Today I have something a little different to share--a book review! Quiltdiva Julie has written a lovely, lovely book about her free-pieced barn quilt See Rock City called Build A Barn, No Pattern Construction. This is a fantastic book that also includes instructions on how to make your own free-pieced barns. It even has it's own blog HERE.
Where to start with this review? Well, the book is just beautiful. Many quilt books are beautiful, but this one has heavy pages, rich color, and really good pictures.
This book is more than a "pattern book." A lot of it is taken up with the very engaging saga of Julie's own barn quilt. It went through a bunch of stages, including being sent off to the longarmer, only to be 'recalled' by Julie because she wasn't pleased with it. I've sometimes had fantasies of doing that, but I've never felt strongly enough to actually do it!
I was really interested and pleased to read the story of all the troubles she had with the quilt and how she got to the finished product. Who among us hasn't had a "problem child" quilt? I usually give up on mine, so I really appreciate knowing how she worked through it and ended up with a much better product than anticipated.
After taking us through the construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction of her own quilt, Julie offers instructions and guidance on how to build your own barn quilt. There are a LOT of great, detailed instructions, supplemented by very helpful drawings and soothing words for those who are afraid to try free piecing. It's like having your very own teacher at your elbow. I really appreciate this, because I am one of those scared people.
All in all, Julie has produced a wonderful book. It was a joy just to read! The story of See Rock City is very entertaining and the book is worth it for that story alone. The instructions on free piecing are a bonus.
So what did I do after being inspired by this book? Well:
|Hey, I'm good at quilting, not drawing!|
This is supposed to be an old farmhouse near our first house in Wisconsin. I may or may not build a barn, but I am sure to build some more houses! The great part is that the barn-building techniques translate fairly easily to other types of free piecing. The section on roof lines was very helpful to me.
For the record, Julie didn't ask me to write this post, and I'm not being compensated in any way, but I am very inspired! If this sounds like something for you, you can buy the book on Amazon HERE.
Enjoy the rest of your week, and I hope you're inspired to build your own barns--or houses, or skyscrapers, or chicken coops!
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