How to make Pillows from the Barn Quilts Placemat Panel

How to make Pillows from the Barn Quilts Placemat Panel

Barn Quilts Fabric by Tara Reed for Riley Blake Designs

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How to make Accent Pillows from the Barn Quilts Placemat Panel

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The Barn Quilts Placemat Panel is not just for placemats! They are quick and easy to cut apart and turn into rectangular accent pillows – perfect for farmhouse decor.

Each panel has 6 barn scenes that each measure 18″ x 11″. (fig. 1)

CUT apart with 1/4″ – 1/2″ border all the way around, depending on your preferred seam allowance.

CUT a backing fabric the same size as the placemat fabric. (I literally lay the placemat piece on top of backing fabric and use it as a pattern.) (fig. 2)

Right sides together, CLIP & SEW around all 4 sides, leaving a 3-4″ opening on the bottom to turn and stuff. (fig 3)

TURN right side out and use a tool to gently turn the corners. (fig 4) (I like the Flamingo Stiletto Turning Tool by Bev McCullough from Riley Blake Designs) https://amzn.to/37LK4uV

STUFF with polyester fiber to the firmness of your liking. (fig. 5) (I used Fairfield PF16B Poly-Fil Premium Polyester Fiber)

HAND-STITCH closed.

How to make Accent Pillows from the Barn Quilts Placemat Panel

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How to make Accent Pillows from the Barn Quilts Placemat Panel

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Barn Quilts Fabric by Tara Reed for Riley Blake Designs

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How to make Accent Pillows from the Barn Quilts Placemat Panel

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HOW I MADE AN 18″ PILLOW TO MATCH THE BARN QUILT BLOCK FROM THE ART

I decided to take my pillow making a step further and made a large quilt block pillow with the block in the painting on the barn – in this case, the Martha Washington Star Quilt Block. (fig. 6)

How to make Accent Pillows from the Barn Quilts Placemat Panel

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Martha Washington Block as pillow piecing diagram

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Make a 12″ Martha Washington Quilt Block. (Click here for Quilt Block sewing instructions)

Cut (4) 3 3/4″ wide strips WOF (width of fabric), out of the border fabric of your choice (I used brown).

You will need:

  • (1) 12 1/2″ long
  • (2) 16″ long and
  • (1) 20″ long

SEW them to the block as shown in the diagram, trimming to square after each strip is added. (The strips are a little long so you can trim them to be perfect and they don’t end up too short – this gives you your most professional results and is worth a wasted 1/4″ or so!) (fig. 7)

TRIM to square to 19″. (I use a 1/2″ seam for pillows to make them a little more sturdy when taking them on and off!)

Turn the block into a pillow in the same way you turned the placemat into a pillow above.


If you make pillows or anything else from my fabrics I’d love to see!

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– Tara Reed

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Red Barn Painting Time Lapse Video

Red Barn Painting Time Lapse Video

Have you ever wondered about how paintings come to be?

In the Red Barn time-lapse painting video below you can get a sneak peek into the process.

I show you some of the stages I go through when doing highly realistic painting. It is a layer after layer leap of faith because 9 times out of 10 I don’t think it’s going to work out when I’m about 1/3 of the way through! The trick is to just keep going and see what happens.

This is one of my barn paintings that is part of the Barn Quilts fabric collection from Riley Blake Designs.

It is also available for licensing through my agent at Roaring Brook Art

Hope you enjoy it!

– Tara Reed

P.S. You can find more time-lapse painting videos on my YouTube channel

FREE TUTORIAL: Martha Washington Star Quilt Block

FREE TUTORIAL: Martha Washington Star Quilt Block

Martha Washington Star Quilt Block Tutorial

Want to learn to sew a star quilt block? The Martha Washington Star Quilt Block isn’t the simplest of blocks but I’ve broken it down so you will be done before you know it.

This tutorial creates a 12″ finished block.

All seams are sewn at scant 1/4″

The Martha Washington Star consists of:

  • A center square – made up of double layered HSTs
  • 4 Flying Geese (the rectangles on each side that create the star effect) and
  • 4 corner squares

This block is created with a center square made from what I call a “double HST” (not sure if there is a technical term for it or not). Basically we create four HSTs with blue and cream and then use those with brown squares to create the four HSTs that form the center of the block.

Chose 3 fabrics for your quilt block and cut as follows:

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Fabric 1: (blue in photos)

  • (1) 4 1/2″ square
  • (4) 4″ squares

Fabric 2: (brown in photos)

  • (2) 4″ squares

Fabric 3: (cream in photos)

  • (1) 4 1/2″ square
  • (1) 7 1/2″ square
  • (4) 3 1/2″ squares
Martha Washington Star Quilt Block Tutorial

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CREATE THE BLUE AND CREAM HSTs

FABRIC PIECES USED:
Fabric 1 (blue) : (2) 4 1/2″ square
Fabric 3 (cream) : (2) 4 1/2″ square

PLACE one blue square on top of one cream square – right sides together.

DRAW A LINE diagonally on one square. (fig. 2)

STITCH a scant 1/4″ to each side of the line. (fig. 3)

CUT on the diagonal line you originally drew to create two HSTs. (fig. 4)

PRESS towards the darker fabric.

SQUARE the HSTs to 4″ squares.

REPEAT with the other set of Blue & Cream squares to create four HSTs. (fig. 5)

Martha Washington Star Quilt Block Tutorial

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Martha Washington Star Quilt Block Tutorial

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Martha Washington Star Quilt Block Tutorial

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Martha Washington Star Quilt Block Tutorial

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CREATE THE BROWN, BLUE AND CREAM HSTs

FABRIC PIECES USED:
(2) blue & cream HSTs you just made
Fabric 2 (brown) : (2) 4″ square

Now you will repeat the above process but use the blue / cream HSTs as one square and the 4″ brown squares as the second.

DRAW A LINE diagonally on the wrong side of both brown squares.

PLACE the blue and cream HSTs you just made right sides up. Place the brown squares on top of the HSTs with the diagonal line you drew on them going to the opposite corners of the diagonal seams on the HSTs. (fig. 6)

STITCH a scant 1/4″ to each side of the line.

CUT on the diagonal line you originally drew to create two HSTs.

PRESS towards the darker fabric.

SQUARE the HSTs to 3 1/2″ squares. (fig. 7)

Martha Washington Star Quilt Block Tutorial

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Martha Washington Star Quilt Block Tutorial

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FINISH THE CENTER SQUARE

LAYOUT the four squares as shown in the sample block and sew together. (fig. 8)

TRIM final square to 6 1/2″ (fig. 9)

Martha Washington Star Quilt Block Tutorial

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Martha Washington Star Quilt Block Tutorial

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CREATE THE FOUR FLYING GEESE

FABRIC PIECES USED:
Fabric 1 (blue) : (2) 4 1/2″ square
Fabric 3 (cream) : (1) 7 1/2″ square

Making Flying Geese with the No-Waste (major time saving) Method

You will create your four flying geese for the top, bottom and sides of the Martha Washington Block with the large and small squares shown above. Once sewn together, trimmed and pressed you will have all 4 that you need.

PART 1

DRAW a diagonal line on the wrong side of each of the 4 Flying Geese small squares (4 1/2″ squares from fabric 1) with a washable marker, chalk line or quilting pencil.

PLACE the 7 1/2″ square (Fabric 3) face up on your workspace.

Right sides down, PLACE AND PIN two of the small squares in opposite corners so the lines you drew now form one line that goes from corner to corner of the large square. The small squares will overlap a little in the center. (fig. 10)

SEW a 1/4″ seam from each side of the line. (fig. 11)

CUT along the line you drew (in between the two seams you just stitched) with a rotary cutter. (fig. 12)

PRESS seams open. You now have two partial units. (fig. 13)

Martha Washington Star Quilt Block Tutorial

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Martha Washington Star Quilt Block Tutorial

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Martha Washington Star Quilt Block Tutorial

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Martha Washington Star Quilt Block Tutorial

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PART 2

Right sides together, PLACE the third small Flying Geese square from the Corner of the large triangle and between the two small triangles. (fig. 14)

SEW a 1/4″ seam from each side of the line as you did in Part 1. (fig. 15)

CUT along the line you drew with a rotary cutter. (fig. 16)

PRESS seams open and TRIM each piece to 6 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ making sure you leave 1/4″ beyond the cream center point. (fig. 17)

REPEAT to create four Flying Geese.

Martha Washington Star Quilt Block Tutorial

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Martha Washington Star Quilt Block Tutorial

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Martha Washington Star Quilt Block Tutorial

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Martha Washington Star Quilt Block Tutorial

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ASSEMBLE THE BLOCK

LAYOUT your block on your workspace, a wool mat or quilt block board. (fig. 18)

SEW each row together and PRESS seams.

Sew row 1 to row 2 and then row 2 to row 3.

PRESS seams.

Martha Washington Star Quilt Block Tutorial

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If you make this block I’d love to see it!

Tag me on Instagram: @artisttarareed
Share it on Pinterest: pinterest.com/artisttarareed

– Tara Reed

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Cow Dolls using Barn Quilts Fabric

Cow Dolls using Barn Quilts Fabric

I’m in love with these Cow Dolls!

Cow Doll from Barn Quilts fabric

While my inspiration to create the Barn Quilts collection came from an old barn turned bookstore, I am thrilled to see the fabrics are being embraced by those who live on farms and in farming communities.

Jennifer Long of BeeSewInspired.com, lives in rural, prairie Canada – surrounded by farm and agricultural land. Her family and many of her friends make their living in this industry.

I absolutely LOVE what she did with my Barn Quilts fabric. Jennifer made THE CUTEST Cow dolls (and you can too because she sells the patterns on her website.)

She used the patchwork prints to fussy cut and make actual “patches” for the dolls knees and a working pocket for his wheat!

If you have never made a Modern Rag Doll before, she is happy to teach you how. All you need is a sewing machine and beginner level sewing skills.

You can learn more about how she made these cute cows and decorated their barn on her blog post “Harvest on the Farm”.

Scroll to the bottom to see links to her patterns and Facebook Group. If you love instagram you should follow her – @beesewinspired – her name is perfect because her posts are always so inspiring!

Thank you Jennifer – I just love seeing how creative everyone is with fabric!

– Tara Reed  👩🏻‍🎨🐮

Soldier’s Star Quilt featuring Barn Quilts fabric

Soldier’s Star Quilt featuring Barn Quilts fabric

Soldier’s Star Quilt

Deonn – a talented quilter, teacher and quilt pattern designer – used several of the Sister’s Choice quilt block tonal prints and the Patchwork Brown print to create a king sized Soldier’s Star quilt. I just love how it turned out!

FREE PATTERN: Ships go Sailing Lake themed Quilt

Want to make one of your own?

You can find the digital pattern in Deonn’s Etsy shop.

Here are the details:

Quickly sewn using half-square triangles, this quilt can be made as a table topper, wall hanging/lap-size or bed-size quilt. Perfect decor for your next patriotic celebration.

Symbolic of my son’s service with his military unit in Afghanistan, this quilt design was a winner in AccuQuilt’s 2011 Barn Quilt Design contest.

Mitered Border and Binding Lessons included with pattern of instructions. Digital copy is formatted to print double-sided and fold in half for storage.

SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Table Topper – 22″ x 22″
Lap Quilt – 62″ x 62″
Bed Size Quilt – 92″ x 92″

FREE PATTERN: Ships go Sailing Lake themed Quilt

You can also CLICK HERE to read her blog post about the quilt and some interesting history of Barn Quilts. 

If you make this or anything else with my fabric and post it online – tag me so I can see it!  I love to see what people create.

Tara Reed

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