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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Barn Block

I made a new barn block today!  Here is the tutorial, this is my first 6 1/2"  block for the side of the barn.
I have never done a log cabin block before, so I'm hoping that will be one of the blocks!
I'm not very sure about the background fabric for that block, I used my French chickens from last week to tie it in.  Do you think it is too busy?  I put two chickens on each side of my barn owl!  I also used my red and black material from last week as another way to tie it together.

My favorite part of this barn is my window, I put a sleeping barn owl in the window, with shutters that match my door!

Of course Pippi had to be right by me and took a nap on the pinwheel quilt, which by the way is 3/4 done quilted!  I had to make my block today or I would have finished.  (I say with a sheepish grin)

I really liked using my little rotary cutter to cut all of the small pieces.  I felt like it gave me better control.  There are a lot of 1 1/2 inch and 2 1/2 inch pieces.
I also liked using my 4 1/2 inch square to cut the small pieces, it was a lot easier to handle than the big ruler.
See the blue tape?  I used that to mark my 2 1/2 inch mark so that I did not accidently cut the wrong size, which is easy when you are cutting a lot of squares and your eyes go cross eyed after a while!
I also cute extra pieces for more barns later, the only thing that will change is the quilt on the side of the barn and the fabric choices.
And, yes, I do talk the way I type with a lot of exclamation points and sometimes very fast, with a cross between a Texas drawl and a Southern (AR) accent!

I just learned something irritating!  Google Reader is going away!  I just got this notice:

How can I download my Reader data?

"Google Reader will be retired on July 1, 2013. If you'd like to download a copy of all your Reader data before then, you can do so through Google Takeout. You'll receive your subscription data in an XML file, and the following information will be downloaded as JSON files:
  • List of people that you follow
  • List of people that follow you
  • Items you have starred
  • Items you have liked
  • Items you have shared
  • Items shared by people you follow
  • Notes you have created
  • Items with comments
Click here to start downloading your Reader data from Takeout. Once downloaded, your subscription data should be easily transferrable to another product, where you can continue to keep up with your online reading."

What is everybody going to use to keep up with their blogs?  I'm open to suggestions!
Is anyone else making barn blocks?  I'm making mine on my hand crank of course!
Isaiah  40:31  "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."


Kathy Felsted Usher said...

I love the owls in the windows! I think the chickens look ok, sort of like they are walking around behind the owl inside the barn.

What is Google Reader?

Anita said...

Very cute barns! I have wondered to join this one, too, but I have to finish the Row Along first.

mail4rosey said...

I like the look, for some reason it reminds me of my childhood, which of course makes me happy. :)

I'm visiting today from Thursday's Favorite Things. :)

Caryl @ cinnamon holiday workshop said...

These are really cute barn blocks!

Anonymous said...

Both your barn blocks are so cute. That is a busy background, but from farther away, it doesn't seem to be a problem. I don't use Google Reader anyway. I either subscribe by e-mail to my favorite blogs, or for the few that don't have that widget, I bookmark them in a folder on my toolbar. The folder says blogs. =) Most people are getting savvy with the e-mail option, though.

Christine said...

Those barn blocks are so adorable. I can't wait to see what you do with them!

Kat said...

Those blocks are adorable! I grew up in the country so those remind me of home :-). I also have that owl fabric, I used it to make my daughter a quilt recently. What a cute touch for the windows!!

Katherines Corner said...

the barn and owl block us terrific. Thank you for sharing your lovely blog at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

tubakk said...

I love your barn block with the cute owls. I've just started my barn blocks, couldn't resist the temptation.

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Oh your owls are the cutest! How clever of you...

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

What cute barn blocks Missy! I'm making them too! Thanks for sharing.
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