Christmas Sofa Quilt – A Free Pattern

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 fabrics for Valentine’s Day, Easter, July 4th, Halloween, Thanksgiving,  Quilts of Valor, Birthdays…you get to choose!

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You can find the FREE pdf pattern by clicking on this link: Christmas Sofa Quilt 08 20 19

We’ll also be posting this pattern to the FaveQuilts website  where you can find many more FREE quilt patterns for quilting inspiration.

 

 

A New Christmas Quilt Pattern!

Cindy here, reporting in from Ohio.  I did a lot of sewing this past weekend and finished a beautiful Christmas quilt that Sandy designed.

For the patchwork squares, Sandy combined four 10 inch blocks (finished size) to make one large 20 inch block (finished size).

We were looking for just the right fabric line for Sandy’s design and fell in love with “Little Tree” by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics.  What do you think?
Outside picWe ordered our fabrics from Fabric Shack, a favorite store of ours in Waynesville, Ohio. We’re working on the FREE pattern right now and hope to post it very soon!  Stay tuned!
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Modern God’s Eye – A New Pattern

Sandy and I are excited to tell you about our latest project!  Last November we submitted several designs to FaveQuilts and Leisure Arts  for a book dedicated to quilted wall hangings.  We are thrilled that one of our designs was chosen for this book of eleven unique projects!
Book pic 1Currently, the book is available for purchase on the Leisure Arts Website and on Amazon.  In August, the book will be available in Joann Fabric and Craft Stores.

Last November, we were reminiscing about Girl Scout Camp and how we used to make God’s Eye crafts from sticks we found in the woods and scraps of yarn.  WHOA!  What if we designed a quilt around this concept???  THEN we decided to call it “Modern God’s Eye”.   Below is a picture from the book.
IMG_1915The book also highlights the quilting from Sharon Johnson of Purple Cow Long Arm Quilting.  Sharon lives here in Ohio and she does a great job, as you can see!
Sharon's quiltingThe fabrics we used are from Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements Collection.  These solid colors are perfect for this modern quilt design.  Speaking of design, Sandy and I are big fans of using EQ8 software from Electric Quilts.  It’s easy for us to share design ideas electronically with this program, especially since we live in different states!

Here’s a sneak peak at the back of the book.  We think you will find a project that works with your décor!
Back of book portrait

 

 

 

 

Summer Days Go By

Cindy and I are reveling in lots of excellent quilting news — the most exciting of which is that Cindy’s Girls’ Best Friend quilt will be featured in the next issue of Make Modern magazine, which will be published tomorrow! Issue 29 is stuffed with wonderful quilting ideas and we are hopping up and down in anticipation of this milestone for Gray Barn Designs! Yippee!

Last week we ran a contest to give away a 6-month subscription to Make Modern for someone who commented on our blog. Elaine was the winner and her name has been submitted to the publishers of Make Modern who generously donated the gift. Thank you Make Modern!

I spent some time on the farm last night walking with our older sister and enjoying the peace and quiet of the hill. The sun was offering a soft golden light. It was just what I needed.

Older sister is a lover of all things birch trees. We caught this reflection in the pond.
LOL — Mom had some cement work done around the house and one of the cats left their mark forever.

The improve graduation quilt is completed and gifted. It’s headed off to college in about 6 weeks.

Neutral tones and strong purples with a scrappy binding (thanks to Cindy)!

Other exciting quilting news is on the horizon soon, so be sure to stay tuned.