I am thrilled to participate tonight in the release of not one, but TWO fabulous books that go hand in hand.
It is completely KISMET that both of these books ended up in my hands the very same week and I love how these TWO books compliment each other so greatly that we are posting about them both at the same time!
I present to you Build A Barn by Julie Sefton and Following the Barn Quilt Trail by Suzi Perron!
Suzi herself is a quilter, a folk art collector and an avid kayaker. A native of Florida, Suzi has no stationary home –the bus holds everything that Suzi needs to travel with Glen as she speaks to quilters and civic groups across the country.
Doesn’t that sound amazing? You can find out more about Suzi at her website BarnQuiltInfo.com.
Following the Barn Quilt Trail!
In cooperation with Donna Sue Groves, Suzi documented the massive public art project known as the barn quilt trail in her 2012 book Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement. The first of these projects began in 2001, when Groves and community members created a series of twenty painted quilt squares in Adams County, Ohio. Since then, barn quilts have spread throughout forty-eight states and several Canadian provinces.
In Following the Barn Quilt Trail, Parron brings readers along as she, her new love, Glen, their dog Gracie, and their converted bus Ruby, leave the stationary life behind. Suzi and Glen follow the barn quilt trail through thirty states across thirteen thousand miles as Suzi collects the stories behind the brightly painted squares. With plentiful color photographs, this endearing hybrid of memoir and travelogue is for quilt lovers, Americana and folk art enthusiasts, or anyone up for a good story.
I have been a Barn Quilt lover since I saw my very first one and they still captivate me. You will smile at each beautiful photo as you turn the pages, following Suzi’s words as she tells you about each barn quilt discovery.
A must-have coffee table book for quilt lovers and barn lovers alike, this book boasts 178 pages of quilt enhanced country life.
Jenny Doan and I gush on the back cover!
In fact if you look up Following the Barn Quilt Trail on Amazon you will find my testimonial on the page:
“Barn quilts are rural gifts, a bright spot along America's highways and byways. As a quilter myself, the simple sight of a barn quilt has often made my heart smile. We recognize the blocks, they speak to us without words. This book captures everything I love about barn quilts with beautiful photos and captivating details. Where will you spy your next barn quilt?” —Bonnie K. Hunter, Quiltville.com
My Memorial Day Barn Quilt discovery!
We went to Tennessee yesterday on the motorcycle in search of Barn Quilts! Isn’t this one gorgeous? I am excited to share these to really have you catch barn quilt fever! What could be better than a string star on a barn? And look at all of that green!
This barn sports THREE!
I dare you not to smile. I dare you!
Now that we have followed the Barn Quilt trail, you can turn what you see into what you quilt with Julie Sefton’s new book Build A Barn!
No Template Piecing!
It’s all free-form! Yippeee!
Visit Julie’s Free Pieced Barn Project for more info!
See Rock City close up.
Every book has a back-story
and BUILD A BARN is no exception.
I received a phone call from AQS in late 2013
asking if I would be interested in creating a
Block of the Month pattern for
my free pieced barn quilt SEE ROCK CITY.
For those of you familiar with free piecing,
you know that there are no patterns
because each creation is a completely unique original.
One thing led to another until late spring 2014
when I submitted a book proposal to AQS
featuring the creation of SEE ROCK CITY
as a case study for the free piecing process.
See Rock City, Full
Julie’s thought process!
Remember, no patterns! Just free style piecing!
With Julie’s encouragement you can start with a shape, add some to it, trim it off, or add some more, keeping in mind the look of a barn you would love to recreate in fabric.
Actual barns and silos can be your starting point, but the options are endless!
When asking Julie “Why Barns?” She replies:
I've always loved barns, especially the slightly derelict versions that lean and sag and proudly show their character/age.
I love the stories and imaginings of events and situations those barns have witnessed (and survived).
I love the juxtaposition of rural and urban where "mall sprawl" has crept close but not yet gobbled up farmland.
I've been a liberated, free-piecing quilter for quite a while now, but I'd never done any "wonky houses" (they just didn't intrigue me quite enough).
But, when the "light-bulb" went off and I connected the idea of free-piecing "houses" with free-piecing "barns," I was hooked.
Free Pieced Tree!
Free tutorial for Free piecing this tree! What? You’ve never tried piecing without templates, without a pattern? GO HERE! It’s just a little tree. Not that much fabric, just a little bit of time, and you can get your feet wet, and get all excited about the possibilities in the process!
Visit the following blogs to see their own barn blocks made with the same free-piecing techniques, and read the stories behind each block. Some of the dates have passed and give-aways have ended but there are many more to come through the summer! Visit them all!
Monday April 25 – Lynne Tyler
Giveaway winner - Judy in MI
Monday May 2 – Brenda Suderman
Giveaway winner - Lisa in Port Hope -
Monday May 9 – Nancy Stevens
Giveaway winner - Kat Scott
Monday May 16 – Julie Post
Giveaway winner - Anna McCurdy
Monday May 23 – Glen Parks
Giveaway winner - Alice Turcotte
Monday May 30 – Belinda from Texas
Giveaway pending this week
Monday June 6 – Cherie Moore
Monday June 13 – Valerie Levy
Monday June 20 – Cathy Labath
and Lynn Carson Harris
Monday June 27 – Kathy French
Monday July 4 – Heidi Burkhardt
Monday July 11 – Hilda Bakke
Monday July 18 – Chris Ballard
Monday July 25 – Debbie Voigt
Monday August 1 - Julie Sefton
This is a Double Special Give-Away!
I’m looking for one lucky winner who not only LOVES Barn Quilts, but would like to incorporate them in some free-piecing of their own! One lucky quilter is going to receive a copy of Suzi Parron’s Following the Barn Quilt Trail and a signed copy of Build a Barn by Julie Sefton!
Free Piecing and Barns and Barn Blocks.
The perfect combo!
Good luck,everyone! Drawing will happen next Monday, June 6th during my time in Moline, IL!
Have a great Tuesday evening, everyone!