Build-A-Barn Blog Hop

It’s my week to share Julie Sefton’s Build-A-Barn book with you.  (If you would like to win a copy, read to the bottom 😉 )  Julie’s book will entertain you with See Rock City advertising history, inspire you with the beautiful photos, encourage you with her story of “Meh” and teach you how to make your own free pieced barns.  Seriously!!

Book cover-AQS imageYou know how when you buy a new car, and all of a sudden you see them everywhere.  The same thing happens when Julie Sefton invites you to join the Secret Society of Barn Builders (SSOBB).  You start seeing barns everywhere and I do mean everywhere 😉  These are cell phone pictures of barns around where I live in Southern Illinois.

Wilke BarnRed Barn with SiloPole BarnsThe white and red barns in the picture above are pole barns.  They are utilitarian and not too interesting but they are very prevalent around here so I’m going to make one….but I’ll have to jazz mine up a bit using the fabrics below 😉  Check back on Thursday for the Pole Barn reveal.

Pole Barn FabricsThe Build-a-Barn cover quilt, See Rock City, is a fan-tabulous, awesome, stupendous free pieced barn quilt which I got to see in person at the 2014 AQS Paducah quilt show.  At the time I had no idea I would, in a small way (a secret, oh so hard to keep secret SSOBB way), participate in it’s journey to a book.  See my SSOBB page here.  It was an honor and great fun!! 

The Brave ChickenFor a chance to win an author signed copy of Julie’s Build-a-Barn No Pattern Construction book, leave me a funny comment.  I’ll draw the winner on Saturday, June 11th.  Make sure I have your email address 🙂

Happy Quilting, 


23 thoughts on “Build-A-Barn Blog Hop

  1. Maybe not so funny to you, but my husband always says he would like to like in a barn or a barn-inspired house design. And the day of your drawing is his birthday.
    Love your design. It is so pretty, and the mother hen is pretty inspiring, too.

  2. So over here at Quilts and Dogs we walk every morning. This morning we went a different a route. With all the rain lately (over 10 inches in 3 days) we have standing water along the route. McGee was avoiding 2 inches of water on the sidewalk, and stepped off into the grass……..and fell into a foot deep hole filled with water! His EARS FLOATED! LOL. He was startled, but fine…..and I laughed at him. A lot.

    I don’t need to be in the drawing, but thought I would entertain everyone with how funny the Bad Basset Boyz are!

  3. I love your sky and the “too perfect” doors… I realized when seeing the picture of the real barn why yours are “too perfect.” I made some impulsive, kinda messy barns, but some day I’ll make a more careful one like you all have done. They’re beautiful.
    Q: A barn has 4 walls. All of the walls are facing south, and a bear is circling the barn. What color is the bear?

    A: The barn is on the north pole, so the bear is white.

  4. I remember the day we were working in the field on the farm where we would eventually live, and saw the old barn go down. Evidently the hay stored there was too heavy for it. Eventually we build a much bigger barn with rounded roof and plenty of storage. The lower level had built in cement feed bunks with a walk way in the middle, so we wheel barrowed the silage to the feed bunks The silo was right next to the barn.

  5. Love your barn with the windy sky. Looking forward to the next post. The last few weeks I have been noticing lots of barns.

  6. I love the barns. I think I need to construct a ‘shed’ block to remember my sewing shed when I move interstate soon. Our real estate agents refer to it as a studio (which it is) as they don’t understand our humour of having a sewing shed.

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  8. How big a barn can you cover with a quilt? I have seen cars covered with quilts; why not a barn?

  9. I’m loving all these barns and hope to try one of my own — sometime after I stop chasing a certain little puppy who keeps stealing all my time and fabric….

  10. You captured the details of your barn photo so well Cherie!

    I have Julie’s wonderful book, so don’t throw my name in for the drawing. But here’s a funny joke:

    What did the mama cow say to her calf?
    It’s pasture bedtime!

  11. I can’t think of a joke for you, so I looked one up.

    What do you get when a chicken lays an egg on top of a barn? An eggroll!

  12. Barn quilts bring back fun memories of me and my siblings playing hide and seek in the hay loft at my grandparents. It sad to see so many of the old barns being torn down.

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  14. I live on a pig farm with lots and lots of barns, so I’m really loving seeing all the barns Julie has inspired with her book! If I make a fabric barn, maybe I’ll finally figure out how to keep the piglets from escaping from their pens. (They giggle when you’re chasing them around the farm, trying to corral them. It’s a little insulting…)

  15. I have the board and the pattern to do my quilt for our building outside but my husband says we can not it because our siding because he does not want holes in the siding. Darn – now what do I do? 🙂 Maybe a sign out by the mail box 🙂

  16. I’m sorry to say that I am not quick witted enough to come up with something funny. But I will tell you I do like to hammer in nails…somehow I find it relaxing. I love the barn quilts and I would like to try to make one.

  17. I GREW UP in a barn…just kidding, spent much time there as a kid in my grandma’s. Just was torn down so I am looking for a way through quilting that I can commemorate it for my siblings and I.

  18. I LOVE BARNS! Ours was just torn down and I’d like to make a quilt to commemorate it. We grew up in it, literally 🙂

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