Thursday, July 17, 2014

Linen Thread Catcher

So, no Vintage Quilt Tutorial. I was hoping to get something in the mail today to share with you but it is coming tomorrow. Boo.

In the meantime, here is a cute, little thread catcher.

I have been working with linen lately. I have a few more linen projects and I am excited to get them done so I can share them with you.

The tutorial is very well written and would make a fun gift for your quilty (and non quilty) friends.

Another picture taken with my cell phone. Don't mind all the junk on my dresser. 

Here is a link to the linen I used
The Thread Catcher link

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Show and Tell: Table Runner

 Happy Monday! Today's Show and Tell is a little table runner I made to fit my coffee table.

The strips are cut  1.5-2" and are 10" wide. The table runner itself is 10" X 24" long. It was a quick and easy finish and I used up scraps.

I finished it using quilting in the ditch

 We have the fabrics I used in a fat quarter bundle and 10" Layer Cake

I just realized how well this runner and that can go together. 3 Bear Honey and that little bee with a kerchief and pink honeycombs!

 I love cutting custom bundles for customers. They come up with the best colors. Sometimes, I like them so much I cut a few extra. This is my latest favorite. Isn't it awesome!!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Vintage Quilt Thursday: Drunkard's Path

Its Thursday! And I love Thursday because we share awesome vintage quilts!!

Today I am sharing another 2 fabric quilt. I tell you, I am sold on 2 color quilts.

The green cabinet and pink frame in the background are new vintage pieces Heather added to our new little shop. Have you been by and checked it out yet?

 This little quilt is a toddler bed size and each individual block is 2" finished!!

The little 9 patch in the corner is a fun touch.
Come back next week and I will share a modern version or two and instructions on how to make this fun block.

New Shop Hours:
Tuesday 10-7
Wednesday 10-5
Third Saturday 9-5

Our online shops are open 24 hours a day!

Are you a knitter? Heather added some needles and patterns 50% off to Etsy so check it out

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Whats New: Chillingsworth

Its Tuesday! And that means new stuff to share. Today I brought in my finished Chillingsworth table runner. It was so simple to make.

And I quilted it myself!

I used one Chillingsworth panel, (5) 2.5" binding strips, and a black backing (and batting, of course).

I marked my cross hatch lines with a Frixon pen (the best marking pen ever) and quilted with a walking foot.

The bundle is super fun too. Can you make out the little skulls on the purple damask? And newsprint is always a hit with me.

Heather is making a table topper with this line and I can't wait to see it. I will be sure and share pics with you when it is done.

You want to be sure and mark July 11th on your calendar. Heather is hosting another Instagram destash., 9Am-9PM. This round is hard to find and out of print fabrics.

The destash is under @thequiltbarndestash

You can also enter to win a low volume fat quarter bundle! Check it out

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Vintage Quilt: Daisy Pinwheel

Its Thursday and that means vintage quilt fun.

Here is this weeks inspiration, a Daisy Pinwheel quilt.

I love all these vintage fabrics and hand quilting.

Yes, this block uses curved piecing but don't let that scare you off. You can do it! The key is use lots of pins.

 Here is my tester block. I laid the slices out and noticed that the white background fabrics stuck out.
I unpicked the 2 blocks and reused the background pieces.

That looks better.

Some of the fabrics used in this block
Vintage Happy
Bee My Honey

Here is the start of my second block. I labeled the pieces using my handy Frixon pen.
The markings disappear with an iron's heat.

I really like the background fabric I chose for this block. So modern and fun. A few pieces from Carolyn Friendlander's line, Architextures was re-released.
I am so grateful when fabric is re-released. I missed out the first time and I am going to stock up this time around.

The color slices are Up Parasol by Heather Bailey. I have lots of scraps left from this block and I have a few little projects in the que. It is so fun and girly

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Up Parasol

The grey cross hatch fabric is also Architextures and is an extra wide backing, 108" wide!!

You can find the instructions for this block here. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

What I'm Working On: New Fabric

 I had a few scraps left over from a quilt project I am busting through (or trying too. I miscalculated how much fabric I needed but I am too excited about this one to let it sit undone) so I made a few diamond stars

I am going to finish them up in to a pillow to match the quilt. The fabrics are Emmy Grace by Barij

I quilted this awesome panel this weekend and bought the binding this morning. So close to a finish line.

Marking this panel was real simple using a Frixon Pen. The lines disappear with the heat of an iron.

I also use my pen to mark fabric when making clothing, darts and matching points etc.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Vintage Quilt Thursday

 Hello, its Thursday and I have a vintage quilt to share with you. Hooray!

Many of the quilts I will be sharing (and the block how tos) are from the same lady and are family quilts.

Next week I will be sharing the blocks I made with this pattern. I have a few fabric lines I think I want to use. We have some great text fabric I will be listing today on Etsy and those will be making an appearance for sure!

This quilt uses curved piecing (its not that hard, I promise) and is hand quilted. You can tell that is has been used and loved for a long time.

Come back next week to see my interpretation and more photos of this quilt.

Heather and I have been working on the new shop (right next door). We are having lots of fun playing around with all the vintage goodies and sewing necessities.

Our new hours are:
Tuesday 10-7
Wednesday 10-5
Every third Saturday 9-5

Before I go I have to show you this new line we got in this week, Chillingsworth. Both Heather and I have taken yardage home and are working on fun projects for the shop

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tree of Life Block Tutorial: Part 2

Happy Friday and welcome to Part 2 of the Tree of Life block tutorial. If you are looking for Part1, go here.

 We are going to create a half square triangle with the last piece sewn in Part 1. Can you see it under the blue square? Draw a diagnonal line on the 8 3/8 blue square. Place the 2 squares, right sides together, and sew down either side of your drawn line with a 1/4" seam.

The bottom block is slightly bigger. Before cutting down the drawn line to separate your 2 pieces, trim the bottom square using the top square as a guide.

After you cut down the drawn line open the square and press open. You will have made 2 identical squares and will only need 1. The other half square triangle you can save for your next block (if you make another).

The square should measure 7.5"

Now to add the bottom of the basket. Draw a diagonal line on the 5" colored square. Place it, right sides together, on the bottom of the block lower than the block by 1/4".

Sew a line above the drawn line. Trim off the bottom of the triangle 1/4" below the drawn line and press the triangle open.

On to the tree tops. Lay out the half square triangles and the two 3" background squares as shown.

Sew the first row of hst as shown.

Attach the rows, the set of 3 hst triangles first to one side, then the 4 hst and background square row next

 Do the same for the top rows.

Here is the first test block I made trying to recreate the original vintage quilt.
What do you think?
This was really fun and I think I will be making several more blocks for a whole quilt.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Tree of Life Block Tutorial: Part 1

Welcome to Vintage Quilt Thursday. (edit, for some reason this didn't actually post and I just noticed this morning. Grrr. Sorry)

First, it almost isn't Thursday anymore. We are having some yuckiness move through our clan and today was a rest day for some of us.

Second, I can hear you thinking...but this isn't a vintage quilt.

True. I was so inspired by this previous Vintage Quilt that I wanted to remake it. I had to put my own spin on it.

I had to break this tutorial up in to 2 parts (see family yuckiness above) and I will share the copy cat I made that looks like the original at the end of that.

 I puttered about my fire hazard of a sewing room and pulled fabric from my scrap stash. Yup, that looks like my style.

You can make this super scrappy like my block or you can stick with a two color block.

You will need per block:

7- 3 3/8" colored squares
7- 3 3/8" background squares
2- 3" background squares
1- 8 3/8" background square
1- 8 3/8" colored square (basket)
1- 1.75"X12" colored rectangle (basket handle)
1-5" colored square (basket bottom_

(not in the picture below are the 2-3" background squares)

 Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the back of your 3 3/8" background squares 

Layer a colored square and a background square, right sides together. Sew down either side of the drawn line with a 1/4" seam. Cut down the drawn line.

Open those lovelies up and press open. Trim up and nip off the dog ears.

Your 14 half square triangles finish at 3"

Cut the 8 3/8" background square in half corner to corner.

Sew the 1.75" X 12" rectangle to either side of the two triangles. Press open.

So far so good. I will post Part 2 tomorrow. I have more fun vintage quilt block tutorials coming up for you this summer. I am having so much fun with this!

Pop on over to our shop and check out the bundles I have been listing. I have to admit I love filling orders and seeing where I am mailing them off to. A perk of the job!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Last Sale Weekend & IG Destash!

This weekend is our last Sale Weekend before we move next door and begin our new store hours:

     Tuesday 10AM-7PM
     Wednesday 10AM-5PM
     Every 3rd Saturday 9AM-5PM

Quilts may be dropped off by appointment for machine quilting on days we are not open.

We are holding another Instagram Destash this evening at 6PM MST.  If you have never participated in an Instagram Destash, this is how it works:

You create an Instagram account on your smart phone.  Click here for a step by step tutorial with pictures.

Follow @thequiltbarndestash and @thequiltbarn

At 6pm, we will start posting fabric with prices and yardage.  The first person to reply with their paypal email address receives an invoice and has the opportunity to purchase the fabric.  If that person doesn't pay, the 2nd person gets it and so forth.  If the bolt has more than 6 yards, you can claim 2 yards at a time.  If I wanted 2 yards, I would comment with "2 yds please quiltbarn@gmail".

Invoices will be sent on Friday and orders will be shipped within 1 business day of payment.

Beginning Friday at 10AM through Saturday at 3PM, all discount fabric will be $3.99/yard with a 1 yard minimum cut.  If you finish the bolt, it will be $3/yd.  We still have quite a bit of civil war/primitives/shirtings and kids prints available.  We still have notions, wool, and trim at 75% off and books/patterns are 50% off.

Saturday, June 21 is the 3rd Saturday of the month.  Our new store will be open and the old space next door will be hosting a "Yard Sale" with furniture and display items as well as misc crafting items.  This will take place from 9am - 5pm.  See you soon!

Heather & the Quilt Barn Chics

241 Main Street N.

Kimberly, ID 83341

(208) 423-5092