It’s no secret that I love spreading Barn Quilts all around, but I can’t possibly do it all myself. So, teaching classes is how I plan to spread the Barn Quilt craze, helping folks decorate our world with color and the good feelings that come from sharing your creativity.
Here are just a few of the Barn Quilts that were created last Friday at the Skyline Grange, north of Portland!
Some of the questions that came up were interesting, such as. “What is the correct size to make a Barn Quilt?” Well, in my classes we make 2′ x 2′ squares. They can be completed in a 6 hour class, and some complex designs are included, though most are fairly easy to draw. For example an Ohio Star is offered, but not a Feathered Star which is too complex a design for your first Barn Quilt. I think of the classes as an opportunity to learn the technique, not to make the family heirloom! To answer the question requires some explanation. The 2’x2′ squares fit well on a pump house, garden shed, garage or fence, but might get lost on a big barn. It also depends on the distance the Barn Quilt will be seen from. Also, a more complex design may be more suited to a larger board such as 3’x3′, or 4’x4′. I’ve seen a wide variety of sizes of Barn Quilts while I’m out driving and no matter the size it is a nice surprise to spot one! I feel like the answer should be this: There are no rules! Make and use the size of Barn Quilt that suits your space! I have small 1’x1′ squares available, and have seen that they can sometimes be made 8’x8′. I’ve seen that some are painted directly onto a barn which must be a little challenging, considering the rough barnwood.
One of my favorite reasons to love these classes, is that I get to see the finished project! Nice work. My next classes will be at the NW Quilt Expo in Portland on September 26 & 27, go to their website to register. After that I’ll be at the Stitchin’ Post in Sisters, OR (October 8th) and at Tillamook for the Partners for Rural Innovation Center on October 12th.
If you’ve ever seen the fun Barn Quilts that are appearing on barns and homes, read on!
It’s always a nice surprise to spot them as I’m driving, and makes me feel like I would really like those people! 🙂 But, making one for yourself is a little daunting. There are so many supplies to figure out, patterns to explore, and decisions to make. You are the perfect candidate for one of my classes!
I teach Barn Quilt painting in a 6hr class. Starting from a blank (pre-primed) board to a finished Barn Quilt ready to hang. The Barn Quilt is completely water and weatherproof, no need to seal it later, just choose your spot, hang it up and enjoy! I provide all the needed materials for class as well as instruction throughout the day. I am a very well prepared teacher which makes for a relaxing and productive day.
Traveling throughout the PNW to teach, driving is the only way I can get all the supplies to each location. Please check my calendar for upcoming classes. Hint: if you want to see a class in progress, to get a feel for what it is like, stop in at the Stitchin Post in Sisters this Friday 5/17/19.
Don’t hesitate to contact me if you want a class in your area, or want to register for a local class.
You asked for it Eugene and Springfield! I’ve been able to secure a wonderful location for a Barn Quilt Painting Class locally at Peace Presbyterian Church! The date is Saturday June 22nd, 9:30am-3:30pm.
This class is so much fun, spending time with friends and finishing a wonderful project! Choose from dozens of block choices, or bring a favorite. I provide the pre-primed 2ft x 2ft board, 65+ paint colors to choose from, all the drawing, taping and painting supplies needed for the day.
Please bring a 6 x 24″ quilter’s ruler if you have one, a paper scissors and an apron (or wear painting clothes). Bring your lunch/water and snacks.
See the wonderful blocks that were painted in class a couple weeks ago in Kennewick, WA by the Tri-Cities Quilters Guild members.
Yay! It’s out there in stores now! Quilts and More, one of my all-time favorite magazines includes one of my quilt designs for this, the Summer 2019 issue. They sell fast, so be sure to get your soon. So, why is this one of my favorites? There is a huge variety of quilt projects, including bags, pillows, table runners as well as fun quilts in all sizes.
You know, I DO love a project! So the crafty inspiration really gives me a boost. I actually try to make at least one thing from every magazine I bring home, or at least use the inspiration for a new design of my own.
Now that it’s the middle of March and we are starting to think of spring–you know what that means!!?? The Quilter’s Affair is not far behind, YAY!!!! The dates are July 8-12 for a wide variety of classes, including my Star Crossed Footstool, and two fun quilts; Block Party and Hopscotch Pinwheel. The Stitchin’ Post has kits available.
I’ve already had messages from some of you who have registered, and for the rest, IT’S NOT TOO LATE! Just paging through the on-line catalog is enough to get my excitement up! I’ve planned story boards for all of my classes and have been working to get them finished. That means that even if I’m tied up with another student when your question comes up, you won’t have to wait to see what comes next!
Then, of course, don’t forget the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show on Saturday July 13th, and also the events on Sunday the 14th. The evening events are just a riot of fun, and there’s several NEW things happening throughout the week this year. See you there!
Poking my head in today to let you know that I’ve updated my calendar for the next couple of months. Look for it, shown as EVENTS in the top toolbar.
ALSO, I have had a fun day with the guys from Boersma’s who came to town to install my new Innova Longarm! I had sold my old one, and was missing being able to quilt my own quilts. So off to McMinnville I went–it’s a very familiar shop to me as our son went to college there, so I was able to visit regularly.
And Jack. I’ve known him for so long, from teaching at the longarm conventions, and trouble shooting problems with my old machine. I just trust his insight and knowledge. So, now that the machine is here, I will have to pace myself! I’ll be tempted to be out there in the studio using it all the time! One thing is for sure, I’m really happy and grateful to have an Innova, and looking forward to showing you what I can do with it! It is not a computerized machine–though it does have a stitch regulator. I love the artistry of “drawing” on the quilt, so really didn’t want a computer. Once I get my act together (HAHAHAHA!), I’m hoping to have an open house to celebrate and show all my local friends what’s up over here!
So many of you have asked how the Barn Quilt Classes are set up! Like any other quilting class, there is some prep-work, before you can get to the actual painting. After that there are some techniques to learn for taping, painting and removing the tape. Eventually all the spaces are filled, the magic happens, and the Barn Quilt is finished!
My friend Ada, who took the class from me in Eugene a couple days ago was sweet enough to send this sequence of pictures, showing some of the steps. The finish is PRICELESS! It will hand near her beautiful English garden near the McKenzie River, and forever maker her guests smile. I love the colors she chose, especially the salmon-pink which is for her granddaughter. The next Eugene class will be September 8th for the MQG! After that I’ll be teaching at the West Side Quilters Guild in Portland, OR and at the NW Quilting EXPO also in Portland!
So, can I just tell you how much fun these Barn Quilt Classes are? I’ve been teaching both BIG and small classes. It is a very manageable project, where everyone goes home with a finished Barn Quilt. The process is pretty low-stress, and there’s lots of time for conversation. Most will finish in about 5 hours, so when the class is scheduled for 6 hours, even the more complicated designs can be finished. The next classes are scheduled at the Stitchin’ Post on August 17 and 18. Check out their workshop and class page to reserve your seat! After that, there will be more classes in Eugene on August 23rd and 25th, send me a message to register, I’ll also advertise those on Facebook and Instagram. I teach at quilt guilds as well, so if your guild is interested, I do travel throughout the Pacific Northwest. I’m always adding new patterns, I’m sure you will find your favorite!
That’s right, the Coburg Quilt Show 2018 is history, except for the lingering smiles. A great quilt show, a fun two days vending, talking with new and old friends, and a SUPER Barn Quilt Painting class! It was all over in what seemed like a minute, and, can it be Sunday night already!!??!! A HUGE thank you to Sew Steady for sponsoring the show and making it happen! It was a hot one, and a few obstacles to contend with, such as road construction, but all in all, a wonderful event, and hopefully the start of a new tradition for the Coburg Quilt Show! If you want to follow the Coburg Quilt Show on facebook, here’s the link! I have to say, it’s so much fun to have friends come together for classes, and this time I got to have my BFF there too!
There’s still time to pick up your copy of Quilts and More, Summer 2018. My quilt, Block Party is on the cover, and it is full of fun projects, large and small. I plan to do some embroidery this summer inspired by this magazine!
Check out your local bookstore, I know Barnes and Noble has it, as well as quilt shops, craft stores, grocery stores, and if you’re in the PNW check good old BiMart!
One thing I love about this magazine is the alternate color-way version that is included, and for my quilt pattern, Joanna Burgarino, Editor, made a miniature wall hanging/table topper! Also, in the pull-out there are COLORING diagrams for each quilt included. It gives you so much confidence when you are choosing fabrics to know how the colors work together as a whole!