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October 9, 2017
Machine Quilting Makes Me Talk Like a Pirate (Maybe even a sailor) from Gray Barn Designs

Arrrgh, me hearties — I’ve been at it once again — I’m talking about machine quilting !!?#*&&!!!

My new (to me) Bernina Virtuoso 153 Quilter’s Edition, wonderful and steady as she blows, cannot (apparently) save me from my own mistakes.

I’m determined to machine quilt my pix-elated sugar skull wall hanging. So I decided to use my walking foot and quilt it on the diagonal — easy as begging for candy from neighbors, right?

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Just before the real “fun” began.

As I began quilting, I was struggling with the pins and I was having trouble keeping the stitches even. Despite ...

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October 5, 2017
Stuck on the Border II from Gray Barn Designs

In a previous post, I was indecisive about what border and binding to add to my kaleidoscope pillow.  Thanks for all your feedback!

Rummaging through my sewing supplies, I found a package of Wright’s Bias Tape Maxi Piping and my plan came together in a flash!  I was no longer stuck on the border!

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I added a black border to my pillow and used the red bias tape maxi piping for an accent.  This piping went on quickly because I used the zipper foot attachment for my trusted Bernina.  Yikes!  Lots of batting fuzz on my fabric!

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October 2, 2017
FAMILY Pillow – Free Pattern from Gray Barn Designs

Need a gift for the upcoming holidays or other special occasion?  You can make this quilted pillow to share your love of family with those around you!

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I wanted this pillow to look modern and sophisticated.  I think the Navy on White Damask by Riley Blake Designs helped me to achieve this look.

Kona White and Kona Navy for the letters and background helped to bring all three fabrics together for an outstanding FAMILY…ha!  Pun intended!

While testing and double testing the pattern, I made 5 pillows!  One of the pillows I made used Garden Girl Damask Pink by ...

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September 25, 2017
Fuzzy Faux Fur “Fun” from Gray Barn Designs

Our niece is in college and wanted a few pillow covers for her birthday (oops, that was in July)!

In order to make up for my belated birthday gift, I splurged and bought some of this luxurious faux fur.  It made a gorgeous pillow cover!

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I had a left over strip of faux fur so I mixed it with some fleece to make another pillow cover.  What a fun project that turned out soft and cozy!

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After admiring my work, I had to move on to the clean up….not so fun!  Fuzzy faux fur sheds like crazy!  Yes, this ...

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September 13, 2017
Pix-elated Skull from Gray Barn Designs

I spent a fun weekend in Erie, Pa watching my roommate’s son-in-law run a marathon. SIL is a fast runner and the Erie race is a good one for qualifying for the Boston Marathon. The site of the race, Presque Isle state park, is lovely — I will definitely return to Erie for the beachfront, the shopping, the wine and the food.

 

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Calm Lake Erie on the morning of the race. The weather was perfect for runners.

SIL qualified — in personal best fashion. As a former (much slower) marathoner, it was a thrill to see him cruise across the finish ...

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September 11, 2017
Stuck on the Border from Gray Barn Designs

A few years ago, a friend gave me some cute fabric from “The Magic of Oz” collection by Wilmington Prints.

I love shoes (almost as much as I like fabric) so the ruby slippers print was the perfect gift for me.

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In the process of cleaning my sewing room, I found a favorite book by Sandy Bonsib.  I love Sandy’s patterns and there are several in this book that are on to my “to do” list.  The pattern “Kaleidoscope Kaper” seemed like a good fit for my ruby slippers fabric!

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I cut out all my triangles using the template ...

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August 31, 2017
Stressed by the Mess II from Gray Barn Designs

In a previous post, I mentioned the need to organize my sewing space.  Yesterday, I just decided to jump in and get busy!  I pulled everything off the closet shelves and just threw it all into a great big pile in the middle of the floor.  Talk about stuff!

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My sewing buddy, Norma, a Bearded Collie, wasn’t sure what to make of all that stuff on the floor so she decided to mind her own business off to the side…wise girl!

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I found a “few” dust bunnies.  Hmmm, I really think they are Norma fur mixed with miscellaneous ...

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August 24, 2017
Stressed By The Mess! from Gray Barn Designs

My sewing room is a mess and I must admit I am stressed!

I have piles of unrelated fabrics that have to be sorted!  Right now the burlap is crammed on a shelf with the minky, the fleece and the flannel.  Dearest hubby doesn’t call me “the stuffer” for no reason!

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I have bins full of unrelated colors and who knows what else lies beneath this mound?!

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Threads are thrown together in a haphazard fashion!

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I have too many pinks and the drawer is overflowing!  I tried to cram them back in the drawer but they won’t fit ...

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August 21, 2017
Eclipse Day 2017 from Gray Barn Designs

Today was a fun day, wasn’t it? Although the eclipse was less than full here in western New York, the event created a festive atmosphere in the dog days of August. I snapped an over the shoulder shot just as the action was starting — don’t worry, I took the picture without looking, so my vision is safe.

 

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The sun at about 1:15pm as the takeover begins.

The college campus where I work is about to explode with life and I can’t wait. Here’s a pic from this morning — the proverbial calm before the storm.

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August 17, 2017
2017 Ohio State Fair Quilts – III from Gray Barn Designs

I wanted to share a few more quilts from the 2107 Ohio State Fair with you.

Pinwheels are a favorite of mine and these batik fabrics were quite lovely.

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No words can describe the amazing quilt below.

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Another pinwheel quilt….love it!

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The quilting below was as interesting as the colors and patterns!

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This quilt depicts downtown Columbus, Ohio.  Lots of nice quilting details!

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Below is a favorite of mine.  Notice the words quilted into the design.  They are all words relating to the State of Ohio.  LOVE!!!

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Check out these Cathedral Windows…wow!  I mean wow!

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Color, pattern, texture ...

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August 1, 2017
2017 Ohio State Fair Quilts from Gray Barn Designs

The Ohio State Fair has many beautiful quilts on exhibit and I’d like to share some of them with you.

The pattern for the quilt below is titled “Artful Album Quilts” by Jane Townswick.  Ruth Pennell, the creator of this quilt, accomplished a beautiful mix of colors in this bright album quilt.  Her applique work is something I can only hope to aspire to!

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Second Place Winner – Ruth Pennell

The quilt below is called “Circle of Friends” and won a third place ribbon.  Rebecca Hamilton, creator of this quilt, used a nice mix of colors and textures.  Very ribbon ...

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July 25, 2017
Free Pattern: Christmas Joy Pillow from Gray Barn Designs

While Sandy was visiting, we went to the Red Rooster Quilt Store in Dublin, Ohio.  They have a great selection of 2017 Christmas fabrics in stock!

Jingle Toss by Maywood Studio caught my eye because it has a colorful mix of Christmas words and graphics.  I bought 2 fat quarters, a few coordinating fabrics and designed a pillow cover.  Here is the result!

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I designed the pillow cover to fit a 16 x 16 inch pillow form.  It’s the perfect size for my couch…not to big and not too small!

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I used three pairs of ties at the ...

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July 13, 2017
Travels Pillow: Opinions Needed! from Gray Barn Designs

While shopping at Red Rooster Quilts in Dublin, Ohio, I found this USA map panel.  It’s the perfect size for a large pillow that will probably finish around 20 x 20 inches square.  These colors work perfectly with our family room color scheme, game on!

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I decided to start in the New England states and work my way from east to west, keeping with the history of our nation.  I’m outlining every state with a straight stitch…Rhode Island is really tiny!

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Since I visited Alaska last year, I am very much in love with this state!  I ...

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July 7, 2017
The Blues Deliver from Gray Barn Designs

In my December 16, 2016 post I showed you the fabric for my “floating 8” quilt.  Below is the final result after Ms. SJ finished the quilting.

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I had some extra yardage so I made matching pillow shams.  Ms. SJ quilted them for me as well.

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Below is a picture of the border and binding.  Simply divine!

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This quilt and shams are a birthday gift for my good friend whose birthday is today.  She loves the color blue AND she just got a new mattress and box springs.  How timely…these blues will deliver birthday happiness!


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June 26, 2017
Family Pillow from Gray Barn Designs

We posted the “Celebrate Your Family” wall hanging pattern last week and received so many positive responses!  Thank you!

I made a practice panel before I published the pattern.  As I finished working on my “Family” practice panel, I realized I needed to tweak a few things for the final pattern.  What to do with the practice panel?  I decided to make a pillow!

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I had about a 1/2 yard of black and white print in my stash which was just the right amount to make a 4 inch outer border.  I like how the pink tones really pop ...

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June 22, 2017
Free Pattern to Celebrate Your Family from Gray Barn Designs

Every family has its quirky side — why not honor that uniqueness with a thoroughly modern quilt banner?

Sew up this quilt quickly and take it to display at this year’s summer family reunion. It could make you the most popular person in attendance.  Sandy and I will be rock stars at our family reunion next month!

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We wanted something bright, modern and of course quilted!  Pinwheels are a favorite of ours so we decided to play around with pinwheel layouts.  The pink and white blocks evolved and well, we love the results!

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We used scraps we had on hand ...

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June 15, 2017
Leibster Award For New Blogs from Gray Barn Designs

Lori Brewer from quiltingneeds.com nominated us for the Liebster Award. Thank you, Lori!  Lori’s blog is fun to read and by reading her posts, you know she has a heart of gold.  She is an inspiration to all of us as we quilt our way through life!

What is the Leibster Award?

The Liebster Award 2017 is an award that exists only on the internet, and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued ...

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June 8, 2017
Planned But Banned…THE END! from Gray Barn Designs

In my December 12, 2106 post, I showed you a quilt Sandy and I had planned but then it was banned from her house.  You can read about it here.

After finishing the top, I took it to my trusted quilter, Mrs. KB.  She suggested a rolling wave pattern to soften the angles and I like it!

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I am loving the green and purple contrast.  It took us forever to decide on this green fabric but it’s perfect.

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My go to method for tacking down quilt bindings is to use a slip stitch by hand.  I have three large ...

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June 5, 2017
Opinions and more! from Gray Barn Designs

Thanks for your opinions on my binding color!  I will be shopping for my  binding this week and appreciate all your comments.  It’s helpful to get lots of ideas and it’s fun to see how we all approach color and pattern.

Congratulations, Meg our-house-quilts!  You won the drawing for the American Made Brand patriotic 5″ squares package.  Send a comment to me with your address ( I won’t publish your comment) and I will drop your prize in the mail tomorrow morning.

This weekend was a good sewing weekend for me.  I have lots of projects in the ...

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June 2, 2017
“Your Opinion” Give Away from Gray Barn Designs

I need your opinion!

Everyone who comments will have their name entered into a drawing for one package of  American Made Brand 5″ cotton solids in patriotic colors (shown below).

The winner of the drawing will be announced on Monday, June 5, so be sure to check back in with us!

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Now, back to why I need your opinion!

I made the quilt below from a kit I purchased from Quilts & Sew Forth in Mentor, Ohio.  It’s a fast and easy pattern that uses two yards of three different fabrics.  BUT  there was not enough fabric in the kit ...

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