Surprise Build-a-Barn Post

I’m popping in for a surprise build-a-barn post….I do know it’s not Thursday 😉  Read about my turn on the Build-A-Barn blog hop and leave a comment to win an authored signed copy on this blog post.

buildabarnI was working a bit with the fabrics for my pole barn and thought I’d share why I’ve selected them.

Pole Barn FabricsThe green and light blue are obvious, green crops and blue sky although I’m not totally sure about the blue……may have a look see for something I like better.  The royal blue and white are for a silo like these which we see around here.

Blue SilosAs you may, or may not know, I have an extensive thrifted shirt collection……this shelf is all thrifted fabrics 🙂  It’s a beautiful sight…..I know you’re jealous, lol.

Thrifted Shirt ShelfI love the hunt of finding a cool shirt, love the $0.89/lb price (Goodwill Clearance Center), love de-boning them (yes, I love this part, I find it soothing and rewarding), and am in love with the variety of stripes, plaids and prints that are different from what everyone else is working with…..well except for the other thrifted shirt quilters, LOL 😉  For my Brave Chicken quilt, I used shirtings for the sky.  I wanted colors that gave the impression of turbulent skies. I think the plaid with the shot cotton achieved that.

The Brave ChickenFor my pole barn, I wanted stripes that would kind of, sort of, give the corrugated steel feel. 

Pole Barn ExampleI wanted two of them so the doors would be different, although not all pole barns have different colored doors.  So I went digging in my shirtings and came up with these two.  I think they’ll do nicely 🙂

Pole Barn ShirtingsDid you know chocolate brown shirts are hard to come by?  Bonnie Hunter mentioned this a looooong time ago and I never, ever pass up a chocolate brown shirt 🙂  That’s how I was able to make this 100% thrifted shirt log cabin!

Cabin in the WoodsBe sure to comment on this post for a chance to win an author signed copy of Build-a-Barn No Pattern Construction by Julie Sefton.

6 thoughts on “Surprise Build-a-Barn Post

  1. I love that quilt! I’m collecting shirts to make a log cabin quilt. Love your barn block!!!

  2. Oh Gosh! You may have just inspired me to add to my stash by collecting old shirts. I have three but have not de-boned them. Just what I need—–more fabric!!!!

  3. Wow, I would not think of using shirts for this quilt, but yours is definitely working out great. It adds a texture or depth dimension.Would love to win the book. Thanks

  4. First – those shirtings fabrics are perfect for your pole barn.

    Second – OMG OMG OMG!!! That log cabin quilt is To-Die-For!!! I simply adore it.

  5. Yes, very jealous; shirts here are $3.99 and up. Slowly find $1 ones at garage sales. Love your log cabin. Great fabric picks for next barn.

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