Fall into a QAL: Block 11 Autumn Harvest Barn

Welcome to Block 11 of the Fall Into a QAL, a mystery quilt along by Partners in Design.

If you'd like to quilt along with us, click here to learn more.

The eleventh block in our quilt along was designed by Abbie @ Sparkle On and it’s a barn!

I love taking photos of barns whenever I travel. I’m not sure why I like barns so much, but I just do! I was so excited when I saw this block and couldn’t wait to make it. I think a barn quilt is in my future! <grin>

Here's my version of the block

This block uses two-at-a-time HSTs, flip corners, and thread painting to create the barn. If you’ve never used these techniques before--no worries! As a quilt along host, I’m here to help.

My Fabric Pull for This Block

I had several goals for this block. As usual, I wanted to make sure I used a dark background because I’m alternating light and dark backgrounds for my blocks.

Second, I found awesome fabrics for background (it kind of looks like a forest) and for the barn door so I wanted the other fabrics I used to compliment them.

After pulling fabric for my block, I laid it out as it would be used to see how the final block would look.

Finally, I checked my fabric selection with the blocks I've already made to ensure everything is going to go together..

Block Tips

Here are my tips for making the block:

  • First, because I decided to use directional fabric for the background and the barn door, I drew a picture of the rectangles I needed to cut so I could orient the fabrics correctly.

  • I found Abbie's directions for making HSTs two-at-a-time really easy to understand. I use a sandboard and a small 1" x 6" ruler to draw my line from corner to corner. Then I simply sew 1/4” from that line. Be sure to trim your HSTs to 2" before sewing them into a pinwheel. You should also trim your finished pinwheels to 3-1/2”.

    If you want a photo tutorial with step by steps for this method, click here. My tutorial also includes a neat trick for trimming HSTs fast, fast.

  • Flip corners are easy but you should keep some things in mind. First, carefully mark the diagonal line on the back of all of the flip corner squares. I use a regular pencil, a small ruler, and a sandboard.

  • As Abbie suggests, sew just to the right of the line you've drawn (closer to the corner) as you see here. Sewing the seam just a bit short of center makes a bit more room for the fold, so when you press the flip square back towards the corner it will fit perfectly.

  • With flip corners, you typically trim the seam allowance after pressing the corner back.There are two schools of thought with this. If you don't trim, then you always have the bottom fabric (which is cut to size) to help you construct the block properly. If you do trim the seam allowance, you will have a lot less bulk in the seams. And you can always trim the finished unit to size (which I highly recommend if you do trim the seam allowance).

  • Abbie’s block calls for two pinwheels, but I decided to do only one in order to simulate the kind of windmill you might find on a farm. I think the effect almost works but I’m considering appliqueing a thin strip of grey onto the background to create a pole for my windmill.

  • Abbie’s pattern also calls for you to add detail to the barn door in the form of an X. To do that, you’ll thread paint—sketch details using thread. Sounds hard but all you need to do is to stitch an X. I decided to add that detail later, when I quilt. But if you decide to add that detail, I would fuse a light weight stabilizer to the back of the door before stitching as Abbie suggests. In addition I would use a heavier thread such as 40 or 20 wt. and stitch the lines a few times so they are dark enough to show.

  • After I had all the block units sewn, I sewed the block together as instructed. I then trimmed the block to 12-1/2”.

If you have any questions while making this block, feel free to post them here in the comments. Just be sure to enter an email address when prompted so I can get back to you quickly.

My Quilt So Far

Here are my eleven quilt blocks. Can you believe we’re almost done?

Where do i get the block pattern?

Drop by Abbie's blog to download your free Autumn Harvest Barn block pattern.

Visit the other hosts if you want to see their versions of this block and gather ideas for your own version. Here are the hosts:

Abbie at Sparkle On
April at JANDA Bend Quilts
Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting
Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter
Karen at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats
Sherry at Powered by Quilting
Vanda at Quilting with Vanda

If you want to see the schedule for the quilt along and the list of block designers, click here.

How Do I Enter the Giveaway?

First, you must be 18 years old to enter. Then, to enter the Autumn Harvest Barn block giveaway simply make the block and post it in one of these three places before the deadline.

You have until Monday, October 15th at 11:59 pm EST to post your block for a chance to win this awesome prize package—four 1/2 yard cuts, assorted Craftsy Boundless solids plus the table runner PDF pattern, “Christmas Tree Farm” by April @ JANDA Bend Quilts.

On Tuesday, October 16th be sure to come back here for the next block in our quilt along, and for setting suggestions for your blocks.

You can follow me on social media or sign up for my newsletter if you’d like a reminder when the next block is posted. You’ll find all the ways to follow me at the top of my sidebar. If you have any general questions about the quilt along or would like to see the complete schedule, click the Fall into a QAL tab above.

A Special thank-you to our sponsors

The final Grand Prize package for our quilt along will be announced October 16th. You will have until November 12th at 11:59 PM to post a photo of your completed quilt top to enter for the Grand Prize.

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