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Local barn quilt to represent state
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MONROE - Artwork on a Green County barn has been chosen to represent Wisconsin in the new American Quilt Trail Redwork Kit by historic needlework designer, The Posy Collection.

The "Italian Tile" design on Yvonne Devoe's barn on Twin Grove Road is 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. Devoe chose hers, for example, because the bright colors inspire her during early morning farm work.

Other states with quilts featured in the kit include: Michigan, 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 more information on the quilt trail movement and Parron's book, visit For details on the American Quilt Trail Redwork Kit, visit