Monday, February 9, 2015

KT Barn Raising Mini

KT Winner

Thanks to Charlotte from California for sharing her comment this week. You're the winner of our Seedlings pattern & KT Melon Template. Please email your shipping address to Jamie at lynne@ktquilts.com. She'll send it right out!
 
Even though I live in So. CA, I still decorate with snowmen and a few Valentine decorations. And then it is time for Easter/spring decorations. Sorry but nothing original.  Charlotte

Thanks to everyone for their decorating advice. I'm in awe of those of you who redecorate monthly for all the holidays. I'm lucky to add a few seasonal touches quarterly! Most of my "look" changes with a switch of quilts or adding a few gathered items from the yard to a crock or jar. One of my decluttering strategies is to find natural elements, use them for a couple months indoors, then return them to the yard. The ultimate in recycling!

KT Barn Raising & Mini by Cheri Branca

Thanks so much to Cheri for sending me a picture of her mini version of my KT Barn Raising quilt. Instead of using a Layer Cake and Charm pack for 9" blocks, Cheri used a couple charm and mini charm packs to make smaller 4" blocks into this wonderful little lap quilt (42" x 58").  Doesn't it look perfectly at home on her earth tone sofa?? Please share your photos of variations on KT projects whether it's miniaturized, like Cheri's, or in batiks or black/white. I'd love to show them here.
 


 The original KT Barn Raising quilt features a KT Favorites Layer Cake and Charm pack (72" square lap quilt). Centering the charm squares to make these simple blocks is a breeze with our KT five & Dime ruler. Layer a dark charm on tan LC and tan charm on dark LC; stitch 1/8" from pinked edges.  Place right sides together to create a layered bias square.


 This basic block is graphic and visually appealing in the Barn Raising setting, but also works in any setting where a light/dark block shines. Like this furrows version, or a classic pinwheel.


By using LC/charm blocks in the center and charm/mini blocks in the border, you can make a great queen/king sized quilt for your bed in very little time. KT Barn Raising includes all options shown.

Cheri also shared one of her small group's (M&M Quilters, Victor, NY) fun exchanges based on the Fold it - Snip it - Rip it - Drop it - Pass it guidelines (click for more information). Basically, your group decides on a colorway, then each member buys 1 yard of fabric. Cut your yard in half, keep half and pass it on. Each quilter takes half of whatever she's passed until it's made it's way around the circle. You'll have your own 1/2 yard piece plus 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, etc. Your challenge is make something from the pieces you end up with. Here's the swap piles for Cheri's group using KT fabrics. Can't wait to see what they can imagine!


Are you in a quilting small group? Do you have group projects, swaps or other interesting challenges for yourselves to challenge your quilting skills? I'd love to hear about them. Comment to sign up for this week's giveaway - a KT Barn Raising pattern and KT Five & Dime ruler to make your own version.

47 comments:

  1. I'm in a local quilt guild, but unfortunately our group doesn't do any challenges ... I wish they did. Perhaps I need to suggest that, eh? ;-)

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  2. I am in small group of ladies who quilt. We don't do any special projects together. We are good friends who enjoy quilting and each other's company. I love your barn raising pattern. I think it is one of the prettiest I have ever seen.

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  3. I'm a beginner and not in a quilt group yet but hope to find one through my local quilt shop.

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  4. 20 years ago I was part of a group that did nothing but small/miniature quilts. We still meet each month, but have developed other interests now - like photography, altered art, & rug hooking.

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  5. I am a newbie and don't belong to a quilt group yet but would love to someday.

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  6. I don't belong to a group but do challenge myself with things like, only three colors, mixing two opposite styles of fabric and using nothing but scraps without looking at them before I pick two to sew together. Just small things to change things up and put a different twist on it.

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  7. I don't have any friends that quilt. The local guild meets at times not convenient for me. I like to follow some of the quilt alongs on blogs I follow to help develop/hone my skills.

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  8. I am in our local guild and we do block of the quarter exchanges where the blocks are pooled for one winner. Thank you for all the inspiration!

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  9. Oh I love Cheri's Barn Raising!!

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  10. I am not in any groups or guilds. sarah@forrussia.org

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  11. I am not in a quilting small group. I wish I was, but I don't know of any in out town.
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  12. I have only quilted alone, but would love to be part of a group in the future. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  13. Just finished my last sewing "group" activity while stateside. Being a military family, it's very hard for me to attend. The group I just went to does paper piecing, though I usually do my own thing (which is totally fine with the group) because I attend so sporadically. I enjoy the fellowship and time away to just sew!

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  14. What a wonderfully versatile pattern! I live too far away from area quilt guilds, so I don't belong to one, but I enjoy visiting blogs and seeing what other quilters are doing. Thanks for sharing this lovely quilt, and thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. I have a group of 6 ladies including myself that I quilt with once a month. We just finished a project that we each bought our own material and passed it around to each member to make a sampler block out of. Once all your squares are done it is yours. I put sashing on mine to separate the blocks and i also embroidered our group name on it and in hangs on the wall of my quilting room... I just love it. ..Cheri your quilt is gorgeous I just ordered this kit and check the mail faithfully everyday. :)

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  16. Everyone's skills are so different that we have splintered off in the Quild to small groups and have little challenges among us. I love this quilt. Takes me back to the farm days of my youth in Kansas.

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  17. When I lived in Portland, OR I belonged to a monthly club. We didn't do any exchanges, but each month we would buy a kit to make a block (all kits were the same). Then we would bring them back the next month and if you returned one you got your name in the drawing to win a set of blocks. Now that I live in Kansas for the last 3 years I really haven't found a fun group. I'm so in love with this pattern and would love to make it. Thanks.

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  18. Quilting with friends and exchanging blocks to make more scrappy quilts is what got me hooked on quilting. Hurray for group projects!

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  19. Wow! I love that quilt pattern---thanks for sharing it with us! I live in a pretty rural area and don't know ANYONE close by who quilts! I'd love to be in a group that met monthly or possibly even weekly!

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  20. What a beautiful quilt. Thank you for the tutorial.

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  21. I love the quilt and great tutorial. I am from a small town and do know any other quilters. So I have been teaching myself for 2 years and constantly learning something new!!!! I would love to win the giveaway thank you so much for the chance!!!! sonjasmith76@yahoo.com

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  22. I have friends that sew, but not quilt so I have to challenge myself to learn new quilting skills. Cheri's mini quilt is beautiful!

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  23. I am in a small group of friends. We like to get together and quilt, do hand work, share tips, and just gab and have a good time.

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  24. I mainly quilt alone but try to get with a group of friends as much as time allows us! I also take classes at 2 of my favorite quilt stores. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  26. None of my friends are quilters so I quilt by myself. I keep saying when I quit working I will join a group.

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  27. I'd love to make this quilt. While I'm not part of a small quilt group, I am part of a guild and our guild is pretty small so I guess it could be considered a "small group" :)

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  28. All my "quilty" friends are virtual- well, they're not virtual, but I've never actually met them- just online. So no, no small groups for me.
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    allisonpogany@gmail.com

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  29. I've just started doing a little quilting by myself this year, but have found my favorite colorway in KT fabrics. I love the subdued tones, and how history is inspiration for the present fabrics. Since I have an affinity for old barns and all that transpired in them, this is a very attractive pattern to me!

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  30. Love the mini. I belong to our local quilt guildbut haven't been able to attend meetings for awhile due to scheduling conflicts. Just attended a retreat though and had a blast sewing all night with over 100 quilters. My DIL and I lasted til 2 but there are some diehards who didn't go to bed. Such fun. Thanks.

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  31. I have always quilted by myself but I'd really like to try a bee or a guild. This looks like a great pattern. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  32. I'm part of a small group that meets at a different member's home every month. We share a meal and show-and-tell. We've done challenges and joint quilts in the past, but this year are focusing on making military quilts.

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  33. I quilt now with my best friend and she and I love barns - what a great pattern this would be for us ! Love it! thanks!

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  34. I belong to a small quilt guild and we have group projects. We always have fun!!

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  35. I have a group of friends who help me plan my projects and spend my money!

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  36. I haven't found a local group but I've heard of doing quilting buddy swaps online with other bloggers. The community is global :)

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  37. I belong to our local guild but haven't sewn with a group in a long time. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  38. I am in a large quilt guild and in a small weekly quilting group. Our weekly group this year has a UFO Club. When we finish a UFO project we get a ticket for finishing and an extra ticket because it is a UFO project. Current projects will receive one ticket for the drawing, plus difficulty of work. We all donate $10 or so to be in the "pot" for the drawing of prizes at the end of the year. We make individual gifts for our Christmas holiday party for each other, plus draw one name for a specially made gift for the recipient. We have some very talented quilters and if anyone has a problem with a project, someone in the group is able to help them solve the problem. Throughout the year we take a day or two and visit other quilt shops. We love our group! Lana

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  39. My M&M quilters make quilts for children's charities. Individually or as a group effort. It is great way to use up our stash (well, that will never happen) and a wonderful way of spreading love. My small group comes from lots of different towns so we meet in a firehall that is centrally located for us, once a month. Most of the time we stay in contact and share ideas via email and Facebook, getting inspiration from each other. You'd be surprised how many people you could bring together just on the internet. Maybe find a quilt shop in your state, county, whatever and ask.

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  40. Apart from my guild, I am in a small group of five quilters. I am the youngest by about 25 years, so at first I I felt it wasn't a good fit. After 6 months those ladies have grown on me, and I now count them as friends. Tarnia.hodges atgmail dot com

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  41. I don't quilt myself but I love to look at others' creations and talents. Beautiful, thanks so much for sharing.

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  42. I don't quilt myself but I love to look at others' creations and talents. Beautiful, thanks so much for sharing.

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  43. Through my local quilt guild, I have become a part of a group of ladies that get together once a month at each others homes. I have only been quilting for 5 years but because of these fabulously talented ladies, I have learned so very much. We all participate in charity quilts. Some of these quilts are for local needs but others are sent far away. The last batch went to Africa! Some of us piece, others machine quilt and others hand sew the binding. If you have never done a charity quilt, I would highly recommend it as the blessing is beyond measure. My cup overflows!

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  44. While my guild is my "focus" group there are groups within that group that I am involved in. One is a random gathering on occasion at someone's house, just to stitch (so good for the soul, especially in the winter months). Another group is the "Tinners". Tins (like large cookie tins you get at Christmas) each are given a FQ of "theme" fabric. A name list of participants is attached to the top and they circulate on a monthly basis around the group, crossing off your name as you've gotten each tin. Each participant takes a portion of the FQ in the tin and, adding from her/his own stash, makes a block enhancing the "theme" of that tin/block. At the end of the year a drawing is held and each person gets to pick a tin they want. You'll wind up with 12 blocks of varying sizes and you can assemble a quilt. I have seen some incredible blocks and quilts made from this exchange. Happy to share more details if anyone is interested in trying within their guild or group ;-) Linda

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  45. I'm not in a guild at all yet. I haven't heard of any in our town. the only kind of group work I do is when my aunt comes into town and shows me her techniques.

    roseharries_06@hotmail.com

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  47. I am in a quilt class in our church, CHRISTAIN HERITAGE in our town. We do charity work and do a lot for Missions and surrounding hospitals. We love sharing our works for all. Thank you so much for the opportunity to get more fabric to use for these causes !!

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