When long time internet friend, Julie Sefton, was writing her book, Build-a-Barn, no pattern construction, she asked if she could include some of my barn photos. Sure!
I was thrilled to see that one of my photos graces the colophon page. Yeah, I had to look up the name of that page. It makes it sound fancy, doesn't it!
Her book walks you through the steps to build your own barn quilt blocks - from an inspiration photo to the finished barn block. There are also lovely photos of different kinds of barns sprinkled throughout the book. Here's another photo of my barn.
If you've ever wanted to make a barn or house block, or even just wanted to learn more about the free piecing technique, this book is for you! I love all of the creative interpretations Julie and her team of "barn builders" made.
I love Julie's See Rock City quilt on the cover! Julie talks a lot about the making of this particular quilt. She had it pieced together as a finished top and then, after deciding that she didn't like it, cut it up and reworked the entire quilt layout. She really goes into a lot of detail about her process to get to this fabulous finished design. Often we only see the end product but I love that she shared the one that really wasn't as good as well as the newer version of her quilt.
You can read more about the book and barn projects in it here.
Autographed copies of the book are available directly from Julie Sefton.
The book is also available for purchase through AQS, and amazon (affiliate link).
Abuse victims can feel isolated and helpless. One of my friends who has escaped two abusive relationships told me, "If you don't have hope, you don't have anything."
After an extended period of abuse it can be very difficult for the victim and his or her family to have any hope. Hope for a world without abuse is often what motivates advocates to work in shelters, answer hotline calls, lobby politicians for protective legislation, and teach others about healthy relationships.
Read more about some of the common abusive behaviors here.
If you have a friend or family member who is experiencing abuse here are some things you can do to help. The most important thing to remember is that the choice to leave or not is theirs. You can't make them leave a bad situation but you can be supportive and helpful in their choice. They will need someone they can count on when/if they do decide to end or leave the abusive relationship.
Domestic Violence knows no boundaries when it comes to race/gender/sexuality/age/socioeconomic status/geographic location/culture.
Remember, domestic abuse affects ten million people in the US every year. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, please know that the folks at the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1 800 799 SAFE or thehotline.org) are ready to listen and support you, as well as refer you to a local program or organization. If you observe someone being abused, you can also call the hotline. A good samaritan call can save a life!
All of the quilts in the Domestic Abuse series so far can be viewed here.
The booties are a tiny version of Pamela Wynn's Elf Slippers. You can see other, larger shoes I have knit from this pattern here, here, and here. I knit these booties on smaller needles and did not felt them.
The pattern for the hat is Lyalya Hoodie by Natasha Schaffer. I have also made a few of these before. You can see them here, here, and here.
Miss P is thrilled that she will be an aunt in July! Shortly after she heard the news she started planning all of the things she would make for the new baby. First up - a quilt. She was already a fan of Elizabeth Hartman's patterns, so narrowing the choice to one of her designs didn't take long. She always told me they were SO CUTE! It was a close call between the kittens and the hedgehogs. Hazel Hedgehog was the final choice because the baby's mom is a hedgehog fan.
She decided that if she was going to put all of that work into it she didn't want the baby to outgrow it quickly. She upsized the baby quilt to be four rows of four blocks.
The four by four layout requires 16 blocks, an even number, just right for making two hedgehogs of each color. The baby can play "match the hedgehogs".
Miss P went through my fabrics and chose lights and mediums of eight different colors for the faces and bodies. The spines for each would be different. I helped by cutting everything with the rotary cutter but she did the sewing by herself.
This project required quite a bit of planning ahead to be finished in time for the baby shower. She sewed two blocks at a time over MANY weekends. It was an exciting day when all of the blocks were finished.
Next up was the sashing and pin basting.
Then came the quilting.
When the last stitch of binding was finished she said, "Now I can say that I have made a quilt!! This is the most exciting thing I have EVER done!!!"
Miss P asked me to thank Elizabeth Hartman for designing this cute pattern, and for encouraging her along the way, even if she didn't know she was doing it.
Congratulations to her for getting it done! She finished just in time for photos the day before the shower - as one does. I am so proud of her!
Off the Chart is another quilt from my book, Every Last Piece. This design was inspired by colorwork knitting charts. I love this design idea because there are so many different ways to interpret it. Here, the different size circles represent different colors of yarn that would be used when knitting from the chart.
The the pattern is made of three kinds of blocks; blank, small circles, and large circles. The scraps used in this quilt are all "light" fabrics. The background is a rich teal print from Carolyn Friedlander's botanics line.
It is quilted in a design that mimics the look of the knit stitch at a size equal to the applique "stitches".
Finished Size 58'' by 81''.
In addition to being published in the book, this quilt hand in the QuiltCon 2015 show.
The pattern and directions for Off the Chart can be found in chapter three of my book.
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