Welcome to Month 2 of the Barn Quilt BOM by Sherry Shish of Powered by Quilting. On the first Wednesday of each month for a total of six months I will make the block for that month post photos and suggestions right here on my blog. I will also post on the Powered by Quilting Quilters Group Facebook page and on Instagram (#janda_bend_quilts). This month, a bonus, I am posting my version of the completed Mini Quilt 1 as well. This mini quilt is made from 4 blocks of Block 1 and 4 blocks of Block 2. See my Block 1 post for more about Block 1. However, I am getting ahead of myself.
How do I get the pattern?
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My Hints and Suggestions for Block 2
This month, I made four blocks of Block 2! The mini quilt uses four blocks of Block 1 and four blocks of Block 2. In my Introductory Post last month, I showed all of my focus fabrics. The fabrics for Block 2 are shown below. They are from You Are My Sunshine by Moda and solid white from Kona Cotton.
Block 2 is actually rectangular. My version is shown in the photo below.
To speed along the cutting of the quilt pieces, I used my Accuquilt cutter to cut the half square triangles and the quarter square triangles. I have a Go! Big Cutter and really love it. The cutter is electric and can cut large dies or two smaller dies at the same time. Want more information go to Accuquilt (affiliate link). See pictures below.
I sewed two patches together, pressed toward the dark and then sewed the remaining seam. Then before pressing, I used the Eleanor Burns method of getting the seams to lie flat. I removed the three stitches across the seam (remember to remove them from each side of the patch), swirled the seams clockwise, smooshed down the center so that you see the four patch in the seam, and then pressed flat. I did this for each hour-glass patch. See photos below.
Then I sewed the flying geese patches and aligned the patches for each of the four blocks, and sewed them together as shown below.
After completing four Block 2 blocks, I aligned them with the Block 1 patches as shown and sewed them together. I love the way this makes a center star. See photos below.
After basting the backing, batting, and top together, I quilted the 24" by 24" mini quilt on my sewing machine with off-white thread. I sewed it vertically and horizontally along seam lines. SInce I was quilting straight across the mini quilt, I was able to start and stop my quilting stitches off the quilt itself. I used 2.5" fabric strips in a coordinating fabric to bind the quilt. See finished mini-quilt below.
Want to See More Versions of Block !?
Here are the Hosts who are Quilting Along:
Abbie Danahy @ Sparkle On!
April Adams (That's Me) @ JANDA Bend Quilts
Kathleen McCormick @ Kathleen McMusing
Vanda Chittenden @ Quilting with Vanda
You can also sign up for the Powered by Quilting Quilters Group Facebook page to see other versions and post your own!
What is the Schedule?
The blocks will be released on the first Wednesday of each month for six months.
How Do I Start?
Until then, Happy Quilting!
This post first appeared at JANDA Bend Quilts.
I am a quilter who is starting a new adventure. After retiring in May 2016, I became a certified Quilt in a Day Instructor. I am certified to teach workshops using Quilt in a Day patterns and techniques. In addition, I am designing my own quilt patterns.
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