If you read my blog regularly, you will have heard me mention belonging to a "First Saturday Block of the Month" group at a local quilt shop named Quilt's Etc. This year our theme is "Every Barn Tells a Story". We are given instructions for making a basic block that finishes at three inches or twelve inches. We are also given instructions for a barn with the three inch block featured on it. I have decided to do both blocks. Because the blocks are pretty basic, I decided to challenge myself and add hand applique to the twelve inch block. I get the instructions for the block and draw it out on graph paper and design an applique to compliment the block. I have done very little hand applique so it has been a learning experience, but I'm enjoying the process. Here are October's and November's blocks.
I seem to have an inability to follow instructions and so every month I find myself redesigning the barns and adding more details. This can be a bit interesting and time consuming, but it's fun and makes the barn uniquely mine. I figure these blocks out using my Quilt Pro computer program. Here's my October and November barns.
November's barn was a real challenge to put together. I think they are going to be a little more simple from now on...maybe!