WIP Wednesday – Barn Door

I was hedging my bets for awhile and thinking about trying to quilt my barn door before the final linky ends, but I decided I’d rather enjoy quilting it instead of racing though it. I want to do some dense straight line quilting, so it’s going to take a little while.

Here’s the top — in my mind, I jokingly call it the creaky barn door because I fear that more points don’t match than do. I think that’s because of me altering the pattern to avoid cutting the geometric fabrics (and a touch of basic impatience) because Sarah over at Sarah Quilts definitely bent over backwards during her quilt along to give helpful tips and pointers to keep everything lined up. If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, put it on a list of places to visit because she hands out helpful tips like they are candy ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks, Sarah!

This quilt is definitely is larger than the quilts I typically make. It’ll pretty much work as a twin bed coverlet when all is said and done. I think I’ll take it on a little ย trip to my parents to throw it on a twin bed because I want to see what this size quilt looks like on a twin bed.

barn door throw rug


As I’ve added more quilts to my completed list, people have started to ask if I can make bed quilts. I’m holding them at bay. Here’s one excuse. The living room floor is probably the second largest space in the entire house, and this quilt fits into it like a large throw rug. Basting a bigger quilt would get tricky. And, to free up the largest amount of floor space, I’d have to clean and rearrange my sewing room. That’s in progress but feels like it’s taking years.

Note to self: wash fabric immediately after buying and PUT IT AWAY!

As I was editing the pictures for the blog, I realized that the two quilts that Sarah made look very barn door-like. You can see that design emerge from mine as well, but I also think mine looks like a super awesome bow tie if it’s flipped the other way.

barn door bow tie


Maybe I just have bow ties on my mind since I get to go to the premiere of Moses at Sight and Sound on Friday night. It’s black tie optional, but that gem of a guy who sent the valentine’s flowers enthusiastically supported getting dressed up for the evening, so I ran into Marshall’s the other night after work and gave myself 40 minutes to find a “grown up” cocktail dress. After trying on 10 dresses, I left thanking Calvin Klein for being a genius. I don’t know how he makes nearly every dress fit me. Really, it’s crazy! I have to exercise a lot of self-control when I’m near Calvin Klein sale racks.

Anyway, back to the bow tie/barn door ๐Ÿ™‚

barn door field of pinsEven though I don’t anticipate having the entire quilt finished by Monday, I have all the pin basting done. Here’s what the view looks like from the floor after crawling around on the quilt for 2 hours to get it basted. I was actually pretty proud of myself. I estimated it would take 2 hours, and normally when I estimate something, it takes about double that time to complete a task. But, excluding ironing the top and backing, it took almost exactly 2 hours minus a short hot chocolate and stretch break to get this basted. Let me tell you, my poor busted up fingernails are in full support of my putting a Kwik Klip on my birthday list. After hearing so many bloggers rave about the tool, I shall resist no longer.

Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and Sarah Quilts. Be sure to go check out the other barn doors, and of course, I’ll check back in to show mine here once it’s fully quilted. I’ll need to do that soon…or buy more safety pins.


7 thoughts on “WIP Wednesday – Barn Door

  1. I really love the blue tones in this quilt. As for your points not matching, I had to seriously go back and stare at your images after I read your comment about calling it a creaky barn door. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I bet you’ll be the only one it ever bothers, because I think it looks great!

  2. Ah! So cool!! I definitely don’t see the imperfections. Thanks so much for participating and for your support! It wouldn’t have been the same without you.

    I have actually had this quilt laying on a full size bed and it looks nice. I usually like my quilts to be slightly smaller than the bed they’re on and lay over top of another blanket. I’ll be interested to see how you think it looks on a twin!

    And DO get a kwik klip. It helps! Christ Quilts has a great mini tutorial on how to use it.

  3. Beautiful! Love the bowtie effect too:) I have been to a few of the sight and sounds shows….amazing!

  4. Love this. The tones make it look great and with it on the floor it looks like a carpet or tiles. I love this effect.

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