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Make Life Simple
Original free pieced design by Julie Post
Free motion quilting by Chris Ballard
|25.25" wide x 24.5" long - Shown here before quilting|
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The possibilities seemed endless
when I started thinking about a barn block.
Living in north Iowa,
there are plenty of barns and buildings for inspiration.
I found the roof line for this one on the way to work.
It was different and I knew I would use it.
The inspiration for color choices
came out of a small drawer of scrap fabric.
There were some red strips already sewn together,
perfect for walls, so my barn would be red.
A small piece of fabric with a moon on it
and two lonely star blocks gave me the idea for a night sky.
I had wanted a quilt block on the barn,
but when I found the words about scrap quilts,
I used them instead.
When I saw the cow fabric,
I knew I wanted them looking out the windows and,
since barns and tractors just seem to belong together,
I parked one in the barn.
I really had fun working on this.
As I put this barn together,
I found myself thinking about the next barn,
and the one after that.
There are SO many ways to go when building a barn!
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Make the most of what you have on hand.
Be willing to let go of pre-conceived ideas.
Stylized stitching unifies the multiple barnyard grasses,
outline stitching defines the scrappy stars,
and elegant swirls add magic and depth to the night sky.