive writing.

View all 15 quilts on the "SAGES' Barn Quilt Trail" and learn more about this community-based project here



The vision of SAGES is the creation of culture that actively and thoughtfully conserves and sustains the land, flora and fauna that comprise our environment and food sources.

Our mission is to produce responsible, productive citizens who have both a local
and global perspective and are committed to preserving and sustaining national
and world environments, food sources and other natural resources.

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