Monday, May 22, 2017

Kathryn's Beautiful Barn



You will definitely want to double click on this photo
to supersize it so you can enjoy the details.

Kathryn was one of the students in 
my recent local barn building class.

Like many quilters, she was concerned
about the liberated nature of free piecing
since she prefers points that match
and blocks that are symmetrical.

Happily she discovered that free pieced barns
can be liberated and symmetrical at the same time.

I think her barn is gorgeous.

Congratulations, Kathryn!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Lynne's Red Barn Block


This is the second barn block that Lynne loaned
to me for use in two recent classes.

The red Weare barn block measures 25" tall x 31" wide.

If you double click the photo, it will supersize.




I love how she pieced the floodlight.




Just look at the tiny details she pieced into the barn doors and windows.




Fabric choices really do matter.





Thank you Lynne for sharing your barns with my students!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Lynne's Green Barn Block

Approx. 32" tall x 36" wide

hanging on my design wall - double clicking will supersize the photo.

That large leafy print in the background
does such a good job of setting the barn
into its heavily wooded surroundings.




Before I sent it home,
I took a couple of detail photos
to show you how each small decision
impacts the overall free pieced result.

Look at the window above the blue barn door.

See how she used two fabrics to indicate broken window panes?

And look at the framing for the small window
in the barn's peak.




She used three fabrics to create the light pole,
each adding texture and dimension.

Subtle but oh so effective.



Monday, May 1, 2017

Debbie's Harvest Barn

double click to supersize photo


Last year during the SSOBB Blog Hop,
Debbie shared her Harvest Barn in this post.

We all know it is one thing to see a quilt through photos
and another, very different, thing to see the quilt in person.

Debbie kindly shared her Harvest Barn 
with my class at The Folk School last month.

Of course while the barn was there I just HAD to take these photos.

Enjoy!













Thank you, Debbie for sharing your barn quilt with my students.


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Have YOU built a barn?

If so, I'll be happy to share your work here.
( email address is my profile in the sidebar)

Monday, April 24, 2017

On the Road Again



Nancy from Blogging Near Philadelphia shared this photo
of BUILD A BARN's Seasonal Sampler
at the recent AQS Lancaster show.

Thank you, Nancy!




Wendy from The Constant Quilter
also shared photos of The Seasonal Sampler
from the Lancaster show in a recent blog post.




Here is Wendy's photo of the name tag
that travels with the quilt.




Thank you, Wendy!

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Two of this year's AQS shows have come and gone
but there are still four more shows on the 2017 calendar:

Apr. 26 – 29 will be Spring Paducah, KY

Aug. 16 – 19 will be the show at Grand Rapids, MI

Sep. 13 – 16 will be Fall Paducah, KY

and

Oct. 4 – 7 will be Des Moines, IA

If you go to any of these shows and see 
The Seasonal Sampler in the Authors' Exhibit,
please take a photo (serious or silly) and email it to me.

Thanks!


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

More Student Barns from The Folk School



This is Brenda's second barn and her very first silo.

Be sure to double-click these photos
so you can enjoy the details.




This is Sandra's second barn adorned with
hay bales and pumpkins, a dog and a tractor,
and a haymow sign for Farm Fresh Eggs.




This is Sandra's third barn
which ended up being nicknamed
 "The Psychedelic Barn"

The fabrics themselves inspired this one 
and we all enjoyed watching it come to life.

Instead of using the candy-colored stripe in its original form,
it was cut into 4.5" squares and sewed back together 
rail fence style before it was used to light up the sky.


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We had so much fun during our week together!