Spring Barn Quilts Free Quilt Pattern

Spring Barn Quilts Free Quilt Pattern

Spring Barn Quilts Boxed Quilt Kit includes pattern and fabrics

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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  👩🏻‍🎨🐮

FREE PATTERN: The Quilt Trail

FREE PATTERN: The Quilt Trail

FREE Quilt Pattern: The Quilt Trail

Looking for a free barn quilt themed quilt pattern? This free pattern combines the placemat panel, quilt block prints and pieced star blocks using my Barn Quilts fabric collection from Riley Blake Designs.

The finished Quilt size is 61 1/2″ x 71″ – and the pattern is FREE from Riley Blake Designs!

This Quilt Pattern will also be available as a boxed kit with everything you need to make the topper and the binding! Ask for it at your favorite quilt shop and online fabric retailers.

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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Barn Quilts fabric – Sneak Peek

Barn Quilts fabric – Sneak Peek

Barn Quilts Fabric coming in August 2021

Baldwins Book Barn in West Chester, PA


I didn’t grow up on a farm or even in the country but I have an early affinity for barns. My dad was a college professor and an avid reader. I have many memories of trips to Baldwin’s Book Barn – a used bookstore housed in the most amazing dairy barn near our home in West Chester, PA.

Built in 1822 this 5 story barn had so many nooks and crannies, odd staircases and interesting doors to explore! My love of barns began with books – an unusual combination I know, but one that has me fascinated with the sizes, shapes and stories of barns to this day.

Pillows from Barn Quilts Fabric by Tara Reed
Barn Quilts Fabric by Tara Reed
Barn Quilts Fabric by Tara Reed

“Barn Quilts” will include 14 prints and 2 panels: one with 6 barns for placemats or pillows and one large barn quilt panel. 

There will be a free quilt pattern from Riley Blake Designs, “The Quilt Trail”, that will also be available as a boxed kit.

Watch the video to see a preview of the prints and some samples of projects I’ll be sharing when the fabric comes out.

I hope you enjoyed this preview of the Barn Quilts fabrics coming to stores in August 2021! I’m excited to see what you create!

 Tara Reed

How to make Selvage Fabric – free tutorial

How to make Selvage Fabric – free tutorial

Gone are the days of boring selvage on fabric.

Fabric companies are now getting creative on the edges as well, which can make them a lot of fun to sew with!

What is “selvage” exactly?

A selvage (US English) or selvedge (British English) is a “self-finished” edge of fabric, keeping it from unraveling and fraying. The term “self-finished” means that the edge does not require additional finishing work, such as hem or bias tape, to prevent fraying.

The terms selvage and selvedge come from “self-edge”, and have been in use since the 16th century. (source: wikipedia)

The selvage is also where the factory can double check the colors used in the printing process – that is where there are dots or other more fun shapes on the selvage as well. Copyrights (who created and owns the pattern), the fabric manufacturer name and/or website are also often included.

After creating a pretty robust Pinterest board dedicated to the topic of “Sewing with Selvage”  I decided I wanted to give it a shot with the selvage from my Homestead Life fabric. I just LOVE the colorful cows!

Since I’m pretty zipper bag obsessed these days (they are quick and easy to make in between bigger quilts and other creative projects) I decided to make a bag with “selvage fabric” as I call it for lack of a better term.

You can put your selvage in any direction: horizontal, vertical, diagonal – even create quilt patterns like a log cabin or star!

For this tutorial I’ll show you how to make a diagonal selvage fabric piece. The technique is easy so you can adjust to whatever layout you prefer.


It’s so easy! Ready to give it a try?

Step 1: Prepare your Fusible Fleece and Selvage

Selvage: As I work on other projects I cut off the pretty side of the selvage with about an inch of the fabric pattern too. (Both sides of the fabric are “selvage” but usually one is the print of the fabric and the other has the color-check spots, copyright info, etc). I gather them in a bin and wait until inspiration strikes!

When you are ready to create with your selvages, iron them so them are crisp and smooth.

Fusible Fleece: I like to use Fusible Fleece when creating something that needs a little body and support – like a zipper bag. (Pellon 987F is my current favorite – there’s a link at the bottom of the post with all the supplies). It’s a little stiffer than batting and you have the added security of ironing and fusing the fleece to the selvages after you have sewn them together.

Because of the stability of fusible fleece I cut my fleece to the size I need for my project.

Fabric square or triangle for the corners – you won’t need this if you are doing a horizontal or vertical layout. Using a scrap of fabric that matches the selvages, have a triangle or a 3″ square for the first and last corners.

Step 2: Make a basic plan

For your selvage fabric to look it’s best you do want to take a few minutes and plan the order and placement of your selvage pieces.

If you have small pieces, plan on using them on the top or bottom and not in the middle.

Consider color balance when putting your selvages together.

Step 3: Start sewing!

IMPORTANT: have the fusible side of your fleece UP when sewing. You want the back of the selvage pieces on the fusible material so when you iron it you are fusing the fabric to the fleece and not the fleece to the ironing board. (I’m not the only one who has done that, right??)

Start in the bottom left corner. Place your triangle or square in the corner and stitch diagonally to hold it in pace.

Selvage edges don’t fray so it’s quick and easy! When you place a selvage strip down just make sure it covers the cut edge of the previous piece so there won’t be any fraying. Stitch in place.

I like to do a quick check to make sure my stitching was over all of the previous fabric I simply fold the piece I just sewed down back to make sure I can see all of the previous pieces cut edge. If I don’t, I either rip out the stitching I just did or add another row to make sure everything is securely stitched in place.

Continue adding selvage pieces across your entire piece of fusible fleece.

When you get to the top right corner you have two options – you can stop 2 to 2 1/2″ from the corner and use another square or triangle of fabric or you can just adhere selvage pieces to the corner. There is no right or wrong – just your personal preference.

If you opt for a fabric square or triangle, this is sewn on a little differently since all of its edges will fray.

Place the right side down on top of the right sides of the selvages already sewn on the fusible fleece. If you are using a triangle, line the edge up with the edge of the last selvage. If you are using a square, line up the diagonal line with the edge of the selvage.

Before sewing in place, fold it back and make sure it covers the rest of the fusible fleece. If it does, stitch in place with a 1/4″ seam, fold it open and finger press.

Step 4: Iron

Following the fusible fleece manufacturers instructions, iron the whole project. While it is already assembled from your stitching, this extra step helps give it more stability for your project.

Step 5: Trim

Put your new Selvage Fabric on your cutting mat face down so the fleece side is up.
Trim the fabric and selvages that go behind the fleece.

YOU ARE DONE! Now you have cool, custom fabric for your project!

Be sure to check and follow my Pinterest board for lots of other ways to use selvage in your quilting, sewing and crafting. 

Have a happy & creative day!

– Tara Reed

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