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October 14, 2019
Quilts of Honor from Gray Barn Designs

Good morning!  It’s Cindy and Norma reporting in from Ohio today.  As you can see, Norma’s been “assisting” me with a special project.NormaMy guild is gearing up for Veteran’s Day.  We’ll be presenting approximately 20 Quilts of Honor to veterans in a special ceremony.

My job in the next few weeks is to tack down the hanging sleeves on some of the quilts.  Below is the first one I started.  SleeveEach quilt is unique, making our ceremony even more special for the veterans we will honor.  IMG_3051The quilting in the photo below really enhances the ...

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October 10, 2019
Missing TAG from Gray Barn Designs

It’s Cindy reporting that I miss my TAG (Teen Age Girl), a neighbor and a beginning quilter.

I’ve been organizing and getting some projects ready to sew when I found TAG’s ‘stash’…a pile of neatly stacked 5 inch squares she cut out last spring.  Her organization skills are awesome, thanks to her mom!  AND she gained a lot of confidence with a rotary cutter while cutting out these squares.  Her plan is to make a quilt with rainbow colors.IMG_3010TAG has also started a yellow and green charm square quilt.  All the squares are sewn together ...

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October 7, 2019
My BFF is Back! from Gray Barn Designs

Hi everyone, it’s Cindy.

I am happy to report that my Best Friend Forever (BFF) is now back at home, safe and sound.  We were taking a break for 30 days and are now happily reunited.  My BFF is running smoothly after a few tweaks and a good cleaning.  Time to get to work!

Bernina picI am working on a new jelly roll pattern and some pieces are sewn together.  These colors are perfect for fall. IMG_2996For more fall color, I hung my pumpkin & patchwork wall hanging.Patchwork pumpkinHave a great week everyone!

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October 3, 2019
Dusting off Saturdays from Gray Barn Designs

I love how the change of seasons forces me to dust my home whilst reconsidering my decorating choices. Without the holiday prompts, I’m not sure that there would ever be any deep cleaning in my home, because, well, I suffered deep childhood trauma around dusting.

You see, when we were growing up on the farm, we had to get up and milk cows every Saturday morning just like every other day. Then instead of going to school, we had to perform a thorough house cleaning, which was orchestrated and institutionalized by our mother. Mom (who’s reading this — “Hi ...

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October 1, 2019
More From the Washington State Fair from Gray Barn Designs

Hello!  Cindy reporting in from Ohio.

When we visited the Washington State Fair earlier this month, I couldn’t resist this picture.  We wandered by the “Bacon Baked Goods” and I wondered if I was sleep walking…bacon and quilts…is this the ultimate dreamy combination or what???Bacon x 3

I made this quilted wall hanging several years ago.  It’s a pattern by Edyta Sitar appropriately named “Tree of Life”.  It’s a great pattern for batik fabrics and how about that little birdie on the bottom…it’s so cute!  I like the scrappy binding.  Tree of lifeSince we were in Washington ...

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September 23, 2019
Happy Change of Seasons! from Gray Barn Designs

Today is one of those days that reminds me why I like living in the northern hemisphere. I suppose I get a little bored by each season and so I’m happy to observe the big changes in the landscape and the vegetation that occur every 3 months.

Queen Ann’s lace – a harbinger of fall at the farm.

Older sister Sue, mom, my roommate and I spent the last week on Hilton Head Island. Fall-like weather had even invaded the island, so we had a lovely time enjoying the sun, the surf, and even a little bit of rain ...

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Fall is Here! from Gray Barn Designs

What a special day for me here in Ohio!  It’s the first day of fall AND I received a special package in the mail from my Dear Friend (KH) in New York.

We usually send each other a little gift to celebrate this beautiful time of year (KH, your gift is late but on the way!)

Below is a picture of my special gift.  It’s a Swedish dishcloth designed by three bluebirds…how cute!  It’s almost too pretty to use, but I think it has many uses…maybe even a coaster for a big mug of spiced ...

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And it’s done! from Quilting and More...

After weeks of fiddling and worrying about how to do this or that, I finally have a brand-new version of my admittedly and woefully out-of-date web site! I couldn’t have done it without a *ton* of help from a generous friend who walked me through every glitch I encountered. On top of design glitches, my […]

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September 20, 2019
Washington State Fair Quilts & More! from Gray Barn Designs


Lucky me!  While we were in Washington State, the Washington State Fair was in progress.  Of course I dragged Dear Hubby (DH) to the quilt exhibit!  Most of the quilts were hung on high rafters above cases of other hand craft exhibits.  The larger quilts were folded in half or thirds so all the quilts could be displayed.IMG_2557The quilt below was really interesting.  As you can see from the photo above, it looks blurry from a distance but when you get close up, it’s not blurry at all, just cleverly pieced with bold prints, patterns and bright colors ...

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September 17, 2019
Dresden Escape Published in Make Modern Magazine from Gray Barn Designs

It’s true, I’m back from vacation!  Sandy is now vacationing on a beach on the east coast and hopefully avoiding tropical storms…or worse!

We’re excited to announce that a pattern we designed has been published in the most recent Make Modern Magazine, a digital quilting magazine.

Last August when Sandy came to visit, we decided to design a quilt for mom and give it to her for Christmas.  Mom is a fan of 30’s prints and we wanted her quilt to look modern and fresh so we added lots of white space and some pinwheels ...

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September 13, 2019
Vintage Treasure #4 from Gray Barn Designs

Did I mention that Cindy’s still on vacation? She wrote most of this before she left….

Sandy and I previously posted about working on three vintage quilts for a family friend.  We are happy to report the happy ending of two of these threee projects.

Bea was so touched by this finished quilt because it was made from her father’s flannel shirts.
Plaid flannel 1Sandy and I found a soft, bright red flannel for the backing and then we chose a solid blue flannel for the binding.
Plaid flannel 4Soft swirls were perfect for the quilting.  Sandy and I agree that this ...

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September 9, 2019
Before and After from Gray Barn Designs

Cindy wrote this post before she went on vacation. She’s frolicking on the West Coast, as we discussed….

I was helping a friend clean out some things from her mother-in-law’s house and we came across this little bird.  It appeared to need a bit of TLC but I saw the potential in this cute sewing organizer.

Before 2
Before Birdie

Our son is crafty and one of his hobbies is painting small things.  He likes to paint Christmas ornaments and little boxes and personalize them for each person.  I decided to turn this little birdie over to him for a ...

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September 8, 2019
The County fair, post 3............ from Exuberant Color

There is always a wide selection of Christmas items entered in the fair.

The bottom row here is Christmas afghans and quilts.  The second from the left is Sarah's and is a One Block Wonder laid out like a huge Christmas ornament.  Maybe I can get a better photo to show you if she brings it to my house some day.

This is one more section of quilts with an interesting variety.

Today is the last day of our 5 day fair.

My row of zinnias is doing well.  I'm so glad we didn't have many Japanese ...

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September 7, 2019
The county fair continued........... from Exuberant Color

The quilt in the upper right is one entry by a lady who won many ribbons.

At the top left is a miniature of the same pattern that she also made.

I used my zoom lens to get closer to the mini version.  All I can say is WOW!

Another friend made this beautiful plaid crazy pieced quilt.

My friend Sarah won a blue ribbon on her bargello table runner.

Near Sarah's table runner was this little table mat.  I asked the lady in charge of the building if we could see it closer and she came over and ...

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September 6, 2019
The county fair............ from Exuberant Color

I'm always talking about my friends who come over to sew and one of them won the purple "best of category" on two of her quilts.  This one is the barn quilts from NC in the blocks.

This is her other one which she calls lanterns.  Remember this is a county fair not a quilt show in an auditorium.  The quilts are folded and hanging on pipe rails.  This building houses all of the home arts including the food entries.

Another friend who comes over to sew occasionally won 2 purple ribbons too and one of them is on ...

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It’s On from Gray Barn Designs

I’m here to report that Cindy is on vacation again. I’m not bitter. Really. Well sorta. Maybe kinda. Almost definitely.

To compound the bitterness, she started texting me pictures like this:

Mt. Rainer – meh.

So I fired back with this:

Top of the hill above the Gray Barn — spiritual

Then she texted a picture of a delicious fresh fig….

Juicy, to be sure, but you can’t eat the whole thing.

So I let her know that there was no way she was going to one-up me!

Fig Newtons — 100% edible and I didn’t have to fly ...

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September 2, 2019
September is Here! from Gray Barn Designs

Cindy reporting in from Ohio!  I know it’s not officially fall BUT since it’s September 2, it sure seems like the summer is over…pools are closing, schools are in session and it’s on to fall themes!

I changed out my patriotic wreath for something more fall-ish.
Fall WreathMy marigolds are doing great AND they bring lots of fall cheer.  This is one of my favorites…LOVE the orange and yellow!
Marigold StudyWhen I was up at the farm last week, I promised mom I would make a few appliance covers for her.  I wanted to quilt them to ...

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August 29, 2019
Art Quilt Exhibit from Gray Barn Designs

My dear friend (DF), MJ, invited me to a local Art Quilt Exhibit and I jumped at the chance because I haven’t seen her in FOREVER!

We attended “Cypress Bark and Sandstone, Studies in Burnt Orange” that displayed art quilts created by Frauke Palmer, a local Columbus artist.  Her designs are inspired by hikes through the American Southwest and she uses photographs from her experiences to make these incredibly beautiful quilts.

Bryce Canyon, one of my favorite places on Earth, was featured in the quilt below.  I was transported to Bryce Canyon in an instant.
Bryce CanyonAnother favorite of mine ...

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August 26, 2019
It’s Quiet Here, Except for the Sewing from Gray Barn Designs

The kid is gone — off to college– and on to new adventures. Last Tuesday was a rough day, but we’re all past it and settling into the new normal. I made sure to make the bed in the dorm room before I left so that his graduation gift had center stage — at least for a few hours. I’m pretty sure that he’s not using it because it’s hotter than “the hot place” in those ivy-covered brick buildings with no air conditioning available!

All packed and ready to go.

My sewing room has once again become my ...

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August 20, 2019
Christmas Sofa Quilt – A Free Pattern from Gray Barn Designs

Good morning from Cindy in Ohio!  I just finished the pattern for Sandy’s latest masterpiece…a “Christmas Sofa Quilt”!
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We fell in love with this Little Tree fabric line and knew it was the perfect match for Sandy’s pattern.  She combined four 10 inch (finished) patchwork blocks to make one large patchwork block.  Here’s a close up view:

Block Close Up

Sandy designed this quilt with a 2 inch tone on tone border to showcase these lovely Christmas prints.  We like this pattern because the large floral blocks and the color scheme can easily be changed to use other themed ...

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