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.
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!
I want to share a video with you today from Anna of “Quilt Roadies on You Tube” fame, you may also know her blog “Woolie Mammoth“. We talked together a couple weeks ago after a class I taught at the Stitchin Post in Sisters, Oregon. Anna was in the class and invited me to her home studio, The Bee Hive for a visit. Well, as you can imagine, when two quilters get together we have SO MUCH to talk about, and now you get to hear some of it too!
Click through HERE to see the video! We actually didn’t talk all that much about quilting! It features my currently most popular classes–I think you’ll enjoy it, and you will see how much fun we had together!
I hope you’ve been following my Fb and IG (both are @Sheila Sinclair Snyder) to see the amazing results of the latest Barn Quilt classes at The Stitchin Post in Sisters! They have also posted LOTS of in-process pics!
New classes coming up this summer:
June 19: Westminster Pres. Church, Eugene, OR. Contact: ME! Please DM, or email.
I have a couple other tentative dates in the making, so I will share those as they firm up. I will also have a couple speaking engagements this summer. Come hear my story and see a great trunk show at the NW Quilters Guild in Portland on August 13th. After that I’ll be presenting at the Comforters Quilt Guild in Tacoma on August 28th.
Hopefully there will be some down-time as well, to enjoy the beautiful Oregon summer.