First of all, let me wish you a very Happy New Year! I have been in your mailbox a lot this week, and its not over. Do feel free to pick and choose what interests you as there is only so much time. Now, on to the block for the Barn Quilt! This was one of those blocks which, I knew where I was going, but could never figure it out – kudos to Sherry for making it all work!
I love this block and decided the white background was boring me. I had this red Amish fabric and just had to use it. You can see why I thought it would work. My plan, in the beginning, was to use a layer cake of Gingiber Farm Fresh Fabrics for Moda. I realized I needed more and this fabric joined the party. It is a Benartex Fabric, Folk Art Fantasy, Pattern #3135-10 Stars and Horses on Red, Wagons, Starbursts. You can see where I bought this fabric in May here; there could be some if you are dying for it. Horse & buggy carriages are fairly common in the area I grew up in – in fact on the way back/forth from my brother’s on Christmas Eve we saw at least 2 on the road.
Now for some help for those of you making this quilt.
Hint 1: Write your colors on the pattern sheet to not get confused
Hint 2: The swallows are put together differently so don’t go barging ahead assuming you know what is next. I don’t know anyone who does this, do you? Yes, I had to rip out.. Half of the “swallows” are made with a “J” on both sides of the 2.5″ x 7.5″ rectangle; the other half with one “J” and one “background” on the RIGHT ( pages 17-18)! So, I needed to figure out my placement and decided to do the T (teals) fabric on the top of page 18 as in the photo.
Here is where we are headed. I am going to measure two of my favorite bedsize quilts to see where I want to “land” on size for this quilt. I am probably not piecing all the little stars in the pattern, and doing borders in the teal I have reserved…if I have enough (oh yeah why would that matter). Anyway, while you are working on this block, I will be figuring that out.
Working together is what makes this fun, so remember to check out the other quilters who are blogging, including our fab designer, Sherry!
- Sherry of Powered by Quilting [Live video in the Powered By Quilting Quilters Facebook Group will be Saturday, January 4th at 10am CST ]
- Vanda of Quilting with Vanda
- April of JANDA Bend Quilts
- Abbie of Sparkle On!
Here’s the calendar for the Block of the month – we are really closing in on the end of the Barn Quilt. I am really pleased with it and hope you are enjoying your versions.
- August: Supply gathering.
- September: Month 1 blocks.
- October: Month 2 blocks & Mini Quilt #1.
- November: Month 3 blocks.
- December: Month 4 blocks & Mini Quilt #2.
- January: Month 5 blocks/Mini Quilt #3.<= We are here
- February: Month 6 blocks and Quilt Top Assembly
- March: Show off your amazing work
For those who are late to the party, here are links to supplies for this block of the month:
-join the facebook page,
-buy the pattern*,
-buy the seam guide* ,
-buy the ruler* for trimming (cuts HST from 1 1/2″ -6 1/2″).
(These are affiliate links and do not add to your costs, but help defray my costs)
Coming Up on the Blog:
Best of 2019 Linky Party (1/2)
Announcing a Linky Party (1/3)
Awesome Ocean SAL Block 4 ( 1/4)
Tutorial on Converting Picture to Mosaic in EQ8 (1/22)
2020 Monthly Color Blog
Swap Mob Bag
I love the red fabric (I ❤️ almost all red fabric!) in the center block! Beautiful quilt!!!
I love the way this turned out and it is fun with the other blocks!
Wow, I love that red center! And the fabric is fantastic! I lived in an area of Ohio with a lot of Amish for several years and horse & buggies going down the road behind my apartment was a common sight–the wal-mart even had a part of the parking lot designated for horses! Your version is stunning, Kathleen!
The buggies are always quite something and that fear at night of going by one and hurting someone comes back very quickly! I am glad you are enjoying my version.
Beautiful!! Happy New Year, Kathleen!
Thanks, Brenda. And a happy new year to you!