Barn Quilt Blocks - Fresh Living

 By now you all know I am obsessed with barn quilts and this new product we are releasing may be the most addicting of them all.  I am so excited to share our new product with you today and to share it with our audience at Fresh Living.  The Barn Quilt Block Set's were designed to allow those of us obsessed with quilts and barn quilts the fun of creating as many barn quilt patterns as we can dream up!  Each set is made up of half-square triangle blocks nestled in a wood tray and can be rearranged or secured.  

 Outback Wife Barn Quilt Block Set

The sets come unfinished and ready to paint or stain in two sizes a 16" small and a 22" large.  The Barn Quilt Block Sets are what I like to call a "no-stress craft" because you can't make a mistake and there are no rules for how to finish them.  My kiddos love painting these sets with me. 

This month we are offering a 20% introductory sale on all of our Barn Quilt Block sets, both the pre-finished and the ready to finish sets.  Just go to Our Shop and go to the Barn Quilt Blocks category where you will find our available sets and get 20% off!  

Tweetle Dee Barn Quilt Block Sets

You can wall mount them with the hanger provided, stand them up on a mantle or shelf or leave them flat on a table to play with.  If you want to hang them just use a removable glue-dot on the back of each square and they hold in place until you want to change it up again.  If you aren't wanting to paint one yourself, we have our pre-finished block sets which come sealed and ready to indoor or outdoor use and custom colors are available upon request.  

Tweetle Dee Barn Quilt Block Set
 in Blue and Yellow

I have painted them in brights, and have distressed them to look antique.  I have stained each section in a different color stain to get the on-trend stained reclaimed was amazing.  However, I think my favorite so far is the fabric ink-transfer (see previous posts for instructions) I used on the Outback Wife Block Set.  I love this fabric line and now the fabric is forever saved into a barn quilt I can change on a whim.  

Tweetle Dee Christmas Barn Quilt Block Set 

Each set comes in a pretty little gift box with tips for finishing and six beginner patterns to get you started.  We are having a 20% off  sale on all of the Barn Quilt Block Sets this week through the end of August.  Hint - They make perfect gifts for quilters, painters, and kids of all ages!

Tweetle Dee Barn Quilt Block Set in
 Antique Black and White

We are also giving away one set.  To enter go to our Instagram page to today's post and follow the instructions.  The giveaway winner will be announced on Monday, August 21st.
I just love these blocks and can't wait to give one away to a lucky follower.  

We love our customers, we love our barn quilts, and we especially love these new Barn Quilt Blocks.  To get the 20% off on our Barn Quilt Block Introductory Sale use promo code BQBSALE at checkout.  We hope you love these as much as we do!

Little Pieces Pumpkin Barn Quilts

In January we had the Little Pieces Hearts and look what popped up in our garden this week just in time for Autumn, it's our new Little Pieces Pumpkins!  Oh my goodness we love these little darlings. They come in a variety of sizes and two background colors (black and white). They are now in the The Shop just before the free shipping week ends at Tweetle Dee.

Little Pieces Pumpkins

Little Pieces Pumpkin Barn Quilt 22" in White

Little Pieces Pumpkin Barn Quilt Mini 12" in Black

We hope you love these little pumpkins as much as we do.  I know I need a whole collection for my front porch to carry me through till Thanksgiving!  Make sure you order before Monday to take advantage of the free shipping week.  Happy Friday!!!


Lyke Family Chocolate Chip Recipe

Last night we had our family over for a picnic and kite flying, which turned into an indoor picnic and Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie marathon as a major lightning and rain storm hit our mountain.  It was a crazy night which ended pretty "sweet" when the kids requested chocolate chip cookies.  

There are numerous chocolate chip cookie recipes out there and for years I thought we had the very best until my cousin Sherm shared his wife's recipe in our Lyke Family Cookbook.  I made it once and will never make another CCC recipe again!  It makes the perfect cookie everytime without fail.  It makes huge, thick cookies that are soft in the center and a little crunchy of the edges and this recipe makes a ton.  I split it in half last night, but on "Cookie Sundays" when we share treats with our neighbors, this is the recipe I use because it makes a ton.

  So, in honor of National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (which we missed by a couple of days), I am sharing the very best cookie recipe ever.   You must try it and just like me, you will never use another recipe again.

Lyke Family Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 cups butter
2 cups white sugar
2 cups packed brown sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
5 cups oats
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. salt
2 tbl. baking powder
2 tbl. baking soda
4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 8 oz. chocolate candy bar, grated
3 cups of chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Cream butter with sugars.  Add eggs and vanilla to mixture and beat well.  Grind oats in blender until powdery.  Stir in flour, oats, salt, baking powder and soda into batter gradually.  Add chocolate chips and grated chocolate into batter.  Add nuts if desired.  

Form batter into golfball-sized balls and place 2 inches apart on parchment or silpat lined baking sheet.  Bake for 12 minuets.   Take out of oven and let rest on hot tray until cooled.  

I'm eating one as I write this post and oh my goodness...they are soooo good!   I think I will take the few left over cookies we have and make ice cream sandwiches with them for tonight.  


Barn Stars and Hexes

It has been a long time coming that we are finally able to release the patterns and supplies for the Tweetle Dee Barn Star & Hex Collection!  I am often asked what the difference is between a barn quilt and a barn star and there is a simple explanation.  Barn Quilts are designed as a tribute to quilts and have been painted on barns and in homes in the past 20 years.  Barn Stars and Hexes have a much longer history.  

Barn Stars also known as "stars in circles" have been in our country since the 18th century and were painted on barns and homes sometimes as the mark of the builder, for decoration and sometimes as a symbol of a "blessing" or hex.  The most common are the five point stars, but you will often see rosettes and hexes with birds (known as distelfinks), hearts and florals.  I adore these designs and love to paint and stitch them.  

It has been a long time coming that we are finally able to release the patterns and supplies for the round barn stars and dutch hexes and we couldn't be more excited to share these with you!  Unlike barn quilts that are designed on a grid and are fairly easy to pattern, these barn stars and hexes are designed on rounds and use "layered star templates".

To celebrate we are offering free shipping on all painted barn stars and hexes as well as the patterns and supplies for the month of August!  To receive free shipping use code BARNSTARSALE at checkout.  

We tested the patterns at a paint night in our local shop and new painters were able to complete the most difficult pattern in a few hours.  It was so rewarding to see these patterns come to life with their own creativity.  The patterns are easier to mark out than a barn quilt and so amazing when painted.  I am working on a tutorial for release this week.

Be watching this month as three new hexes and two more barn stars are released.  We love these patterns and hope you do too!


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.


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!