Thursday, December 30, 2010

Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail | { Featuring Author Suzi Parron } Quilt Calendar GIVEAWAY!

Hi there! Today, I have a big smile on my face. Why you ask? It's all because I get to share one of my favorite past-times with you: touring the countryside for barn quilts! Author Suzi Parron is here today to give us a little information about the history of those beautiful painted quilts scattered across 29 states. What an interesting history she's shared with me.

Barn Quilts: The American Quilt Trail (a 2011 calendar)

Located in Stone Mountain, GA, Suzi Parron is a high school English teacher by day and a writer in the hours in between. She was fortunate enough to get to know Donna Sue Groves--the original barn quilter--and to be asked by Ohio University Press to record the history of the trails and the stories behind the quilts.

Suzi contacted me way back in November to tell me all about her upcoming book and offered to send me copies of her 2011 calendar to give away to my readers. At the time she found my blog and this post chronicling my trip to Neversink, NY. I have been in love with barn quilts since that trip and long to go back for a visit one day soon.

Suzi wrote to me about how her idea for a book came about: "I discovered a barn quilt in Cadiz, KY, while camping cross-country in the summer of 2008. I immediately wanted to find a book on the subject, but none existed. So--I thought 'What the heck, I will write it!' I traced the barn quilts back to Donna Sue Groves of Adams County, Ohio.

I have been traveling across country, visiting farms and farmers, gathering the stories behind many of the trails and barns. Some of the quilts are simply art projects for a local 4-H or homemakers' club. Others carry great meaning, as they replicate a family treasure or commemorate a loved one.

The experience has transformed my life--not only by providing me with the opportunity to become a published author but also because of my friendships with Donna Sue and dozens of people across the country. And I know more about farming and barns than I ever thought I would!

As the song says, 'Take what you need and leave the rest!'"

The First Barn Quilt

According to Suzi's blog, the concept of barn quilts began with Donna Sue Groves and her wish to honor her mother, Maxine, and her Appalachian heritage by having a painted quilt hung on her barn (original quilt photo from Suzi's blog above). With the help of friends and community members, Donna Sue's vision grew to a trail of 20 quilt barns in Adams County, Ohio, which began in 2001.

This simple idea has spread to 29 states and to Canada, and the trail continues to grow. Over 2000 quilts are part of organized trails; dozens more are scattered through the countryside waiting to be discovered.

Suzi's blog is a wealth of knowledge and photos of barn quilts and their history. I encourage you to visit often as she constantly updates it. The American Quilter's Society recently named her blog "blog of the week"!

Forthcoming from Ohio University Press, "Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail" is scheduled to be released in 2011.

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Thanks for visiting with us, Suzi!

Suzi has generously given me two copies of her calendar to give away. To win one, leave a comment on this post. Only one entry per person, please. All duplicate entries will be deleted.

To view a slide show of the quilts featured in the calendar, CLICK HERE.

I will draw 2 winners using the Random Number Generator on Friday, Jan 7, 2011!

Happy reading,

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150 comments:

  1. Suzi's book and calendars sound awesome! I would love one of the calendars! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

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  2. I have seen some of the barn quilts on our travels - I do not know if they are the same ones but have seen some in Iowa and Pennsylvania I believe. Thanks for the chance of the give away
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  3. oooh that looks wonderful. I would like to travel with her--how FUN !!!

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  4. I have seen the barn quilts from time to time and don't remember where. I did find them intriguing and would love the calendar for sure--so far I don't have a calendar for the new year. I have best get gong on that!

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  5. I've never had a sewing related calendar. Would be cool to win.

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  6. what a beautiful calender!

    hanibee8@hotmail.com

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  7. I love quilts and I love barns ...together on a calendar would be a great win!!krandro

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  8. I love quilts, and I love calendars! I did not know the history of the barn quilt. Very cool!

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  9. I've never seen a barn quilt before-how fascinating! Guess I've never been to those parts of the country And I'm not sure I've ever even seen a barn here in Hawaii!

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  10. Barn Quilts-such a great idea! Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  11. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    blessed.mama4 at yahoo.com

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  12. How exciting! We have a 'barn quilt trail' here in Lake County, California. Some of the most stunning artwork (in my humble opinion) xoxo Would love to win a calendar! And I look forward to Suzi's book coming out!

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  13. I miss the midwest and it's beautiful barns. This would be a great reminder of my heritage.

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  14. We have a lot of barn quilts in Iowa. It's fun looking for them while traveling. My DH even painted a star on our whole garage door.

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  15. Thanks for sharing about the quilts. I love to snuggle under an old quilt and dream about who might have made it.

    Hugs,
    gina

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  16. What an experience...I'm always amazed at what we learn from others.

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  17. It's a lovely calender :D
    I'd love to win - Thanks for the chance!

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  18. I have only ever seen barn quilts in movies and on pictures. They look amazing :)

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  19. I want a barn quilt sooo bad, first i have to get the barn.
    We do have a few popping up around Mid-Missouri.

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  20. I really enjoy seeing the barn quilts in Iowa and Wisconsin. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

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  21. What an inspiring idea. That calendar would be beautiful to hang in my home.

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  22. Wow what a great giveaway! I would love to see a Barn Quilt in person one day. Thanks!

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  23. Every time I read about these barn quilts or see photos, I want to organize some in my home county! I would love one of the calendars to keep the idea inspired all year!
    Hugs,
    Kerry

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  24. I just love this and would one day like to tour across the land to see the barn quilts. If I had a barn I would have a quilt block on it. I asked my husband if I could paint one of the garage door. He hasn't said yes, yet.

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  25. I love passing a barn on a country road and seeing a quilt block brightly displayed! What a treat! I would love a calendar that I could admire all year long.

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  26. This would look so great on my wall! THANKS for the chance!
    ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  27. Thank you for the chance - would love a quilt calendar. Ran across a barn quilt block along a while ago but did not realize there were all these actual barns with "quilts" on them!

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  28. Very interesting! Thanks for a chance to win.

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  29. I love barns, and I love quilts, and quilts on barns are extra special!

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  30. I live in an area where there are several barn quilts, and the town nearby has expanded the idea to paint quilts on most of their buildings- quite spectacular! Thank you for giving us the opportunity to win a copy of a wonderful calendar!

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  31. Oh I have never seen those before, but I absolutely love them! You can't get much better than a cool lookin' barn with a quilt block painted on the side:) Thanks for sharing this with us! I would love a calendar. Thank you!!

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  32. I love barn quilts! I wish I had a barn!

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  33. My Mom and Dad traveled across the US a few summers ago following the Route 66. They came across these barn quilts during the trip. If I won this giveaway, I would give this calender to my Mom who quilts. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  34. Ryan, Count me in for a chance to win a calendar. I learned something new today about barn quilts. Thanks for sharing. Mom at coxville dot com

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  35. I would love one of those calenders. Thanks for showing me this blog, Happy new year to you and your familie. Jofrid

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  36. I've never heard of barn quilts - nothing like this exists in the UK so I'm off to google them and see what I can discover!
    Thank you

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  37. Thank you for sharing this giveaway.

    All the very best for 2011!

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  38. Very interesting topic - residents of our county have started to erect barn quilts. Would love to take a calendar off your hands. Thanks. Robert, in northern Iowa.

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  39. I love that! They finally started a barn quilt trail in Northern California. I saw a couple before I left. Now I need to see if there are any near Massachusetts.

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  40. I want a barn! Love it!

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  41. Wow! Incredible story! I can't wait for the book to come out and get my hands on the calendar! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

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  42. Thanks for sharing this Ryan! I love barn quilts! Western North Carolina has some amazing barn quilts (quilt blocks)as well. If anyone is interested here's the link to the site: http://www.quilttrailswnc.org

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  43. How nice to "meet" Suzi. I live in central Kentucky and there are probably ten barn quilts in the surrounding area. Would love to win a calender!
    Happy Stitching!
    gale
    galew417@comcast.net

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  44. Barn Quilts rock....thanks for the opportunity...HAppy New YEar

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  45. Janet ~ Lola Pink FabricsDecember 31, 2010 at 8:47 AM

    What a beautiful calendar. I love the barns!!

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  46. What a great way to wed my love of quilts and hubby's love of barns for this year's calender! Do you know how hard it is to agree on a calender each year??? He wants tractors or to use the calenders given at his favorite garage..I want scripture or something pretty...always an adventure seeing who wins out each year....this year may have us both very pleased!

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  47. I just love old barns and quilts (of course). Thanks for having such a fantastic giveaway and for sharing the story behind the barn quilts.

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  48. Barn quilts.. a wonderful phenomena! Beautiful. And who knew Neversink was full of them?

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  49. There is a barn quilt near us! I never gave it a second thought before!! What a wonderful idea!

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  50. Lovely - wish I had a barn to put one on!

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  51. Those are awesome! I looked through some of the pictures and saw the one in Marion Co. Kentucky. That's not too far away from me. I'll have to check it out. I'll also have to check out the one in Cadiz that she found because that one is almost in my back yard! :)

    Thank you so much for such a great giveaway! Now I want a barn so I can have one!

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  52. I am definitely on my way to Suzi's blog. Saw several barn quilts while on vacation in WI and would love to know more.

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  53. I would love to win one of the calendars! Cool giveaway!

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  54. Funny, I bought lots of people on my Christmas list calenders and I don't have a new one myself...I'd love to win one of these!

    I'm a big fan of Barn Quilts, so thanks for the giveaway, have a Happy New Year along with all its blessings!

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  55. Love those barn quilts! Would love to have this calendar. I went to hang up the 2011 calendar for home, only to realize I didn't have one! :) This one would work perfectly!

    Sandy A

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  56. Oh my, barns are one of my things and quilts on them makes it perfect! please add me to the chance to win.

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  57. What a great idea for a book. I will definitely being buying this one for my mom. Thanks.

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  58. In Wisconsin we have barns with quilts on them, too! One of the ladies at my quilt shop is way into finding them. I think it is cool! One quilter I saw made an ohio star block to put in the cover of her spare tire on the back of her car. That was cool, too.

    Mary Malone
    maryandruss@wi.rr.com

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  59. I would love to have this calendar to put in my sewing room!! We saw 3 of these barns in TN over Thanksgiving.

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  60. I'd love to have the calendar!! We have seen some barn quilts in Indiana and Wisconsin.
    Brenda

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  61. Would love to have this calendar. I became acquainted with barn quilts this past year through AccuQuilt's competition (which I won). My "barn quilt" now adorns their gbuilding in Nebraska.

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  62. It always brightens my day when I see a barn quilt.

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  63. I loved reading her blog! And I'd love to win one of the calendars! I'd love to have a barn quilt on the side of my garden shed... it's on my wish list. :)

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  64. i absolutely love finding these barns when we travel! great giveaway!

    bess :)

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  65. I'd love to win the Barn Quilts Calendar - I used to take black & white photos of barns - I love how the barn quilts aren't commercialized and a secret waiting to be told!

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  66. I'd love to happen upon one of these barn quilts in person! Next best thing: win the calendar.

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  67. I just did an article for our quilt guild newsletter on barn quilts. Would love to win the calendar! Thanks!

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  68. This would be so fun to have. What a great idea for the barn quilts. It's kind of like a treasure hunt.

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  69. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome calender. I would love to travel the country and take photos of old barns.

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  70. I had no idea about these... thanks for the introduction :)

    caitlindevlin(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  71. Have seen the barn quilts in Wisconsin and they look lovely!
    Owning the book would be a pleasure.

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  72. Thank you for the introduction to Suzi's blog - I am now a follower of her blog and will look forward to new posts while I read old posts.

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  73. Cool calendar. Thanks for the opportunity to win. Best wishes to everyone for a happy and healthy New Year!

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  74. How wonderful! My mother, the quilter in the family, would have loved the barn quilts. Barns were another passion of hers.

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  75. Would love to enjoy the scenery and the quilts all year long!

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  76. I see the barn quilts as a truly American element. It makes me wish I had a barn to paint one on. Hanging quilts and painting the blocks on barns verifies their artistic form.

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  77. Gorgeous giveaway, Ryan!!!
    would love that calendar:-)
    sandangels1945@hotmail.com

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  78. Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance. My mom is obsessed with Barn Quilts. I'd give this to her.

    Happy New Year!

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  79. I love barns and I love quilts, so this would be great to win. Kathie L in Allentown

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  80. I have always wanted to see one of these. I will definitely check out her blog. Thanks for the chance to win and happy new year!

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  81. I wish I had a barn just so that I COULD have one of these. Guess I'd be happy with the calendar! :o) Happy New Year!

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  82. I love barn quilts. Thanks for a chance.

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  83. Love barns and always notice them on the drive to my daughters. Would love the calendar!

    billie

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  84. Since we have barns (I'm just sayin' we subscribe to RFD TV and Progressive Farmer) on our farm, and my mother / I both quilt, this would be a wonderful calendar for us to use! Thanks for the opportunity to read more about quilts on American barns via the interview, and to enter this cool giveaway. Happy New Year.

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  85. I've seen some barns here in
    Ohio. There beautful

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  86. I have seen some barn quilts and plan to travel and see more when I retire. I wish it was now.

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  87. I love this calendar! I've seen quite a few of the quilt barns along the roads here in Central KY. I've had the idea for a while to visit all the local barns, and to make a quilt using each of the designs as a block.

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  88. My son has adorned my kitchen wall with a Muscle Car calendar. Somehow I would MUCH prefer this one! Thanks for the chance to win, do come enter my giveaways too!

    -Mary, The Curious Quilter

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  89. Enjoyed the pictures if the barn quilts. Thank you for sharing this and fir the giveaway too.

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  90. What a great calendar and the book sounds wonderful as well. Just this past November while on the way to one of our sons' homes we passed a farm and they had two or three barn quilts on them. Those were the first I've seen around me but I knew there were a bunch around this area

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  91. I had the chance to see some barn quilts on my travels in Iowa. They were stunning and the paintings are huge.
    Thank you for the give away.

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  92. thankk you for share with us this barn quilts. thank you for the chance. happy new year

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  93. Happy New Year! What a fun calendar. I keep thinking of doing a mini version since I don't have a barn but only an old agrage\outbuilding, but I haven't decided on a block yet.

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  94. great calander! my mom has a quilt block on her barn...love it!

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  95. My mom has been talking about barn quilts for awhile now - that looks like a calendar she would love!

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  96. A beautiful calendar. It is always so much fun when you come across these while driving.

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  97. What a treasure. Thanks for the chance!

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  98. I would love this calendar! :)

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  99. Quilts and barns, two of my favorite things to look at, all in one calendar? Love it!

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  100. Thank you, Ryan, for posting about the barn quilts - I think it's just fascinating!
    I, too, along with everyone else, could use a calendar ( I don't have one at work and this would be a great addition to my cubicle wall!).
    Your boys are great, thanks for showing them off!
    Beth in Dallas

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  101. What a neat giveaway! I used to live in PA and loved seeing the barns there.
    Micki

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  102. These barns are great. One of these calendars would be great. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  103. There is certainly some amazing barns in America. We don't have anything like those ones here in Australia!t

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  104. Very cool calender!Thanks for the opportunity to win!=)

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  105. I grew up on a farm with a barn and never knew about barn quilts until I started quilting! So fun.

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  106. Beautiful! The pictures make me wish I had a barn to paint!

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  107. Love the "quilts" on the barns. A local quilt shop has a similar theme on their storefront :)

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  108. What a fun calendar! I just found your blog and love it!

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  109. Two things I adore, quilts and old barn photos! What a cool story behind the barn quilts. I look forward to the book.

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  110. I love barn quilts, and we're actually going to paint one on our little shed (which is Jeff's studio) out back this spring. I just need to decide what block to paint. We have tons of barns with painted quilts on them in SW Ohio!

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  111. Wonderful subject matter for a book and calendar!

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  112. I love the barn quilts- they are so rich looking. Both sets of my grandparents were farmers so barns have special appeal.
    Thanks for the chance to win such a nice prize.
    A Happy New Year to you and yours Ryan!

    Regards,
    Anna

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  113. Beautiful calendar. Would look great hanging over my sewing machine. Hope I win.

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  114. I always wondered where the concept of barn quilts came from. Interesting info! Thanks

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  115. I think barn quilts are wonderful. I don't have a barn, but I considered painting a quilt block on my garage door. I haven't got DH convinced yet.

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  116. My family took an 11-state road trip this past summer (I blogged about it), and one of our favorite things to look for was Barn Quilts! I had no idea there was a calendar with them! I will have to go out and buy one if I don't win this one! Thanks for the giveaway chance!

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  117. I love the barn quilts. We have a barn and I would love to have a quilt on it. But I would be very happy with a calendar.

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  118. How lovely. I just love the quilt barns - my quilting friend and I do the tour in Ohio of some of them. Thanks for a chance to win!happy new year.

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  119. What a lovely giveaway, I would just love to win!

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  120. What a lovely giveaway, I would just love to win!

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  121. What a beautiful calendar! I just moved to TN and started taking my own pictures of the quilts on barns here. I was surprised to see I have a lot to find! :)

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  122. I have seen a few of the barns in Ohio - but going 85 mph doesn't give you much time to enjoy.

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  123. would love a chance to win one of the calendars! Thanks!

    http://sweet-quilt-n-bee-shoppe.blogspot.com/

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  124. What a BEAUTIFUL giveaway to start the new year ! I love calendars ... and I collect barns ... so it's a perfect match! Thanks for the chance, Ryan... always love your blog!

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  125. Lovely - inspiring - calendar. I have the perfect place to hang one! Happy quilting.

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  126. Wish I'd known about Barn Quilts when I was visiting the US a few months ago - would have loved to have seen them in real life. I would love one of the calendars. Thanks for the chance.

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  127. I just love barn quilts. Wish I had a barn. Thanks for the giveaway, congrats to the winner.

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  128. Jan 7 is my oldest sons' birthday so maybe I'll be lucky! And I need a calendar! Would love this one in my kitchen.

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  129. Count me in the draw please. Love your giveaways!!

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  130. Happy New Year Ryan. Thank you so much for all that you do in the quilting world. I always love your sight. I don't know how you do all that you do. I wish I was 20 and could design quilts and be a blogger. I am a newbie to both. The picture you posted of the Marine quilt with Dan Stiles Fabric by Elizabeth Hartman was just fabulous. I may have never found it otherwise. I have never seen a barn quilt but think they are fabulous and think that maybe there is a way to incorporate them on the outside of my home. Keep up the excellent work.

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  131. How wonderful! Thanks for the chance!

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  132. What a cool idea. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  133. Oh, I don't have a calendar for this year yet! It would be so awesome to look at those gorgeous barns each day! I hope I win!
    I just found your blog, by the way, and I'm really enjoying looking at the older posts, and can't wait to see what you add next!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com
    (I don't have a blog, so I put the address just in case I am lucky enough to win!!)

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  134. Oh, I'd love to win. I don't have a 2011 calendar yet. And this one looks beautiful.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  135. I don't have a 2011 calendar either and this one looks great. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  136. Oh! Pick me! Pick me!
    Thanks for the chance - the calendar looks wonderful.

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  137. I love it!! I happen to love barns too so this would be great! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  138. This sounds great! Thanks so much to both of you for the chance to win.

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  139. I am painting a "barn quilt" to put on my shed this spring, just to add a little color. Thanks for the chance to win this great giveaway!
    lynchmob4022@sbcglobal.net

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  140. Count me in! I'd love to win a copy!

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  141. I'd love to win one of these beautiful calendars. They'd brighten up my kitchen so well.

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  142. I have read about the tours and visited many of the websites which show a lot of the Barn quilts. I would love one of these calendars as I am a Quilter, who is very homesick for all the old barns where I grew up. I have long been a fan of old barn preservation as well. Thanks

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  143. I would LOVE to do this tour someday. These are so neat to see and read about!

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  144. Ryan,

    I hope the lucky winners enjoy their calendars--the reception so far has been really positive.

    Thanks again for hosting this giveaway. I am glad to see that your readers are enjoying finding out about barn quilts!

    I hope your readers will continue to stop on by and see me from time to time.

    All the best,

    Suzi

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  145. What a great book! I've recently learned about barn quilts and think they sound so great! There is a trail of them in MD, I want to visit it sometime soon!

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