Monday

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!




Thursday

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.





Monday

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.


Saturday

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!!!


Tuesday

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.







Friday

Floral Barn Quilt Sale

We are so excited to be adding these new barn quilts to The Shop and just in time for Mother's Day!  This weekend through Monday when you order one of these Floral Barn Quilts there is no shipping charge.  Just use code - FREESHIPPING when you place your order.  Each of these barn quilts are unique.  They measure 16" square and are framed in solid wood.  


Red Floral Barn Quilt


Black Floral Barn Quilt


Blue Floral Barn Quilt

They will ship in within 48 hours of ordering Priority Mail so you will receive them in time for gift giving.  There are limited quantities of each of these three colors and they will go quickly, so don't wait.  We hope you love these beauties as much as we do.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie - Fresh Living

What grows almost anywhere and is a vegetable, but tastes like a fruit?  If you guessed rhubarb you are right!  Rhubarb is this healthy little plant that gives us gorgeous red stems that taste tart and sweet like a granny smith apple.  You can bake with it, make jam with it, and even cook it in stews, but my favorite way to eat rhubarb is in a Berry & Barb or Strawberry Rhubarb Pie.


My grandmother loved her rhubarb.  It was a family treasure for her and many stories were told of how her great grandparents planted rhubarb on the prairies of Nebraska as their only source of fruit.  Grandma tended those plants like they were something of great value and from her harvest she made the best jams, pies and puddings. Rhubarb grows from the beginning of spring through fall and you can find rhubarb plants in most of our local garden shops ready to go.  If you harvest it as soon as the stems are about a foot high, you can get several harvests in one year.  Trust me, if I can grow it in Woodland Hills you can grow it anywhere!

The easiest way to preserve rhubarb is to freeze it.  It will last up to a year in a freezer and will stay good in your refrigerator for 3 to 4 weeks wrapped in a paper towel.  I chop mine up and freeze them for whenever I am craving a Berry and Barb Pie or Grandma Abbie's Rhubarb Pudding.  If you don't have a garden you can pick up frozen rhubarb at your local grocery store in the freezer section and it will be just as good!


Berry & Barb Pie a.k.a.
Grandma's Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

3 cups chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb
2 cups berries
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 Tablespoons Arrowroot
2 Teaspoons Allspice
Pinch of salt
Dash of lemon

Two uncooked pie crusts
9" Pie plate

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2.  Roll out bottom crust into a 9" pie plate.

3.  Wash and chop rhubarb into small 1/4" pieces. Place into medium size bowl.

4.  Wash berry of choice.  We love our strawberries sliced in half, but you can use blackberries, cherries or any other berry you like.  Add to bowl.

5.  Add dry ingredients and lemon juice and toss together.

6.  Pour mixture into pie plate.

7.  Roll out top pie pastry and decorate in strips or with cookie press shapes.  Pinch edges around and brush with a egg white wash and sprinkle with coarse sugar.

8.  Bake at 350 degrees for 60 to 90 minutes until crust is golden brown.

9.  Let cool and enjoy with fresh cream.

Abby's All Butter Pie Crust

2 1/2 cups unbleached flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 cup of cold unsalted butter, sliced into chunks
1 cup ice water
1/4 cider vinegar

Sift the flour, salt, and sugar together in a food processor.  Add the butter pieces pulsing to break up the chunks into the dry ingredients.  The consistency should be of pea sized crumbles.  Be careful not to over blend.

Combine the water and vinegar together and slowly sprinkle it into the mixture while pulsing your processor until it is incorporated together.  Divide the dough into two balls and shape the dough into round discs. Place between wax paper sheets and place in the fridge for one hour.   Once it has rested a bit in the cold it is ready to roll out and use! 

I hope you enjoy this pie as much as we do.  For me it reminds me of home and tastes like a whole lot of love!  I will be sharing Grandma Abbie's Rhubarb Pudding recipe on Sunday.  It is so easy to make and a treat you'll love.

Wednesday

Floral Barn Quilts

Sometimes you dream of an idea and hope that it works out the way you imagine and when it does you just want to jump with excitement!  Many of you know I have a line of vintage poster signs that I wholesale to Sundance.  I love the technique of taking old images and transferring the ink to paint.  


As much as I love painting barn quilts, I also love the patterns and textures of fabric.  One night while I was trying to sleep, the cross over idea came to me to use the same technique I use for the poster signs for my barn quilts, using our favorite fabrics.  I also am using vintage wall paper because I just love them!

The finished product looks like it a painted floral that has been there for years.  No, these are not decoupaged on and it is quite a tricky process.  No two are ever the same...but I kind of like that.  

We have several different styles and patterns in process and we will be adding them to the shop for a big Pre-Mother's Day Sale next week when we return from teaching in Oklahoma. I am so excited about these beauties and I hope you are too!  


Friday

Pretty Poppy Wall Collection

It's still a little chilly and gloomy outside,  and spring is trying it's hardest to burst through.   The other day I needed some color and decided to paint a few more of the Pretty Poppy Collection and get them on the wall.  


Pretty Poppy Wall Collection

I just love this little set on mini barn quilts all hung together.  It is like a garden burst out of my wall!  Each mini barn quilt is hand painted and sealed for use indoor or out.  I hung mine in my mudroom, but I jeep imagining them together in a little girls room or a laundry room, breakfast nook, sunroom, etc.  Of course they would look equally charming over a potting bench on a porch or shed.



Pretty Poppy Blue Barn Quilt

As always custom colors are available upon request.  Once they are hung together it makes a 38" x 38" wall "quilt".  The Pretty Poppy Wall Collection is available in The Shop today and if ordered before midnight tonight...it's Free Shipping Friday! 

I hope you have a fabulous holiday weekend and that you are feeling the little burst of spring wherever you are!!!


Thursday

Free Shipping Friday

 Twice a year we have Free Shipping Friday... which means that all products in Our Shop have free shipping!!!  It begins at midnight MST on April 13th and runs through midnight MST on April 14th.  




We have added a truck load of new barn quilts, patterns, and accessories to the shop for this sale!  There are many option for colors and sizes...it is ahhmazing.  So don't miss this chance to save on shipping.  Have a wonderful Easter...all our love!

Tuesday

Oklahoma Quiltworks

Next week April 21st and 22nd we will be in Oklahoma teaching our barn quilt class at the fabulous Oklahoma Quiltworks  in Oklahoma City!  There are three class times offered over the two days we are there...so if you are in the Oklahoma area and have wanted to take one of our classes you can sign up here.  


We will be covering the history of barn quilts and barn stars, how to build, paint, finish and use these pieces of American folk art.  There are still a few spots available so contact them, sign up and come by to say hi to us!  



We hope to see y'all next week!  



Friday

Pretty Poppy Barn Quilts

It is April and spring is here and I promised a new mini-barn quilt for the season and I think these little Pretty Poppy Barn Quilts will last well into fall with no water, weeding, or fuss!  



They are a darling 12" x 12" square, hand painted and sealed for indoor or outdoor use.  They also come with a convenient hanger in the back so they are ready to go.



The only trouble with these little cuties is one isn't enough.  They look so cute together on my fence.  They are $30.00 a piece or $95.00 for the collection of four!


I just may add a few other colors to the collection and make a nine square wall quilt with them.  What do you think?  I think it would be darling in a little girls room, a laundry room, hallway and of course on a barn/shed.  We can't forget they are called barn quilts.  



I hope you love these Pretty Poppy Barn Quilts as much as I do.  They are available in The Shop today and ready to ship this week!  Happy spring!!!
 
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