If you build a real barn you do need a pattern of sorts, but you on these you just need an idea. Or a photo. A photo helps a lot.
When I first came upon Julie she was working on her own barn quilt. Before the book, before the idea, before the quilt show ribbons, it was just Julie working on her barns. I was enthralled with the barns she was making and I began following her. Every once in a while, I would ask if she was going to write a book or do patterns. She would always say, no.
I am so glad she finally changed her mind!
When she started writing the process work for the book, she asked several of her quilt friends (by then I had bugged her enough to be noticed!) to come together as the Secret Society of Barn Builders, affectionately called SSOBB. And we had to keep it all a secret. Ohhhhh. Hard.
She would write and send us the notes We made barns and proofed the notes.
Eventually, we all had barns. And for some odd reason, I had two. I thought we were supposed to do a barn for each of the process sessions she was sending. Obviously I was mistaken because I was the ONLY one who ended up with TWO barns!
Julie walks you through step by step, which I am woefully inadequate at doing on my own. But it did make it easier to build my barns in the long run.
It also helps to have a picture or sketch. Most of the SSOBBs had great photos of barns. We don't have many great barns here in the south, especially in the city. So I just worked from my mind and what I thought a barn should be.
My barn grew starting from doors, to roofs, to fields of green.
Here I was testing the roof line.
Barns definitely need those windmills and a pond to water the cows who live inside.
This is the final product. Julie's amazing quilter Chris quilted the 13 little barns for us.
Our barns are now traveling to AQS quilt shows across the US right now.
Did I mention there was a giveaway?
If you leave a comment talking about a barn you have a picture of, either in your mind or your photos, I will give you one entry to the winner's circle and one of Julie's autographed books.
If you stop in again this week and see the second barn I made, I will give you a SECOND entry!
And I have one more post for the Blog Hop this week where i will talk about other ways you can use the book. Like my Cajun Camps. You can get ANOTHER chance!
It is improvisation, you know!
Oh, and I expect all my friends to enter, I am watching you!!!!!