Red, White and Blue Sale

It time for our Red, White & Blue sale and we have added some new products too. Introducing the Seeing Stars Barn Quilt and the New York Star Barn Quilt!  We are seeing stars over these two new barn quilts.

From now until July 5th everything that is in the Red, White & Blue section of The Shop has free shipping!  No limit on quantities or sizes.  

This sale include the June Civil War Block of the Month kit for The New York Star Barn Quilt.  This kit includes a 12" x 12" ready to paint barn quilt and a pattern with a step by step guide for how to paint a barn quilt.  It is one of my favorite blocks of the Civil War series.

To get the free shipping just enter code REDWHITEANDBLUE at checkout and your entire Red, White & Blue order is free!!!

So whether you are chilling on the the beach or lazing under the star, we hope this sale helps you to celebrate summer a little more!


Floral Barn Quilt Flag - Fresh Living

 We all are in love with these Floral Barn Quilts!  No matter where I go I get asked how to make them so I am sharing my favorite method today on KUTV's Fresh Living.  They are pretty easy to make, but so worth getting a little mess on your fingers.

We are making a Floral Barn Quilt Flag today using the fabric print from one of my dear friends, Sharri from Doohikey Designs.  You could use any fabric or paper print you want.  What you will be doing is releasing the ink image from the fabric or paper into the paint.  It leaves the image looking as if you had painted it years ago.

The first step is to find your fabric or paper image and head to your local copy shop.  Have them copy your fabric or paper onto a low grade paper in the size you want.  For this project my barn quilt board surface is 11" x 17" so I had them copy the print for me on that size of paper.  I have tried printing it on my home printer, and I do not get the color saturation that I get at my local copy shop.  So it is worth the extra trip to get it done right.

Now that you have your images on paper, you will need to gather some materials.  As I mentioned above, my barn quilt board is 11" x 17" and was sanded and painted with a flat country white paint.  It is good to paint your surface with a flat paint so that the image will soak into the paint even more than if you used a semi-gloss or satin.

The magic potion that releases the image is this messy stuff called Matte Gel by Liquitex.  I found mine at Hobby Lobby.  It costs about $8.00 a jar and is enough to make several of these barn quilts.  You will also want a cheep chip brush, some paper towels, scissors, a marking pen (Frixion) or pencil and a large sheet of disposable paper to cover the table.

Cut your papers to fit your lines and place on the board to get an idea of how it will look.  Trim off any access now because once the medium is on the paper it turns to mush and is difficult to trim.

Lay out your large disposable paper.  Using your chip brush, brush the right side of the papers.  You want a fair amount of the medium on the paper.  I have tried brushing it on the board first and it doesn't work as well as when you brush it onto the paper first.  Once the paper is covered with the medium, lay it face down on the designated spot and smooth it out.  Make sure you get out most of the air bubbles.

Once all the pieces are "glued" on let dry over night.  Once the paper is thoroughly dry, you take a slightly damp rag and begin to rub the paper fibers off of the board.  Rub lightly so as to not remove the image on the paint.  Be patient with this process, it takes awhile to get the fibers off the board.  

After the fibers are gone, wipe the board with a dry paper towel to remove any little pieces.  You can now finish your Floral Barn Quilt Flag any way you wish.  I like my barn quilts to have an aged appearance, so I lightly sand them using 100 grit sandpaper and then wipe over them with the Minwax Weathered Grey stain mixed 50/50 with Linseed Oil.  THis seals the image to the wood and gives minimal aging.

To frame the barn quilt we used 1 x 2 wood cut to fit around the quilt and tacked into place with staples.  

You can watch today's Fresh Living segment and watch this process from beginning to end.  We are also giving away one of these cuties.  To enter to win, follow us on Instagram or on Facebook and like today's post.  We hope you are inspried to make some of your own Floral Barn Quilt Flags.


Stained Ship Lap Saturday

I have been waiting for this past Saturday for months!  It was the Saturday we planned to add a ship lap to our walls.  We debated the style and color choices for weeks until we found this gorgeous pine at our local Home Depot.  It took us six hours and about $225.00 to create this gorgeous wall.

We bought a little more than what we needed.  Stained each board in Weathered Oak to get the grey coloring to come out of the wood, moved the furniture and began to shoot each piece to the white plaster wall.  I am so in love with this room now.  It is my favorite corner in my home.

We have styled the corner in two different ways as a challenge from Kings Ranch, an amazing supplier of boots, saddles, and all things western.  The first was to bring the room together with my favorite leather chair, an antique marble topped bureau, and my husband's reproduction stereo.   I added my great grandfather's books set off with my favorite pair of western wear booties and a few cobs of corn from the 1836 homestead in New York. 

The old windmill light is so fun up on this ship lapped wall.  I love the textures and color in this room.

The second room style had my vintage wool afghan draped over the horse chair, two antique oil lanterns, the heirloom books and cowgirl booties, and of course the wall had to have one of our colorful barn quilts.  For this wall I choose the Black Chinese Fan.  The colors jumped on this ship lapped wall and brought the colors of the afghan and the antique milk can together like each piece was a long lost family member.

We will be posting a step by step tutorial for the Stained Ship Lapped Wall on our You Tube channel soon.  It was so easy to do and makes such an impact in this tiny little space.  I can honestly say this is my favorite corner of my home.  For other ideas on how to incorporate western design into your home check out the Kings Ranch Saddle Shop.  They have so many gorgeous boots, I know I'll be choosing another pair soon.


Twelve Points of Beauty

In the past three years we have painted over two thousand barn quilts!  We have many favorites but I think we have found my forever favorite this time...

A few months ago we released a collection of Amish Hex signs and this pattern was one that we painted round with a white background.  I love my planked barn quilts and decided to pattern the Twelve Point Barn Star onto a square board, huge, with a black background and in my favorite Texas Star colors.

We finished it a few nights ago and I can't stop staring at it!  It is making the trip to St. Louis with me for Quilt Market and will be hanging in my booth along with a few other surprises!!!  I have added this to The Shop to take orders this weekend while we have FREE SHIPPING on the site for Mother's Day.  If you place your order this weekend, it will ship the 1st of June with no shipping charge.  Just use CODE - FREESHIPPING at checkout.

If you love the Texas Star, you will love this beauty even more!  I hope you have a fabulous Mother's Day weekend celebrating the amazing women in your life.  I am thankful for mine.  Talk to you soon!!!


Starburst Barn Quilt

We had such an amazing time at the Utah Quilting and Sewing Marketplace this past week!   There were so many beautiful quilts and creative booths.  We loved meeting new friends and demoing how to paint barn quilts.  We already booked our spot for next year's conference and can't wait to do it all again.  

We created a new barn quilt in honor of UQSM and named it Starburst.  It is such a pretty star.  I am excited to paint in in different colors just to see how it looks.  This beauty is in The Shop and is available in three different sizes.  As always, each barn quilt is hand painted and finished for indoor and outdoor use.

We hope you love this barn quilt as much as we do.  Patterns will be coming soon.