Saturday, October 8, 2011

Rule Release #12

Before we get to the rule, let me just say that everyone in the group voted to use the rules that already exist from active and inactive participants.  This rule comes from the original pool of rules submitted.


Rule:  put words in it somewhere

Technique:  I am calling this technique the "Buggy Barn" technique.  The idea comes from the way Buggy Barn patterned quilts are made.  You may use a real Buggy Barn pattern if you choose, but it would be a learning experience to try to make your own.

Follow the steps below:

1.  Draw a basic pattern of what you want to make.  Don't do anything too detailed and remember that it will SHRINK dramatically after it is sewn together.  Create "sections" that must be sewn together before they can be joined to other sections.  I like to label my sections as letters and the pieces in that section are listed in order by number. The photo below shows that there will be 7 sections (A-G).

Below is a sample of a wonky churn dash I drew.

 2.  Draw or trace your pattern onto freezer paper.

3.  Stack at least two contrasting fabrics with right sides up.  Place the freezer paper pattern on top and press it to the top fabric.  The waxy side will stick to the top fabric and hold it  in place while you cut.  Don't be concerned with leaving the outside edges large.  It will give you room to true up the block when you are finished.

4.  Cut along the lines between the main sections as shown below.

5.  Cut out the remaining sections after the main cuts are complete.  Once your sections are cut you can cut out each individual piece.

6.  Trade the position the two different fabrics to form the block pattern.  Sew the pieces together by section in order of number.  As you sew them back together REMEMBER THAT BUGGY BARNS ARE NOT EXACT.  You WILL HAVE TO trim the edge of each piece before you attach it to the next one.  The Buggy Barn style is always wonky and rarely fits together perfectly.

7.  If you started with two fabrics, you will end up with 2 separate blocks that are positive negative blocks.

Here is another example to look at.  This one will be a wonky house.

When I finished, my house looked like this.  Because the patterns don't always turn out like you think they will, I had to make some simple adjustmens.  My chimney was too tall so I added another piece of background to go across the top of it.  Also, my door was the same color as my background, so I added a piece below it to make the door stand out.  See the difference below.

I LOVE Buggy Barn technique!!  Give it a try.

Below is a link to another tutorial from the block lotto.

block lotto tells and shows us how to make a tree

Size:  We are going to add to but not complete the column we started in rule 11.  Remember that this column will go on either side of the quilt.  Block #12 will need to be 17 1/2" wide ( 17" finished) by 19 1/2" tall (19 finished).  You can join block #12 to the top or bottom of block #11.  We are still short 19 more inches of completing this column, so you won't be able to join it to the quilt yet.

Due Dates: The next rule will release November 8th.  You can begin showing a full release of #12 any time it is completed.  Good luck and have fun.


Ann T. said...

I love buggy barn quilts. This gives me a couple of ideas. Not sure where I will go from here, but I want to try to design my own this time.

Marie said...

Thanks for all the hours of work you do on these posts. Your tutorial is great and very informative. I'm excited to try this technique. It's new to me. Hopefully I'll get caught up soon with the other rules so I can get to this one. I am making progress, but it's very slow.

Junibears said...

Oh I think you are so clever, how you design and make these quilts. Wonderful work.
Thank you so much for popping over to see me.
Hugs June xx