A quick post today – another barn quilt square from the Carver County barn quilt project!
This is the Daisy Applique Barn Quilt block on the Lois and Dean Degler barn which can be found at 9111 Audubon Road in Chanhassen, Minnesota.
The side of the barn with the quilt square on it faces the fields rather than the road, so getting a picture is a bit of a challenge. And also why it looks more like a diamond than a square shape, but it really is a square.
Hope you’re enjoying these!
Finally, another barn quilt square to share with you from the Carver County barn quilt project!
This is the Kerber Farm, located at 410 Arboretum Blvd (Hwy 5) Victoria, Minnesota.
The block is called Goose in the Pond.
This particular block is just east of the Arboretum’s Apple House on Highway 5. It’s set back from the road some and I’m sure I’ve driven past it tons of times without noticing it.
Hope you’re enjoying these!
This was something of an unintentional find. I had my camera with me because we were driving out to the county fairgrounds and I wanted to get pictures there. As we were zooming along, I noticed one.
After we were done at the fair, we stopped back and took a couple pictures. This is the Andrew Peterson barn, located in Laketown Township, at 8060 Parley Lake Road, Waconia. I love this picture, and Zoe was so excited to see the horses I had to remind her to stay in the car. I’m hoping to get back there with a different lens on my camera, the one I had was not great for getting a picture of the block itself. (Or, equally likely, the camera operator is inexperienced and needs more practice!)
This quilt block is called “Swedish Apple Orchard”. It’s very fitting for this site as Andrew Peterson was a Swedish immigrant who farmed and planted apples here in the mid to late 1800s. Peterson was a horticulturist who planted over 100 varieties of apples while experimenting to determine which could best survive the harsh Minnesota winters and resist blight.
On March 8, 1873, Peterson wrote in his diary, “This winter I have grafted 404 apple trees, 13 pear trees, 30 plum trees and 12 cherry trees.” The Minnesota Historical Society published an article in their Minnesota History Magazine in the summer of 1972 about Peterson. Here’s a link if you are interested in reading more about his work.
Look where we went today!
Of course, if you know that today is the 6th and happened to notice that all those dates are in the future, you might be thinking our calendar was off and we went too early. Don’t worry, we had it right!
Today was the day to drop off fair entries. We had never done this before, but I made jam and thought it might be fun to enter it. After looking at all the entries for kids, Zoe decided to enter one of her stories. We dropped those off this morning while hockey boy was at practice.
We also took advantage of the fact that the fair was not actually open and grabbed a picture of this building. See that? It’s one of the first barn quilt squares in the county collection! A log cabin square on the log cabin, of course.
If you want to see this square in person, your options are pretty limited. If the fairgrounds are closed, the closest you can get to it is the view from the other side of the chain link fence.
Do you go to your county fair? Have you entered anything? Maybe next year I’ll be brave and enter something I’ve sewn in the fair.
It’s kind of a dreary drizzly day today, but I managed to get these pictures while hockey boy was at practice this morning.
This is the Barckhoff Barn, located at 1255 78th St in Victoria, Minnesota.
Kind of a lot going on over there. The sign on the tree says “Welcome to Jack’s world”. I showed it to my Jack, who’s seven. His response – “I have my own world? Whoa… Wowwww…”
Here’s a closer look at the square. Google translate says “Suum Cuique” means “to each his own” in Latin.
And one last pic… Did you see the gingerbread cutouts by the barn? And the cows by the old farm equipment?
Hope you’re enjoying these!
Here’s another barn quilt for you! This one is located on the Street / Smith Farm on County Road 10 in Chaska, MN.
This block is called Dahlia. I like that it’s hung on the diagonal. Here’s another shot of the barn. Too bad about the electrical pole right in the way there.
I also found the square at the County Fair, but I’ll have to wait until the fair opens to take a picture. They seemed rather insistent about their no trespassing signs over at the fairgrounds, and the angle was all wrong to try to get a picture through the fence!
There is a barn quilt not far from my house. After doing a little searching, I discovered there are plans for a barn quilt on one barn in each township in Carver County. More than twenty have been completed already.
This barn is part of the Clarence Kelzer Farm in Chaska, Minnesota.
This project is funded by a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and supported by the Chaska Area Quilt Club. Quilt blocks are painted on 8’x8’ wooden squares that are mounted onto the barns.
I hope I can find them all and share them with you!
On Friday, there was a secret sister swap. I had opted out because I have been working very hard at being more realistic with my time commitments and didn’t want to sign up for a spot and then be scrambling at the last minute to pull something less than stellar together for my person. I knew I would miss out on something fun, but I didn’t want to disappoint someone, so it was okay.
After the swap, Mel said, “Wait, there’s one more!” In addition to all the goodies they had brought for their secret sisters, they had also brought me gifts. Here I was, so happy that they were all here, amazed that they had all been willing to make the trip and they thought they should bring me gifts? I was overwhelmed before I even looked at the contents of the bag Mel handed me. And when I pulled out this?
I cried. This is the wall quilt Vanessa made. See those white spaces in the border? The pen we had stopped to get earlier in the day was so that everyone could sign their name on it. It’s kind of like the quilter’s version of the camp t-shirt everyone signs at the end of camp, only so much more awesome.
There were so many amazing things in this bag, and I love them all. In fact, if you look at the pictures in this month’s challenge post, everything pictured came to me from a Sewing Mama that weekend. And those aren’t even all the things. I’ll show you the others in another post. I’m making a note to tell them no gifts next time, but wondering if we could all make and bring wall quilts to swap with white space for signing…
Perhaps if I start mine now I’ll be ready.
Quilters, listen up!
The folks over at Arrow Sewing Cabinets, who offer Kangaroo Kabinets and Arrow sewing cabinets, are having a contest!
They are looking for 3 quilts – two that are about 36″ square and one that’s 65″x55″. Check out the details on their blog – you may have a quilt already completed that would fit the bill, and if not, you can submit a design that you will create if they select it.
Winners in each category will get:
Large quilt: Any Arrow or Kangaroo cabinet that has an MSRP of 699.99 or less, or 699.99 off the MSRP of any Arrow/Kangaroo cabinet.
Small quilt: Any Arrow or Kangaroo cabinet that has an MSRP of 599.99 or less, or 599.99 off the MSRP of any Arrow/Kangaroo cabinet.
On Saturday, I went to machine quilting class. Class was from 10am until 4pm, with a half hour break in the middle. For the first part of class, we used the walking foot, or in my case, just engaged the IDT on my Pfaff.
all of our mistakes glaringly obvious it easier to see what we were doing, we used thread that contrasted well with the muslin fabric we were practicing on, and used a different colored thread in the bobbin. First we worked on stitching in the ditch. This means we just stitched over the seam lines of our 9-patch block. Sounds pretty easy, right? Mine was pretty dreadful.
I could just show you this little bit and you might think it was okay –
But then when I showed you this other part, which is more representative of the rest of the piece…
…you’d see there is room for improvement! See those green lines? That’s where the stitching should have gone. My stitching in the ditch was more like strolling all over the road. We practiced for a bit and then moved on to other techniques. (Whew!)
The next thing we did was the diagonal lines on our 9-patch block. I think this was called “line of sight” quilting, but that could be completely wrong. I should have written it down!
Anyway, I started at one corner of the block and kept an eye on the corner I wanted to go to, focusing on the corner rather than the machine’s presser foot. That turned out like this:
After we did the center diagonal lines, they were used as a guide to make the stitching lines on either side of them. This worked out pretty well. I ended up with this nice set of squares on point in the middle block:
The next bit seemed to go better.
For this one, we put down strips of masking tape to make our guidelines. Aligning the edge of the foot with the tape, I was able to make nice straight lines. Then we marked dots between a set of the lines and practiced making a zigzag between the lines. The nice thing about this is that it’s okay to just consider the dots to be a suggestion. It didn’t matter if the stitching didn’t make it right to the dot since they were just washable marker spots no one would know the original intent!
Straight zigzags like this were pretty easy – just stitch a straight line and then stop and pivot by leaving the needle down and lifting the presser foot up. The next thing we tried were curves.
These worked well when stitching wide, gentle curves. But when the space was narrower, my nice curves seemed to trip a bit.
The last thing we tried before moving on to free motion quilting was using one of the machine’s decorative stitches.
This time the stitches were aligned with one of the straight lines from earlier. They are nice, but it takes a looonnnng time for those decorative stitches to stitch. This would make a neat border, or maybe something fun for just a few places on the quilt, but I don’t think I have the patience to do much more than that!
The second half of the class was about free motion quilting, but I’ll save that for another post. :) Have you tried quilting with a walking foot? I think the biggest thing was practice, practice, practice! Did your stitching in the ditch turn out better than mine?