Saturday, October 27, 2018

Congratulations to Wendy!

Wendy's free pieced barn quilt is a winner!!

Wendy was part of one of my local barn building classes
and I was so impressed with all the little extras she included
like the triple edged roof line,
the fussy cut and double-framed haymow,
and a secondary shuttered window with flowers.

She quilted her piece on her DSM
and took full advantage of the many different stitch styles
to lend even more interest and texture.

You can double click this last full-view photo
to enjoy all the details.


Saturday, October 6, 2018

AQS Virginia Beach - Quilt Sighting

It took some effort on their part,
but Tina (L) and her friend Jennifer (R)
were finally able to spend quality time
with The Seasonal Sampler
at the AQS Virginia Beach show.

They had searched and searched without luck
until they started asking AQS folks 
where they could find the quilt.


Somehow it had been missed 
during the frenzy of unpacking 
and getting the show ready to open.

The Sampler was quickly pulled from its traveling trunk
and displayed in the Author/iQuilt Showcase area.

Tina and Jennifer examined every little detail 
and shared that seeing the quilt in person 
was the highlight of their visit.

I am thrilled and amazed at how good 
The Seasonal Sampler looks after four-plus years 
of traveling all across the USA.

Seeing these photos is like visiting with an old friend -
thanks to Tina and Jennifer for sharing their visit.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Two More Barns from Glen's Recent Trip

In Glen's words:

"Here are two barns.

I believe they were located 
in the village of Liepvre France."

"Liepvre began as a monastery in the 8th Century 
through a monk called Bobolinus.  

King Charlemagne talked about it in 774."

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Glen Shares a German Barn

SSOBB Charter Member Glenda Parks and her husband
have just returned from a trip to Europe.

At one point she texted me this photo
with a simple caption ...

German Barn!

You can read more about their adventures on her blog.

Her first trip-related post is HERE.

Thanks, Glen - Barns are awesome all around the world!

Monday, August 6, 2018

Spreading the Word

Let's help spread the word
about our love for barns
and free pieced barn building . . .

We have several hashtags on Instagram
and the more we share images of barns and
our free pieced barn (or other building) projects,
the better for all of us!

The primary hashtag is 


but we also use






When you discover a grand old barn
or one that is in a sad state of dis-repair,
stop and take a photo or two
and share them on Instagram
using the four hashtags above.

(and if you are not on Instagram,
email the photos to me using
julie at sefton dot info
and I'll share them here along with
credit to you as the photographer)

LOTS of people love barns,
so let's share that joy.

Barns deserve our respect and appreciation -

so let's share more barn photos!

Monday, July 30, 2018

And Another One Begins

continues to work on her series 
of free-pieced churches.

This one - San Miguel in Santa Fe NM -
is the next one she plans to re-create.

Challenges include the height of the church
and the fact that it is made of adobe.

Stay tuned!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

A Winter Barn by Becca

Look what Becca Fenstermaker built!

Inspired by the Winter Barn from
BUILD A BARN's Seasonal Sampler,
she created this "Christmas in July" barn
in response to the current annual challenge
for her county fair.

I think her Christmas tree is wonderful,
and check out that red and white barn quilt
above the barn's double doors.

And isn't this a gorgeous Christmas wreath for the haymow!

Here is her finished quilt.

(you can double click these photos
to supersize them for even more detail)

You can find more of Becca's work on her website
or by following her on Instagram - @prettypiney

Thanks, Becca - I hope your entry wins the blue ribbon!

Added later - 

And Becca DID win a blue ribbon
for her free pieced barn quilt.