Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Barns and more Barns

I'm determined that my barns will not become a UFO quilt.  You know, I never used to have a problem finishing my quilt tops.  I don't know what my problem is lately.  But my barns will be a top as I keep up with Lori's.  Since the quilt block in the barn is a 6", it is easy to work ahead of Lori with some blocks I've made once before.  Remember, I am trying to make them look like hex signs.
This red barn is probably my favorite of this next bunch.  I like the darker red and the hex sign/quilt block is perfect.  I like the roof, too.  It kind of looks like green thatch (if you squint).
This gray block is kind of a softer hue (and it was ironed, I don't know why it looks wrinkled in the photo).  I  went for a faux circle in my hex sign/quilt block.
I remade some of my Farmer's Wife blocks for these 6" blocks.  I tried to have the center square look like a distelfink.  A Distelfink is a classic bird in  hex signs.  Hex signs all have meaning.    A distelfink is there to wish good fortune.  Here is a site that tells what popular hex signs mean. 
The clover in a hex sign also roughly means good fortune.  I really like this clover block.
I made myself a cheat sheet for the cutting table when I cut my barns.  It helps me remember what I'm supposed to do.  I can't wait to see what Lori's next barn looks like.

-nanette

17 comments:

Nedra said...

your barns are looking great Nanette!

Muddling Through said...

I LOVE those barns! You are doing an amazing job, I so enjoy seeing your creativity at work!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

What a cute collection of barns Nanette! It is going to be a great quilt.

Mary said...

I love the quiltalongs she is doing and watching your interpretations. I ended up making my great granny a full size quilt so I kind of got overwhelmed to do the next 2 quiltalongs.

I am having trouble finishing lately which is unusual for me too. I guess I will blame too much inspiration and not enough time!

jenny said...

love that clover block!

jan said...

Nanette,
I really like the clover, but I think the red one is my favorite so far. I wish I had time to join in the barn raising!lol
Have fun
Jan

Cherilyn said...

I love your cheat sheet! Brilliant!! I need to make one! Your barns are super cute too!!!

Terri nana of 2 said...

These are just darling!

Cynthia said...

I love your barns! I like the red one with the green roof also. I can hardly wait to get started on mine. I'm anxious to see Lori's next reveal too!

Lori Holt said...

I'm loving how all of your barns are coming together Nanette. All of them look "so you"
I do love the green thatched roof too:)

Thimbleanna said...

Fabulous job Nanette! I love your cute little distelfink too!

•stephanie• said...

if i HAD to choose . . . the red and aqua are my favorites, but i love them all!

Mimi Sue said...

I love these barns! Almost as much as I love your little houses. Mimi

pratima said...

Beautiful block designs on the Barns! Clover leaf is unique and the color combinations are delicious!

Lynn said...

Love the barns, each is so happy and fun!

Sherri said...

I love them all! Just got my border on the row quilt so now I can build more barns!

trish said...

I love your barns!! :o)
Brilliant on the cheat sheet!