A Dozen Barn Quilt Blocks to Inspire


Have you built a barn? We know people who have! 

This is Marlene Mays’ first-ever free pieced barn. She plans to hand appliqué the chickens and tractor in the barnyard.

Sandra Queen’s second-ever free pieced barn features a large cross-timbered door, gabled roof, pumpkins, and hay bales.

Sandra Queen’s third barn, which she nicknamed “The Psychedelic Barn on a Hill” features a glorious pieced sky filled with hot air balloons. She said “I had so much fun. I did not know I had that much imagination!”

This is one of Brenda Lloyd’s very first sewing/quilting projects – her first-ever free pieced barn.

Brenda Lloyd’s second barn, complete with a large stone silo, features multiple stories and a gable roof.

This is Kathryn Gribben’s first-ever free piecing project. She is thrilled with the results and thought the process was so much fun!

These recent barn blocks of Julie Sefton’s feature a large weathered barn on a cloudy day, a rose-tinted Pollyanna barn, and a rainy springtime purple barn to show there are SO many ways to build a barn.

Free pieced barn blocks can be traditional (left) or minimalist (right) in design. Quilting can be freemotion (left) or walking foot (right).  You could also hand quilt your free pieced barn.

 Using the techniques in Build-A-Barn, Julie created this sampler to show four different styles of silos in wood, stone, concrete, and brick. (In case you’re wondering, that’s a tree silo on the right – did you know that tree seedlings can grow protected inside abandoned silos and eventually grow tall enough to extend above the silo’s open top?)

For those who prefer to work with solids, they work beautifully as shown in Julie’s recent Hay Bale Barn.

And, if you are intrigued by the process of free piecing but don’t want to literally build a barn . . .

Kaja Ziesler, who used the free piecing process described in Julie’s book to create a series of English lighthouses, shared this, “So what do I like about this book? I love Julie’s attitude to inspiring the reader. She gives us, in detail, her techniques and thought process but at every stage encourages us to do our own thing.”

Cathy Labath, a charter member of the Secret Society of Barn Builders (the makers of the BUILD A BARN gallery quilts), used Julie’s free piecing process to create a very special house in Ashfield Demesne, Beagh Parish, Galway Ireland – her late-1800s ancestral home. “Julie Sefton’s book Build-A-Barn walked me through the process of free piecing a barn, and that experience gave me the confidence to try free piecing my ancestral home. Believe me, if I can do it so can you. I’m more of a left-brained (logical) than right-brained (creative) person.”

Ready to build your own barn? Grab a print or ebook copy of Julie Sefton’s Build-A-Barn today!

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GREAT projects inspired by an AWESOME book!! Personally, I love ALL of Julie’s quilts.