Monday, August 15, 2011

Ohio Star Variation...2 x 2 Barn Quilt

I love this barn quilt! I am not a "red" person, but I love this barn quilt!

This will not appear in my etsy shop because, although I "fixed" the Frog Tape edges discussed in this post, and it looks great from just a foot or two away, on close inspection, it just doesn't cut the muster (pass muster? cut the mustard?).

I have two more barn quilts prepped and ready to make. Maybe I will make this one again.

Thanks for taking a look!

Northumberland Star! 2 x 2 Barn Quilt

Here is my newest barn quilt! I've always admired the bold look of the Northumberland Star pattern, and I was not disappointed with how it turned out as a barn quilt block!

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Frog Tape...disappointed!

This did not come out as expected! I expected the uniform surface to seal itself better, but it was much worse than any I've ever done. I no longer recommend Frog Tape for this application.
I have had much better results with blue tape that I have sealed with paint. This will require alot of touch up! I will be able to make it right, but with much more time and effort.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Frog Tape

Have you heard of Frog Tape?
Well, it is green.
And it is supposed to make an immediate seal when in contact with latex paint.

In the past, I have simply sealed the tape edges with white paint, which worked well, but required some minor touch-up, and was a bit tedious to apply (a bigger brush may have helped).

After only one job, the Frog Tape has certainly proven to be less work in application, but a bit of touch-up will still be done. I think where there was a "seam" standing up, the tape did not seal as well as where it was smooth, which is to be expected, in my opinion.

Frog Tape is about twice the price of the blue tape, and I think it is worth the price, even if you touch-up a bit. If you are making a barn quilt for yourself, it is worth it in saving the step of sealing the edges of your tape, and the bigger the project, the bigger the time and effort savings with the Frog Tape.

Do you have experience with Frog Tape you would like to share? If so, please leave a comment! Thanks!

***WARNING...see more results here

Saturday, July 30, 2011

So many choices....

...but which ones to make?

The good news is I have a couple new barn quilts in the works!
It has been awhile, but life is "in order" for now, so come back soon and see which ones I made :)

And I want to thank those of you who have taken the time to take the poll! It is fun to see and share a common interest :)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011

A Poll for Prairie Patchworks!

I've never done a poll on Prairie Patchworks before! Just a little spur-of-the-moment fun! If you have a minute, would you take a look at it? It is on the top of the sidebar! Thank you for your participation! It is greatly appreciated :)

Oh! And if there are other answers you can think of, I would love to add them...just let me know what they are! :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I Spy...

A new Prairie Patchworks barn quilt in the shadow of the Judith and Moccasin Mountains, in lovely Hilger, Montana!
Thank you, Cal!

Sunday, June 26, 2011


***WARNING: The following post has absolutely NOTHING to do with barn quilts! :)

Would anyone believe that they could possibly survive without their telephone and computer for 33 days? Well, due to high water in the Mussellshell River, I have experienced just that! Our phone line was ripped from the bank and could not even be reached for repair until just a few days ago! So from the 21st of May until the 23rd of June, it was a 50 mile, one way trip just to make a phone call, and if the library was open, we could possibly use a computer!

It has been a crazy couple of months! Water flowing through the yard 5 times, 9 power outages from 3 to 17 hours in duration, of course, no phone, and muddy, impassable road conditions! Whew! Glad, very glad, to be on the dry side of June!

But there are other activities to engage in when the power or phone or computer is out, aren't there?
While I missed all the colorful, inspiring blog updates on my favorite quilt sites, I was able to finish my longest running unfinished project!

For my second wedding anniversry, way back in 1987, my wonderful mother-in-law bought me the fabric for a queen sized Broken Star quilt! I had participated in 2 beginners quilt classes, both with her, and with that foundation, I began to draw and cut out 800+ individual diamonds and to piece them together, piece by piece, row by row by hand! Remember, this was the '80s and I had no knowledge of strip piecing...unfortunately! Many other projects started and finished in the meantime. I am so pleased to relate that while waiting for water to recede, I was able to finish a winter's worth of quilting. All that is left is the binding, which is cut, pressed and waiting for (gulp) a rainy day?! We have alot of spring /summer catching up to do before I can allow myself the luxury of the finishing touch...but to have the quilting completed is a huge reward for me! I finished the last stitch of it , appropriately enough, on our 26th anniversary, June 15th, 2011 :)

***these photos were taken before I had finished quilting the sawtooth border and trimmed the edges...but rest assured I have done those things :)

Friday, April 15, 2011

Divided Star

I made this 2 x 2 for the Lost Fork Arts and Craft Show, but damaged it in transit, so I put it up on my own house instead!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Flying Swallows

This is not a barn quilt, but someone on the barn quilting forum reminded me of this, so I am just posting it for some color and fun remembering:) I made this flying swallows medallion quilt for my first baby, who is now 14 years old:) It has been and still is well loved:)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Hunting season has come and gone. The road conditions are unpredictable, at best. My "workspace" is also the gym and general headquarters for "the boys", which includes their dogs, when it is below freezing...which it has been since November. No complaints here, but simply stated as a way of apologizing for the lack of new Prairie Patchworks barn quilts to see and spout about:) Who knows what 2011 will bring, but I do hope to make some more barn quilts when the weather is not quite so constraining. Thank you for visiting my blog, and for your interest in Prairie Patchworks Barn Quilts, in general! Please leave a comment, if you like!