Thursday, August 3, 2017

Any Time Now . . .



Be on the lookout for the September issue
of American Quilter magazine.

WHY??

The Secret Society of Barn Builder's
amazingly wonderful gallery barns
from BUILD-A-BARN
are featured in this issue!

Be sure to read pages 80-83.

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SO EXCITING!!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

SSOBB Quilts and AQ Magazine - BIG News!

SSOBB quilt tops pinned on my design wall - early 2015


Remember the SSOBB gallery quilts?


THEY WILL BE FEATURED IN
THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE 
OF AQ MAGAZINE!

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To celebrate,
please take a fun photo of the page 
with your favorite SSOBB barn
and post it on Instagram using the hashtag
#freepiecedbarnproject

(selfies and on location shots are encouraged)



Monday, July 10, 2017

Lori's Ohio Barn Photos

Photo of Ohio barn taken by Lori D. 



recently spent some time in Ohio.

She shared three blog posts
loaded with photos including LOTS of barns.

Photo of Ohio barn taken by Lori D.


THIS ONE featured the Ashtabula Barn Quilt Trail
with ever so many photos of inspiring barns.

THIS ONE featured more information on the barn quilt trail
including a link to their database of barn quilts.

and THIS ONE featured quilts, buildings, and barns.


Photo of Ohio barn taken by Lori D.


Have YOU built a free pieced barn?

If so, please email me a photo.

We all enjoy seeing work  inspired by BUILD A BARN!




Monday, July 3, 2017

Lynne Begins to Build a Barn



SSOBB Charter Member Lynne Tyler
recently visited her brother in Colorado.

The photo above is his barn.

Lynne has plans to free piece his barn --

And while you are on her blog,
you should scroll back through the last several posts
to see lots more photos from her trip.

And, if you happen to live in New England,
Lynne will be teaching a free pieced barn class
at Quilted Threads in July.



Monday, June 26, 2017

Carol's Recent Farm/Barn Post


Photo by Carol E.

In case you missed it,
to read Carol's recent post
about visiting two of her family's farms.

There are some really good barn photos
that just might inspire you.


double click to supersize photo


Carol's free pieced barn quilt was donated to a group
that does cleft palate surgeries.

She recently spotted it in this photo taken in a clinic in Tanzania.

How cool is that?!?!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Marlene's Peach Farm Barn



Marlene was one of my students at The Folk School last April.

Due to outside commitments,
she had to miss two days of class
so she took her partially-constructed second barn
home and worked on it during the evenings.

When she returned for our final half-day session,
she was unhappy about the way her barn's upper story
didn't line up correctly necessitating the chopping-off of her 
marvelous (small!) pieced haymow sign block.




I kept thinking about her dilemma as we drove home,
completely understanding her disappointment with the finished block.

Except - was it really finished?

The next day I called her and suggested that she unstitch a few seams
so she could remove the chopped off segment
and replace it with something else before re-assembling the block.




Just recently she sent me this late-at-night photo
of her newly updated barn block.

Well done, Marlene!

I love your bold winter barn under that fabulous night sky.


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Note to all free piecers:

You are  never really done until you are happy with the results.

You can ALWAYS take it apart and make changes
so that you are happy with your work.

Be brave - take it out and do it over!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

See Rock City Visits New Hampshire


Photo by Lynne Tyler


SEE ROCK CITY is currently on display 
at Quilted Threads in Henniker, New Hampshire.

Lynne Tyler teaches there on a regular basis.

Yesterday she taught a free pieced barn class.

She also took SEE ROCK CITY outdoors
to get some on-location beauty shots.

She took some fabulous photos!

CLICK HERE to see for yourself!



Monday, June 5, 2017

Wendy's Wonderful Barn



Wendy's haymow sign began like this.




A week or so after class,
she showed me her additional progress on the sky.

We also talked about options to finish out her block.




The next week, she shared this!


Be sure to double click so you can appreciate the details
like her flower farm sign on the barn
(ready to be hand appliquéd in place)
and the flower cart on the path through the fields of blooms.

This was Wendy's first ever free pieced barn.

I think it is splendid!!



Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Cherie's Illinois Barn



SSOBB Member Cherie Moore
shared this Illinois pole barn
during the SSOBB blog hop last year.

CLICK HERE to read her post about its construction.




When I taught at The Folk School earlier this year,
Cherie sent me her pole barn block
so I could share it with my students.

Of course, I took a few detail photos
while it was in my studio.




Cherie is known for her wonderful use of thrifted shirtings
and this barn is a terrific example of her work.




I especially like the way she added the top on her silo.



If you ever wonder whether small details make a difference,
just look at the impact of that narrow inserted strip above her barn door
and the very narrow inserted strip along the barn's roof lines.

The answer is YES - little details DO make a big difference.






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.


* * *


We had so much fun during our week together!



Saturday, April 15, 2017

First Barns



There were three new-to-free piecing students in my Folk School class -
Brenda and Sandra and Marlene.

This is the first barn that Brenda built.

She plans to machine appliqué the chickens, trees,
weathervane, and tractor scene.




This is the first barn that Marlene built.

She's planning to hand appliqué the chickens and tractor.


double click to supersize photo


This is the first barn that Sandra built.

When she laid out her ground fabrics 
she kept saying "they're too straight . . . "
so she successfully added some gentle curved piecing. 

The horse and his window are free pieced.

She brought several barn quilt blocks
she had prepared using Printed Treasures -
this one was framed and then machine appliquéd in place.

The sheep will be machine appliquéd.


* * *

Over the course of the week
a total of seven barns were created.

I'll share three more in a few days.

The seventh barn is undergoing modifications
so we'll wait to share "before" and "after" photos.








Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Folk School Experience



I taught a 5-day BUILD A BARN class last week
at The Folk School in North Carolina.

It was a most excellent experience
and I hope to teach at The Folk School again.

Over the next week or so
I'll be sharing photos here of the barns 
that my eager-and-willing-to-go-for-it students created.

So why are there photos of yours truly
and her new felted wool hat

When we arrived on Sunday,
it was sunny and 80+ degrees.

By Wednesday afternoon,
temperatures were in the 40s with cold rain.

Thursday was even chillier with more rain and clouds.

Friday dawned clear and sunny with gusty winds
that made standing in the shade quite chilly.

Hence the hat to keep my head warm.

* * *

People kept telling me the hat needed a flower.

I knew I had this beautiful wool flower at home
that was purchased last fall from a local artist
at the Davies Manor quilt show.

The purple wool hat and the warm red flower
were clearly meant to be together.

So to those who suggested a flower, you were right.

* * *

All of this to say that spending time at The Folk School
as a student or as an instructor is just plain fun.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Sharing Silos





In honor of my book's first birthday,
I'm sharing some recently constructed silos.

If you still need to get a copy of the book,
this link will help --



If you'd rather have an e-book, click here






This sturdy stone silo has a multi-angle top.





This concrete version is typical of so many silos here
with its flat, contrast-banded top.







And this pair features that same flat-top look
but with a tree growing out the top.

I've seen ONE tree silo so far.
(near Franklin, Tennessee)

There's a Flickr album HERE
that shows lots and lots of other tree silos.

There's also a very interesting article
about tree silos HERE.





Because this photo is so wide
you'll need to double-click to enlarge it.

I'll quilt it one of these days,
but for now the silo sampler 
makes me happy just the way it is.