Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Barn Star Mini Quilt + Your Free November Calendar

My secret projects are completed and on their way to the magazine, all in time for the deadline. I'm not exactly sure when I can share them with you but as soon as I can, I will. Its been a busy few weeks in the studio and its now time for things to return to normal. Its also time for my new Monthly Mini Quilt and your free November 2016 Calendar.
This month I have something a little different for you, so without further ado, here's Barn Star:
This design came together because I had a plan for our garden. Over the Christmas break, Les and I will be repainting the exterior of my studio and the back wall, which overlooks my vegetable garden, is huge, blank and begging for something to spruce it up; I want to paint a large Barn Quilt in this space :) Now, I thought this was an amazing idea but you know men; Les was skeptical, so I decided to show him just how stunning they actually look.
We did a little research on Barn Quilts and my plan began to grow on him. So I set to work, designing a quilt block to paint and decided it would be fun to make in fabric first, so it had to become this months mini quilt. This quilt is a combination of a modified Ohio Star block, enclosed in a gorgeous Calgary Stampede block. It will be perfect for my wall space and until the holidays, I have this mini quilt hanging in the studio for inspiration.
Barn quilts are painted onto pieces of wood and they are generally a single quilt block. They are large, bold and stunning, and the vibrancy of the solid colours make them visible from afar. The design is usually made up of squares, triangles and rectangles, making them easy to paint and they are hung on the barn, the house or any other outside building.
The PDF pattern for my Barn Star mini quilt includes everything you need to know to make three quilt sizes (14", 21" and 28") so you can choose which size suits you best. Its a quick and easy mini to piece and its another great opportunity to grab your stash of solids and have a play. Its also a great little quilt for beginners as there's nothing tricky to sew and they will learn some basic techniques.
I used a traditional red, white and blue palette for my mini but its such a lovely design and it would look gorgeous in any colour combination.
The Barn Star PDF pattern also comes with full step by step instructions and diagrams, and I've included a colouring sheet to help you plan your colours/fabrics prior to starting your mini quilt. There are also optional instructions to add a hanging sleeve or corner hangers.
If you would like to make your own Barn Star mini quilt in any of the three sizes, from today until the end of November, PDF patterns are available at the introductory price of $4.95 (AU) in my Big Cartel shop, HERE.
Or if you prefer an instant download, PDF patterns are also available in my Etsy shop, HERE.
I also have your free November 2016 Calendar, featuring the gorgeous Barn Star:
You can download your free calendar, HERE.
I hope you love my Barn Star mini quilt. I'm off to the hardware store for some wood, paint, tape and rollers, ready to start my own painted Barn Quilt for that blank studio wall, while hubby is still on board with the whole idea :)
Happy sewing :)

2 comments:

Águeda said...

I think your wall will be lovely with the painted design. You must persuade your husband :))
Have a good day.

desertskyquilts said...

Love the pattern and colors you chose. That will be great on your building. A lot of our Tennessee barns have quilt blocks on them. They paint them right onto the wood of the barn. I love to see them.

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