Barn Quilt BOM – Block 1

This Barn BOM by Sherry is so much fun. Now, there are a lot of HSTs in this month, but fear not, the hardest thing is just making yourself do it. Once you do, you will be glad. It goes together so easily, you will be surprised.

Hints: Organize your cutting
First, make a table for your fabrics. I referred to mine all the time. Here is a simple one.

Fabric LetterMy ColorSherry's Color
BLight Orange
CMedium Blue
DLight Blue
EDark Blue
ILight Purple


Here’s a link to a file if you don’t want to make your own.

Second, pull your fabrics and decide how to cut.
-I was using a Sizzix* die cutter (similar to Accuquilt*). My cutting was a little different than Sherry’s so I figured out how many final pieces I needed (you cut 16 squares, but I cut 32 triangles). I did the HST pieces first, then the background pieces. I did this in about 2 – 2 hour chunks of time.
-I have links below for the ruler and seam guide I use when I can’t use my die cutters.

Hints: Organize your sewing
I paired the pieces according to the sewing directions and just started. They went fast. I would do one section at a time until I was tired. I think it took me 2 or 3 sessions (maybe a total of 4-6 hours) to do the whole grouping.

Hints: Sew on the same machine with same foot!
I have a few machines. There are a lot of nuances/differences among seams so when there are this many pay attention to this.

I had fun laying out a few settings for these blocks, but as you are sewing yours, I am on to the next block, and here’s a preview of where my fabrics are going.

Remember, if you have questions, feel free to ask.

Remember, to join the facebook page and subscribe to Sherry’s newsletter on her blog. In case you are new to the BOM, here is where you can:
buy the pattern*,
buy the seam guide* so you don’t have to draw lines (if you don’t have a die cutter),
buy the ruler* for trimming (cuts HST from 1 1/2″ -6 1/2″ – 11 sizes).
(These are affiliate links and do not add to your costs, but help defray my costs)

As you know, we’re here for this BOM on the first Wednesday of the month – but here’s the schedule.  Its really early so you have plenty of time to join!

  • August:  Time to gather all the supplies.
  • September:  Month 1 blocks.
  • October: Month 2 blocks and Mini Quilt #1 assembly.
  • November: Month 3 blocks.
  • December: Month 4 blocks and Mini Quilt #2 assembly.
  • January: Month 5 blocks/Mini Quilt #3 assembly.
  • February: Month 6 blocks and Quilt Top Assembly
  • March:  Show off your amazing work!

Coming Upon the Blog:

9/11 My Favorite Quilt Block Blog Hop
Color Block of the Month
September Island Batik Challenge
Tutorial on Converting Picture to Mosaic in EQ8

Linking Up:

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  1. September 4, 2019 / 7:24 AM

    Hi Kathleen! This looks like a fun QAL. I love the fabrics you chose. It’s fun playing the guessing game on the layout, isn’t it?! ~smile~ Roseanne

    • September 6, 2019 / 8:32 AM

      We do know the layout, but playing with other options is always fun!

  2. September 5, 2019 / 1:30 PM

    You know, a single block placed on point looked like a penguin. I scratched my head. Hmmm… what are you going for, I wondered. It comes together very nicely when four blocks are put together. The fabrcis are so bright and fresh.

    • September 6, 2019 / 8:32 AM

      That is funny. We do know the end result and it is a stunning quilt, I should have made that point with the pattern but it slipped my mind. There are some feature fabrics I hope to find a good way to incorporate with some barns and buggies!

  3. September 7, 2019 / 9:32 AM

    I love your fabric choices! And I love the different placements. It reminds me of when I was designing the quilt… I flipped blocks over and over again to try to get my design solidified!

    • kathleenquilts
      September 7, 2019 / 9:33 AM

      It was totally fun to play! I do have some people thinking it is a mystery….so I have been sure to correct them.

  4. September 7, 2019 / 11:39 AM

    I love your fabric pull for this quilt. Oh, I hear you on the HSTs, and that it’s worth it…seems to me I recall a certain Beothuk Star QAL that had rather a lot of those puppies! Great tips here too.

    • September 7, 2019 / 12:20 PM

      The fabric is making me so happy. You are right about Beothuk and the die cutter -I used it there too. So, I am totally committed to getting more HST HRT and strip dies.

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