Monday, July 8, 2019

Kendall's Barn Quilt




Two years ago Bonnie and her granddaughter Kendall
took one of Lynne Tyler's barn classes 
at Quilted Threads in Henniker, NH. 

Bonnie had a hard time getting it 
but Kendall got it right away. 

Bonnie sewed. 

Kendall told her what to do. 




Kendall made this quilt as a project and gift for a friend. 

They knew Lynne would be teaching 
on a specific day last May so they 
took the quilt to the shop to show Lynne.

Lynne and her class of barn building students
were totally impressed.

So am I.

You can read Lynne's post about it HERE.

And be sure to supersize the photos
to see even greater detail.


Sunday, June 23, 2019

Shared by a Recent QT Student

Anne's class project barn

This post is shared with permission 
from a recent BUILD A BARN student:


Lynne asked me to send you a picture 
of the barn I recently made in her class
at Quilted Threads in Henniker, NH.

I had so much fun making it! 

It is unlike anything I have done before 
and I know I will be making more. 

At your suggestion, 
I've been looking at the book blog 
for inspiration on how to quilt the piece.

As far as the story behind it - 
my original intent when I signed up for the class 
was to make a quilt inspired by my grandfather's barn. 

I wasn't able to get a hold of any pictures in time 
so I looked around the town I live in for inspiration 
(waiting until the last minute, of course...). 

I took photos of a small white barn, 
thinking I would add some interest 
by piecing the sky and ground, 
similar to ones in your book. 

1 week before the class, I went to a local fabric store 
and on the way saw the back of the barn pictured below. 

I didn't turn around but made a mental note 
to find the barn on the way home. 

I wasn't able to find any barn fabrics I loved 
but purchased some I knew I could make work with my plan. 

On the way home, 
I stopped and took the photo below 
and wondered if I could do it justice 
with what I had purchased (I couldn't). 

The night before the class, 
I was prepping my supplies and decided 
to poke through my fabric stash one last time 
and saw the stripe, which I had previously looked over. 

I knew it would be perfect!

I ended up purchasing the blue sky and green ground fabric 
on the day of the class (with Lynne's assistance) 
because what I had brought did not work with the striped barn.


Inspiration barn for Anne's class project


I still plan to make a quilt inspired
by my grandfather's barn
 as well as others -  
they are just so fun to make!

Thank you!

Anne J.
Walpole, NH


* * *


If you have created a barn
inspired by the book BUILD A BARN
please share photos and your thoughts on the process
using the email link in the ABOUT ME profile box.

I would be delighted to share your work here.

* * *

And for those who live in the greater Memphis area,
plans are underway to teach barn building
at Fabric for the Flock later this summer.

Keep an eye on the shop's Facebook page
for class registration information.




Monday, May 27, 2019

Really Good Class - Part 2



Here is another look at the class room
and a barn builder hard at work.




Look closely at the background 
and you can see one of Lynne's two
SSOBB gallery quilts - Pig Farm Barn.




I love the two-tone look of this barn's door
and the elegant tailored look of the building.




A plaid barn - how much fun is that?!?




Again, just look at all those smiling faces.

(These photos are from a class taught
by Lynne Tyler at Quilted Threads in Henniker NH)


* * *

If you've never tried building a barn of your own,
get an autographed copy of my book 
BUILD A BARN-No Pattern Construction
 directly from me for almost the same 
price as Amazon Prime.

 ($15.00 plus $7.50 domestic USPS Priority Mail shipping)

Monday, May 13, 2019

A Really Good Class



Here is another example where a student
did a great job of choosing fabrics - 
including her scrappy sky.





I love photos with student hands at work.





Someone printed out multiple photos
of real barns to bring to class
for added inspiration . . .

Double click to enlarge this photo
and notice the stone barn 
being constructed on a hill.





As an aside - this classroom space 
is outstanding with plenty of room
for each student to work.





This student even opted to include 
a security light while building her barn.


* * *

(These photos are from a class taught by
Lynne Tyler at Quilted Threads in Henniker NH)

* * *

If you've never tried building a barn of your own,
get an autographed copy of my book 
BUILD A BARN-No Pattern Construction
 directly from me for almost the same 
price as Amazon Prime.

 ($15.00 plus $7.50 domestic USPS Priority Mail shipping)

Monday, April 22, 2019

Work in Progress



Look at the way this student used her fabrics
to add detail to her free pieced barn -
flowers along the stone wall, 
a rock foundation for the barn itself, 
a stone path leading in and out of the barn,
and even a barn quilt on the barn.





Another example of using a photograph
for inspiration while building.

(I love that sky fabric)





This student included some wonderful details 
like the transom above the barn door
and the area to the right of the barn.

Free piecing gives you so many ways 
to personalize your work.





And at the end of the day,
THIS can be the result!


(These photos are from another of the classes taught
by Lynne Tyler at Quilted Threads in Henniker NH)

* * *

If you've never tried building a barn of your own,
get an autographed copy of my book 
BUILD A BARN-No Pattern Construction
 directly from me for almost the same 
price as Amazon Prime.

 ($15.00 plus $7.50 domestic USPS Priority Mail shipping)




Monday, April 8, 2019

Barn Building Students at Work



More photos from another of
Lynne Tyler's barn building classes
at Quilted Threads in Henniker, NH.

This is Brenda with her barn.

(double click for more detail)



Another student designing her second story
and how it will join the first story.




Contemplating a divider between
the first and second story . . . 




Working from a photograph
to recreate a real barn in fabric.



Be sure to double click/supersize this photo
to enjoy all those smiling faces!

* * *

If you've never tried building a barn of your own,
get an autographed copy of my book 
BUILD A BARN-No Pattern Construction
 directly from me for almost the same 
price as Amazon Prime.

 ($15.00 plus $7.50 domestic USPS Priority Mail shipping)






Friday, March 22, 2019

April Showers and BLUE



I made this liberated free pieced barn
as a teaching sample for my book
BUILD A BARN - No Pattern Construction
back in March of 2016.

A week or so ago, I received an invitation
to participate in the upcoming regional
BLUE quilt challenge
and I thought of this sample block.




In order to make it a bit more BLUE,
I changed the barnyard to a field of blue bonnets
and adjusted the overall measurements
to meet the required 24" x 24" dimensions.




Pin basted and ready to quilt . . . 





Quilted and bound.

For some reason, this one is tricky to photograph.

The light and angle make a huge difference
in the photographed colors - especially the sky.




This black and white version
shows off the quilted texture of the barn yard.

My free form double clamshell 
was inspired by one of LuAnn Kessi's sketch pages.




And here is the same photo in living color.

I quilted the blue bonnets with Glide thread in Royal.




I also quilted the silo using Royal thread
with a design inspired by Leah Day's Monster Teeth.




The silo's texture shows up better in black and white.




The sky was quilted using 
Affinity variegated thread in Aquamarine.

The barn itself was quilted with  Royal
and the door/windows with Hawaiian Blue.

double-click to supersize this image


I still need to make/add the label
and attach the already-made hanging sleeve,
but there is no problem meeting
 the April 1 entry deadline.

* * *

BLUE will be on display at Crosstown Concourse 
(Memphis, TN)
from May 10 through July 28, 2019.

BLUE is just one aspect of
which will feature other events including a 
Community Quilt making event with Maria Shell.

* * *


If you've never tried building a barn of your own,
get an autographed copy of my book 
BUILD A BARN-No Pattern Construction
 directly from me for almost the same 
price as Amazon Prime.

 ($15.00 plus $7.50 domestic USPS Priority Mail shipping)