Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Barn Block for Quilt Block Mania

It's another month and another theme for Quilt Block Mania! This time, it's barn blocks!

red barn with white trim

I chose to make a Barn to anchor all the quilt blocks that hang on barns. To me, a red barn with big sliding crosshatched doors, a typical gambrel roof style, and topped with a weathervane is what I envision when someone says barn. Feel free to swap out the upper window and insert your favorite quilt block!

There's quite the wide variety of quilt blocks this month, all from very talented designers, just to decorate barns.

Barn Star Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
Barn by QuiltFabrication
Independence Block
Sunflower Barn Block by Sugar Sand Quilts
Prairie Winds Block by Martha Jane Creations
Amish Star Block at Fab Fabric Girl
Squash Blossom Block by Paleofish Designs
Celtic Knot at Patti's Patchwork
Maple Leaves by Inquiring Quilter
Goose in the Pond by Tamarinis
Dutchman's Puzzle Quilt Block at Bonjour Quilts
Corner Star Block
Star of Hope Barn Block by Quiltblox
Meadow Flower by Inflorescence
Bright Star by Blue Bear Quilts
Bear Paw Block by BoBerry Design Co.
June's Pinwheel Block and Quilt by Sew Worthy Mama
Tudor Rose block by Flowerdog Designs
Lucky Clover Block by Patchwork Breeze

Be sure to collect them all - they're free for the month of December!

My Barn block involves paper piecing, and is geared toward the Intermediate quilter familiar with paper piecing techniques. There are some areas where paper piecing is really not necessary, but because of angles and detail placement within the block, some easy pieces like strips and rectangles ended up being odd sizes. So instead of gearing the pattern to make standard sized pieces, I opted for paper piecing to accommodate those odd sizes, which gives me the barn I want.

red barn

Fat quarters and scraps, in 6 colors, are all that's needed to make one finished 12" x 12" block. All the paper piecing templates are ready to go - print them out and follow the lettering sequence for each section. After stitching sections together, I recommend pressing the seams open.

The Barn block is free until January 2 with two ways to download the block pattern link via the QFab newsletter:

For those already subscribed - The free Barn block pattern link will be included in the December 20 QFab Monthly newsletter. There is no need to sign up again - just open and view the newsletter for the download link. 

Please note: If you don't see the newsletter in your inbox, please check your spam folder and be sure to mark it as 'not spam'. If you still can't find it, consult a computer technician to adjust your email settings.

For new subscribers - sign up to receive your free Barn block pattern link in a welcome email then enjoy monthly quilt inspiration and other bonuses.  It's that easy!

Once you submit your email address, look for a welcome email from me, QuiltFabrication, containing the link to download the 'Barn' block pattern. Then check your inbox toward the middle of each month for the QFab Monthly, full of quilting tips, links to free patterns, and other quilty goodness.

In downloading the pattern, you agree not to share the file with others, but direct them to the QuiltFabrication.com/Barn post. Feel free to tell others about QuiltFabrication and become a follower yourself through any or all of the following: direct delivery of posts to your inbox, or by following on BloglovinPinterestInstagramFacebook, or YouTube.

Happy Quilting!

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Friday, December 2, 2022

Christmas Giveaway #1

Let's celebrate Christmas with a month of giveaways! That's right, each Friday in the month of December, I'll be giving away a featured quilt book - Merry Christmas to you, from me and C&T Publishing!

The first quilt book up for grabs will help you finish those quilts! Appropriately titled The Ultimate Quilt Finishing Guide and written by Harriet Hargrave and Carrie Hargrave-Jones, this book is full of border ideas plus info on batting, backing and binding.


What most impresses me about this book is the library of quilt borders. There's over 100 border ideas, grouped into themes based on shape or block style.

Given by the quilt on the front cover, one could easily make a Round Robin quilt based on the border ideas from this book - wouldn't that be fun!

Finally, the authors go into several methods of binding a quilt, including binding hexagonal quilts with 60 degree angles. Definitely a terrific reference book!

To win a copy of The Ultimate Quilt Finishing Guide, enter via Rafflecopter below. Giveaway is for continental US residents only - sorry, no international, Alaska or Hawaii at this time. Giveaway is open now until midnight December 8th. Good luck! 

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Happy Quilting!

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Midweek Makers 360

Welcome to Midweek Makers!

Hope everyone enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday, sharing a splendid meal and maybe some football with family and friends. Feels good to be getting back to traditions.

Which is exactly what I did over the weekend, spending time with family and friends. That means I have no quilting progress to share this week, and don't feel bad if you don't either!

So let's see some of the projects that popped up last week.

From Kathy's Quilting Blog, a quilt top rescued from a garage sale and finished up,

a lovely music themed piece by the very musically talented Songbird Designs,

and some pretty fall leaves from Quilting and Learning.

Now it's your turn! Come share what you're working on!

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  • please link directly to your post
  • visit the other guests and leave some comment love
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