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.


Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Turquoise Barn - Trying Something New



I tried something new with this barn quilt.

I used solids and a minimalist approach.

I rather like it.




Quilted using the elongated zig zag stitch  
and walking foot on my Bernina 
with a medium gray Aurifil thread.




I took it along during my recent Something Fishy photo shoot.




This is one gorgeous gate
and it makes a spectacular shadow.




 The turquoise barn posting on a bike rack 
near the Memphis College of Art.




And soaking up some rays.




The back features four fast finish triangles.




18" x 21" 

I need to make another barn using solids . . . 


Monday, March 13, 2017

The Yellow Barn and More



It may be hard to believe,
since we first shared the existence of
The Secret Society of Barn Builders -
the gallery quilt makers for what was then
"a book" about to be published.

SO much has happened since then!


Version one of The Yellow Barn


BUILD A BARN was indeed published
by the American Quilters' Society
in April, 2016.


Version two of The Yellow Barn


As part of the book's release,
the SSOBB gallery quilts were displayed three times
as a curated grouping before being returned to their makers.






Version three of The Yellow Barn 


And this barn, The Yellow Barn,
is the first one that Max and I have quilted.

As usual, the first one is the most nerve wracking . . .
especially since it will be used as a Teacher's Sample.

(I also have another brand new barn to share -
that one will be walking-foot-quilted)


The Yellow Barn - 17" x 21"


There are still a few spaces available
for my BUILD A BARN class April 2-7
in Brasstown, NC . . .

The Yellow Barn mini quilt will be there.

Wouldn't it be fun if you were, too?

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Join Me at The Folk School



Join me for BUILD A BARN
at the John C. Campbell Folk School
in Brasstown, North Carolina

April 2-7, 2017


I hope you can join us!



Monday, January 9, 2017

Quilts and Stories on January 24th


I'll be sharing quilts and stories
during the January 24th meeting
of the Uncommon Threads Quilt Guild.

They meet at Germantown United Methodist Church -
2331 South Germantown Road, Germantown, Tennessee.

Hope to see you there!

* * *

Their website is HERE.

Their Facebook Group page is HERE.