Per usual – I saved the last closer look for the Project QUILTING Barn Quilt Challenge for the quilt I came up with – Fractured Barn Quilts.
Before I get too far I have to say that my photo’s are not doing justice to this quilt. It’s so frustrating trying to get decent photo’s in my living room since I can’t outside right now – this spring I’ll be redoing all my PQ Quilt photo’s to help really show what they are like.
I knew right away what I was going to do the second I saw this challenge. The tough part was picking which four quilt squares I wanted to use. After searching through quilt books I finally decided to do the ones that represent Project QUILTING.
Block 1: Shoofly from the very first challenge
Block 2: Log Cabin, from a challenge in Season 1
Block 3: Flying Geese, from a challenge in Season 2 – this particular block is also the same block that FabricFascination teaches in her 2nd BOM. Just a slight tweek in fabric choices can completely change the look of this block.
Block 4: I chose a modified Constellation which is the same as the one that we put up on our orchard barn.
I chose to use solid Kona fabrics. I was first exposed to solids during the 2011 Modern Solids Quilt Along run by Patchwork Squared. The solids make your quilt so dramatic, so modern. Also – one of the first things my County’s Barn Quilt committee said when I wanted to put one up was to choose, solid, bold colors – exactly what Kona Solids can accomplish.
So, I put together my four blocks in both a 12.5″ size and a 6.5″ size. With the 12.5 blocks I convergence them Ricky Tims style – the result is incredible! So much bold geometric patterns were created – I LOVE it!
I used the other four ‘mini’ blocks as part of the border. I wanted to combine the traditional elements of lone blocks with a modern twist using convergence.
It took me quite a bit of time to figure out how I was going to quilt this piece. There are so many seams with all the piecing, cutting and re-piecing that I knew it was going to be easy. I even started one thing and tore it out (anyone that knows me knows I rarely, if ever, tear out my work). I finally decided to do a linear grid quilting in the main portion of the quilt. I did avoid the strips that coincided with the cool pinwheels that remained once all the cutting took place. The outer border I just did some simple linear quilting in the gray portions. I really love how tight quilting looks and it really helps pull out the modern feel. BUT since I have a new quilting machine I am always looking for more quilting ideas – what would you have done?
A thin grey lip of fabric borders the interior convergence part of this piece to help ‘stop’ the design and a grey binding does that again at the outside of the quilt.
I can’t wait to hear what you all think of this piece! It took A LOT of guts to cut apart my blocks! Especially since I had actually done a decent job of matching my corners during piecing – which is NOT my strong suit.
Approximate Direction: 30.25″ x 27″
Because of this challenge I did a lot of web browsing for barn quilts which inspired a new project for my orchard –
Somehow, someday – I’m going to have an outdoor quilt show at the orchard just like the one at Buggy Barn. When I told my husband he needs to help me figure out how to pull it off he responded, “Okay”. Gotta love him!