Barn Quilts are Awesome

What the heck is a barn quilt?  Well, it’s a piece of art on a barn.  Honestly, it’s a quilt design hand-painted onto a piece of wood.  The maker then suckers someone into getting on a tall ladder to put up the lovely piece of work.  Afterward, everyone that drives by can see the artwork from the road.  See the bottom of the post for more information.

Somewhere in West Virginia

If you’re riding in a car with me and I see a barn quilt I yell, “BARN QUILT!”  Everyone flinches and wonders what the heck I’m yelling about and pointing to frantically.  It’s a fun game in the car for me.

Over the summer I decided my garage needed some artwork.  P and I went to JoAnn’s to grab the supplies.  He got to pick out the colors.  Surprisingly, he did not pick orange or neon green.  The kid loves orange.  You can use scrap wood or purchase the pre-cut versions at JoAnn’s.  Lowe’s has pre-cut squares available as well.

My version

My inspiration comes from this block on Pinterest.

I marked up my wood square as best I could.

Don’t look too close

I started painting within the lines the best I could.  It took a number of coats to cover up the pencil lines and get everything to look correct.

I swear I can paint within the lines.  Ha!  There were lots of touch ups throughout the painting process.

P’s version

I wanted P to make a version as well.  His square was painted with gray as a background since he loves to paint with racecars and monster trucks.  Who needs paintbrushes when you have cars?  We went outside for P to paint.  I squirted paint onto wax paper and P ran his car or truck through the colors he wanted.  Once the wheels were nice and coated, he moved over to his square.  He created a race track with his painting style.

The cars and P got a good bath after painting.  Once the paintings dried I sprayed them a number of times, front and back, with a clear matte top coat.  To create a way to hang these, holes were drilled in the top corners and twine ran through the holes.  For this next part, splurge on the outdoor Command hooks.  Not just the regular ones, they don’t hold up as well.  Minutes after taking these photos, my barn quilt had fallen into the garden.

I love having these outside and that P created something with me.

Have you made a barn quilt?  You can find inspiration and tutorials on Pinterest to help you create your own.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday and 

Confessions Of A Fabric Addict

 


What Are Barn Quilts?

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Favorite Things This Week

Fall is here!  Fall is here!  Seriously, I’m so giddy about fall.  September has been an amazing month.  Time with family and friends, but mostly full of laughter.  More memories to come as we enjoy the fall weather and festivities.

Girl’s Weekend

A couple of weekends ago my friends and I snuck off to Madison, Indiana for the weekend.  We stopped at wineries and shopped.  More importantly we had time together.  At a bar on Friday night we met two adorable Kentucky girls complete with accents.  They noted they were 22 and thought we were 27.  Can they just follow us around for a while?  Too sweet, just like their tea.  They are towards the back of this picture.

We roamed around a new city and learned a few things along the way.  Canaan, Indiana hosted their Fall Festival while we where there.  They host a special Pony Express run of the mail.  You guys, I love the mail so when I overheard someone talking about a special postcard, I knew I needed more information.  At the post office we got all the details.  The Pony Express will be in Madison by 1ish if we wanted to see the ride.  Done!

We anxiously waited to see a man on a horse deliver these postcards.  It was much later than we were told, but I had beer, so things were good.  I shared the thrilling event on InstaStories.  People in town were not nearly excited as I was.  “It’s just a guy on a horse.”  Well those party poopers did not deter me.  So glad we got to see it.

Then we noticed the building we had been waiting by.  It looks like a castle.  It’s an old Knights of Pythia lodge.  Interesting. Now it’s just apartments.  Imagine all the social events that happened there?

This was the view from our hotel room.  We stayed in the second night and enjoyed some of the wine we had purchased.  We laughed more, ate cookies, and wore sheet masks to make our skin look glorious.  I won’t share those pictures, but they still make me giggle.

Having a getaway was refreshing.  P had a boy’s weekend and loved the time with Rob.  If you haven’t one in a while, make the time with your friends.

Sewing & Quilting

Blogger’s Quilt Festival is currently happening.  Pop over and see the amazing work in this collection.

Since people know I sew, they ask if I can hem their pants.  My typical answer is, “Yes, but terribly.”  Pay someone else to do it.  I bookmarked this article for future reference if I want to tackle hemming my own pants.  Oh, I hope I can stop laughing at that thought.

Speaking of sewing clothes, Rachel talks about her garment sewing baggage here.  She is braver than I am.  Sewing clothes for myself is a to do, but it’s scary.  What if I fail?  With quilting failures can usually be ripped out or covered up in some way.

 

That’s it for now.  I have a few things I’m working on for next week to share.  New posts and possibly a video.

 

 

Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Scrappy Rainbow Unicorn Sprinkles

Thanks for coming over to my blog from the Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  I’m Tisha of Quiltytherapy.  Sewing is my therapy and the only creative outlet I’m good at.  Unless stick figures can be a creative outlet, ha!  Making quilts from scraps and my stash is what I strive for.  Scrappy Unicorn Rainbow Sprinkles is a combination of scraps and pieces from my stash.

Scrappy unicorn rainbow sprinkles by quiltytherapy #scrapquilt #paperpiecing #modernquilt

It’s hard to truly have a favorite quilt, but this one is in the top 10 that I have created.  It is still for sale on Etsy here.

The center blocks are paper pieced using scraps from my guild members.  Center triangles are trimmings from Lindsay’s quilt she made during our Winter Retreat.  Erika and Lisa brought bins of scraps that they let us raid.  I had pulled some scraps together in this color palette before the retreat but their generousity rounded out my collection.

While I wanted to make the entire quilt out of the blocks, they started to look too similar.  In my stash was a bolt of Kona Robin’s Egg blue that really brought it all together.

 

Look for a tutorial on paper piecing these scrappy blocks to make your own version.

This was the second time I ever quilted the organic wavy lines.  It created so much crinkle once it was washed.  The purple polka dot binding is perfection.  As I noted in my original post about this quilt, I hope it leaves behind a trail of rainbow sprinkles wherever this quilt goes.

Scrappy unicorn rainbow sprinkles by quiltytherapy #scrapquilt #paperpiecing #modernquilt


Read more about creative process with Scrappy Unicorn Rainbow Sprinkles here and here.

 

Scrappy Postage Stamp Baby Boy Quilt

Scrappy Postage Stamp quilt #scrapquilt #postagestampquilt #babyquilt #quiltytherapy #boyquilt #modern #quilt

Are you looking for an easy scrap quilt?  Don’t hesitate to look at a postage stamp quilt as an option.  Since I keep my scraps cut into squares, making a postage stamp quilt is quick and easy.  Let’s jump into how I make a scrappy baby postage stamp quilt.

Sorting Scraps

Creating a color palette that works together with a good amount of variety is my first priority.

From my 2.5″ scrap bin I grabbed yellow, neutrals, green, aqua, navy, brown, orange, and gray.  Mixing in prints, novelty, and solids.  If I think they coordinate, they make the piles.  As the colors and prints are spread out you may not notice that one that didn’t fit.

Chain Piecing

When working on a postage stamp quilt, I find that chain piecing is the best way to go.  I’m striving for a random layout on the quilt top.  Grab from yellow and gray, then brown and green, and just keep going around.  Once I have 10 sets (20 squares) pieced I begin pairing them up yet again.  Ultimately I’m just sewing one long strip of 20 squares.  Repeat that 18-24 times for the top.  18 rows is a smaller baby quilt and 24 rows is a better size.

Pressing and Sewing Rows Together

I grab the starch and spray each row.  Next I press all my seams the same direction and then flip one row to create nesting seams. Sew the nested rows together and repeat 3-4 times.  From there begin flipping and turning rows to nest together and get to the desired length.  Some colors and prints may line up next to each other over the rows and I think that is okay.

Finished Top

Once all the rows are sewn together, head back to the ironing board.  Spray starch the entire top.  At this step I like to press all my sewn rows the same direction on the back of the quilt top.  Then, I turn it over and press again on the top.  This helps to flatten the top and smooth things out.

Thank you for the comments when I posted the top.  A comment was made about the concentration of brights in the middle.  That’s what happens sometimes when I got for random.  I didn’t really see it but I do now that it was mentioned.

Backing and Binding

Polka dot explosion?

Within my stash I found a green and blue variations on polka dots.  Maybe they are circles, but does it really matter?  They coordinated well and used some pieces I had leftover from other projects.  The binding is a blue polka dot I have had stashed away.  You’re going to see it again on an upcoming quilt.  I thought why not just make up some binding with this.  Done!

Quilting

I prefer straight lines in a coordinating thread on the diagonal of each square.  With this method I can keep quilting as I get to the end of a line, just flip around and start a new line all the way to back to the edge.  Quilting takes no time, unless I run out of bobbin thread.

QAL interest??

Since I love creating scrappy postage stamp quilts, I’m mulling the idea of hosting a QAL later this fall.  Would you be interested?  Let me know in the comments.


Link ups

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Needle and Thread Thursday

Needle and Thread Thursday

 

Favorite Things This Week

How is it already September?  School has been in session for over a month, the weather is cooling down, and football is on.

Chicago

We snuck off to Chicago for Labor Day weekend.  The weather was gorgeous and we explored the city.  P did a wonderful job walking around for two days.  We ate, drank, and caught up with friends.

We are in trouble with that face

In our adventures, we visited the Lincoln Park Zoo for a bit.  The Lion House has stunning architecture.  Look at this ceiling.  Quilty inspiration.

Sewing and Quilting

It always amazes when quilters pull together for a cause.  #bluerkblocks was organized to help support families of fallen officers.  Here is one quilter’s finished quilt and experience.  They received enough blocks to make 50 quilts.  That is awesome.

In an effort to declutter and fund some household projects, I’m going to be offering a destash in the next couple of weeks.  I will have some bundles and yardage that use new homes.  Also, my Etsy shop will be filled with items I used to sell.  Did you know I used to make 100’s of potholders to help fund my fabric and quilting?  There are lots leftover and I’m going to be working on making those up.  Check social media for updates and go live times.

Speaking of declutterring…

Apartment Therapy is talking about tackling one area at a time.  I have some spots in mind in my house.  Specifically, our bathroom closet.  While packing for Chicago I realized this has become a hodge podge of bathroom items just randomly placed on shelves.  Below is closet inspiration! Rather than go buy baskets I plan to whip up some One Hour Baskets and start organizing.  You can find the tutorial here.  I should probably ask my friend for her label maker too or use her Silhouette printer for labels.  What would you do?

20 Beautifully Organized Linen Closets

Amy Garro of 13 Spools discusses using non quilting cottons in her projects.  She picked up a fun shower curtain that I happen to have just bought for my bathroom.  Can’t wait to read her feedback on using it as backing.

Stashing: Non-Quilting Cotton Fabrics

Health and Fitness

The change to more fall like temperatures has made my afternoon runs more enjoyable.  It’s cooler, crisper, and my speed is coming down.  After some reflection my Sub 2 Half goal is getting pushed to the spring.  I can do the mileage right now, but don’t feel like my speed is anywhere close to where I want it.  This fall and winter will be about speed improvement and avoiding shin splints.  If you’ve ever had shin splints, you may enjoy this article.

 

Easy Baby Quilt with Solid Strips

Need an easy baby quilt?  Dig into your scraps and let’s get started.

Easy Scrap Strip Baby Quilt by quiltytherapy #scrapquilt #stripquilt #babyquilt #scrapbusterquilt

If you have been a reader for a while, you may know that I keep my scraps in tubs until it’s time to sort them.  Well, my solids are kept separate and they were getting out of hand.  The drawer could no longer even be stuffed close.  It was time to make something again.

Inspiration

Nothing was really speaking to me, so I headed to my Modern Quilting Inspiration Pinterest board for ideas.

An older quilt from Red Pepper Quilts caught my attention.  Rita’s version can be found here.  This is a step by step guide on how to create my version.

 

Design

Tip:  Without different hues and saturation, the quilt could run together.

Off to the scrap bin I went to start gathering strips to make my version.  I was able to collect many strips and have the variety of colors/saturations I desired.  However, I didn’t have many long strips like the inspiration quilt.

Based on my scraps I could create strips in 2 inch width to get the most from my pull of fabrics.  The lengths would be 5, 7, and 9 inches.  Feel free to create based on what you have in your scraps.

Each size stack was sorted yet again by color.  Orange, yellow, blue, green, brown, black, neutrals, and gray.  Sorting will help when piecing.  I wanted to avoid having too may of the same color right by each other.

Piecing

Grab randomly from each pile and begin piecing two strips together of the same size.  Rows include 28 strips, or 14 pairs, to make a baby quilt size.  Piece all 5 inch strips first.  Starch and press the seams all going one direction.  Next the 7 inch strips.  Starch and press the seams all going the same direction.  Finally, the 9 inch strip set.   Sew and press in the same manner.   Nestle the seams of the 5 inch row and 7 inch row together, pin if needed.  Sew the rows together.  The outcome is randomly placed colors without overthinking the process.

My version goes in this order:  5 inch, 7 inch, 9 inch, 5 inch, 7 inch, and 9 inch.  If you wanted a little larger baby quilt, you could throw another 5 inch row after the last 9 inch row.

I starched the top and pressed my row seams open.  The backing is a blue print I picked up a few months ago when a local quilt shop was closing out their inventory.  With this size quilt, I only needed a yard of the fabric.

Quilting and Binding

The quilt is randomly pieced, but I knew for the quilting exactly what I wanted.  Straight lines in a light gray horizontally in the middle of each row.  A few lines in the middle 5 inch strip vertically.  In your version quilt as desired.

The secondary shapes created with colors being close together was an unintended effect.  They could have been moved, but then the random process is lost.  That was more important to me as I just wanted to create.

Finally, I grabbed Corn Yellow Kona Solid I have had forever to create the binding.  The binding was 2.5 inch double fold and completely machine bound.

Final Thoughts

Love all the crinkles in this quilt after it was washed.  Wonder what the rows would look like in an ombre?

This quilt is currently on the way to a new home.  Check out my other quilts using just solids below.  The solids scrap bin is still too full.


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