Saturday, September 30, 2017

My Favorite Things Quilt

You know the symptoms.  Rush of adrenaline and panic to hurry and purchase that print before it's gone, meticulous folding and stashing away, the gleam of satisfaction as you take it out of fabric jail every once in awhile to hold it in your hands and give it a smell and a few fond strokes of loving admiration.

This was me years ago after I quilted a low volume, japanese fabric filled, scrappy log cabin quilt for Bonnie of Pink Stitches (@greenletterday).  It was love at first site and I knew immediately that if I didn't start collecting japanese fabrics right away, there would be a huge void in my fabric hoarding life.

For years I collected, and collected, and collected.  It would be a sin to cut into this precious fabric.  It  was expensive and came all the way from Japan!  I had to wait for the right day, the right project, one worthy it's glory.

Until one day.  One day, I looked at my collection and realized that it was becoming ridiculous.  Haha!  I decided the only way get this obsession under control would be to immortalize all the fabrics!  I would make a quilt with all of my very favorite fabrics and all of my precious Japanese gems.

I started by cutting a 6" strip off of the short end of each of my favorite fat quarters.  I then cut those strips into 6" squares.  I didn't have a size in mind for the quilt, I just wanted it to immortalize all of my favorites!

I put it on my design wall in sections.

I ended up with a patchwork quilt FULL of fabrics I could look at for a lifetime and fall more in love each time I did.  It measured approximately 125" x 110" - HOLY CRAP!  So... I made myself a king size quilt!  I decided to put a double layer of wool batting inside and use it as a warm quilt on my bed under my bedspread in the wintertime.  Wool is absolutely wonderful!  It's natural and it breaths, keeping it warm in the winter, but not too warm in the summer.  I would put wool in all my quilts if I could!  

I chose an Art Gallery Fabrics print for the back.  It has such a soft, smooth feel and gets softer every time it's washed.  I wanted to keep the quilting at a minimum so the quilt stayed soft and pliable and cozy.

I chose a clamshell pattern.  It quilted up beautifully and I absolutely LOVE how it turned out!  It's the perfect winter quilt for my bed.  We can both hog the covers and there is still plenty of blanket left!

Fast forward 1 year... I still had a pile of my favorite fabrics left over.  So, I sewed them together to make a large throw.  I put a single layer of wool batting inside and chose an infinity loop pattern for the quilting.

This quilting is perfect for this quilt and reflects its modern style.

I chose a light grey striped binding because... well, I love striped binding!  I backed the quilt with one of my favorite Art Gallery Fabric prints from the Cherie line.

TA-DA!  A great finish!  Now... since I already have a king size version, this one is for sale.  Contact me for pricing.

Start collecting now!  When you buy a fat quarter that you love, cut a square and start your own "My Favorite Quilt" stash!

Heather @quiltbarn

Sunday, September 10, 2017

New Sew4mysanity Challenge Block Program

I've been working on a few new programs this year and I'm ready to roll with my Quarterly Challenge Block!

I can't tell you how many piles of block of the month, or mini quilt of the month, packages I have stacked up to do "some day".  It's ridiculous.  This program is designed to encourage completion by rewarding participants!

As you probably know, I wrote the infamous Sewtogether Bag tutorial to compliment the amazing pattern written by Michelle @SewDemented.  Since the tutorial was listed, the tutorial has been accessed 281,601 times to help thousands of you complete your Sewtogether bag!

This crazy success of the step by step tutorial made me realize how often we are intimidated by projects or patterns and just need help breaking it down into bite size pieces.

The Quarterly CHALLENGE BLOCK will enable all sewists, from beginner to expert, to follow step by step as they learn to create beautiful quilts using our timeless patterns.

Purchase options:

#1  E-Pattern and Tutorial Only - You will receive in your email a pattern with a full step by step tutorial.  Each pattern will contain instructions for our challenge block in various sizes, as well as a mini quilt pattern using the block.  Several layout options will be included to show the versatility of the block.  Make the block or mini quilt from your stash and post on social media with #s4mschallengeblock to participate in monthly giveaways!

#2  Kit, Printed Pattern, and link to step by step tutorial - You will be mailed a printed pattern with fabric to make the mini quilt using the challenge block.  If you prefer, you may use the fabric to make a large block and save these blocks for a sampler quilt when you have 12.  Post your completed block or mini quilt on social media with #s4mschallengeblock to participate in monthly giveaways!

Each month, random drawings will be held and social media posts with #s4mschallengeblock will be eligible to win freebies and discounts!

A new block will be posted each calendar quarter and participants will receive an email when each block is available.

Here is a sneak peak of the October challenge....

Kits are limited to 50 subscribers, so join today!


Monday, March 13, 2017

And our winner is....


Congratulations to...

Jennifer Colson

Jennifer was our lucky winner on Saturday of a Bonnie and Camille Basics bundle!  

We had so much fun transforming the Gem County Rec Center into a fabric store for the day!  Thank you for coming out to Emmett to support our event - we appreciate it!


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Opening limited number of Machine Quilting Memberships

As you know, Quilt Barn has provided quality computerized machine quilting for 9 years now.  Our pricing has remained largely unchanged and will continue to stay affordable starting at just 1 1/2 cents per square inch.

What you may not know is... Our quilting has been and continues to be published in popular quilting books and magazines.  Our quilting has been displayed and will continue to be displayed at International Quilt Market on fabric designer's sample quilts.

As we relocate our quilting studio to Emmett, Idaho, we have room to grow and expand our business.  As a result, I am opening our popular quilting memberships to a limited number of additional members.

The Quilt Barn Membership program started in 2014.  A limited number of memberships were offered and due to the high renewal rate, memberships have not been available since the program was introduced.

Machine Quilting Members receive 20% off machine quilting, 10% off backing fabric and minky, and a flat $10 return shipping on all quilts.  It's simple and affordable!  Membership cost is $150 and expires 12 months from purchase date.  On average, members save over $500 annually, with some members saving over $1000 in 2016!

Membership is open now on a limited basis.  When the member pool is full, this page will display instructions to be added to a waiting list.

Subscribe HERE