I signed up for a block of the month that’s a similar design, so my thought was that I would finish each block and display it on the stand until the next was completed. Yeah, I’m pretty behind on those, so that’s not happening. This is January, February, and March, without a single stitch of embroidery on any of them.
I don’t want to put away the stand, because it’s cute, but I definitely needed something not so wintery to put on it. Luckily, I was hit with inspiration. I love barn quilts, and I even have a red barn I could put one on, but I’ve never followed through and made one. Now that we’ll be moving in a couple of years, I think it’s time to let go of the idea.
However, a mini barn quilt would be perfect for my stand! I decided to go with solid colors to represent what would be paint on an actual barn quilt, and a wood grain print for the background. I love how it turned out!
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To make this you’ll need:
Cotton fabric in light blue, dark blue, light green, dark green, light yellow, dark yellow, light red, and dark red
Cotton fabric in a wood grain print
fabric for binding
ribbon or cord for hanging
quilt square stand (optional)
This block is made entirely of half square triangles. They will eventually end up 2 1/2” square, but we’re going to start with something a little larger and trim it later. My thanks to Jacquelynne Steves for the cheat sheet to determine the size I needed. Cut the following number of 3 1/8” squares from each fabric:
4 light blue
4 dark blue
4 light green
4 dark green
2 light yellow
2 dark yellow
2 light red
2 dark red
12 wood grain
Also cut a 12 1/2” square for the back and 12 1/2” from the batting.
Set aside 4 of the wood grain squares for the corners. We’re going to assemble the outer squares that include the wood grain pieces first. Lay out one wood grain square with the grain turned in the direction you’d like it to end up in your block. For me, that was with the boards running vertically.
Lay a light blue piece on top, with right sides together. Using a fabric marking pen, draw a diagonal line from the upper left to lower right corner. Pin the squares together.
Stitch 1/4” from the line on both sides. You can draw these lines on too, if you’d like.
Cut along the line between the stitching.
Open up into a square and press.
This made two pieces - the top row, second square from the left and bottom row, second square from the right.
Lay out another wood grain square, with a light blue one face down on top, but this time draw the line from the upper right to lower left corner. Stitch as before and cut along the line.
This set is opposite the first.
These will be the first square on the left in the fifth row, and the first square on the right in the second row.
Repeat this process to assemble the dark blue, light green, and dark green squares that include wood grain. I’d recommend laying the pieces out as you go, like a puzzle, so you make sure all of the squares are looking like they should.
Once that’s finished, you can start matching up colors. These are easier, because there’s no wood grain so no direction you have to keep track of. This is how the remaining squares pair up:
light blue - dark blue (2)
light red - dark green (1)
dark red - light green (1)
light green - dark yellow (1)
dark yellow - light red (1)
dark red - light yellow (1)
light yellow - dark green (1)
Mark, pin, and stitch these in the same way we made the ones that included wood.
Looks a little wonky, huh? We still need to trim them to size. It takes a little longer, but I was really glad took the extra time, because they came out so much nicer.
Using a ruler with a diagonal line to match to the seam, cut each square, including the four corners, to 2 1/2”.
See how much neater they look?
Stitch the squares together side by side into rows with a 1/4” seam. Press the seams. Just so you don’t think this all went smoothly, see that third square in on the second row? The one with the short threads sticking out of it? I had to take that one out and sew it back in TWICE because somehow I kept turning it around! 😕
Stitch the rows together and press the seams.
Trim the edges if needed, making sure to stay 1/4” away from the star tips. Trim the backing and batting to match the top.
Lay the backing out, right side down. Add the batting and top, right side up. Pin well. Quilt as desired. Since this is only for display, I just stitched around, close to the star. I was afraid any stitching on the star itself would take away from the painted barn star effect I was going for.
Bind the edges using your favorite method. This is mine. I cut the binding 2 1/8” wide, and stitched it to the back by hand.
I was a little worried about using the wood background, but I’m really happy with it. It emphasizes the barn idea.
I don’t think I’m going to want to take this down if I ever get my wool applique finished!