“My favorite quilt is the first one (besides one made in a beginner class) I ever made.
My then three-year-old grandson loved what he called ‘broken barns’. I drove him around the countryside to see them and took photos. Quilting friends suggested a quilt made with photos. It became an engineering challenge to print the photos on fabric and then, using a log cabin format, add blue for the sky and green for the grass, etc, to make them the same approximate size.
I had no pattern. I pieced several blocks to make barns for additional blocks, then used sashing between them to get the rows the same width. I did a lot of measuring, but had no templates. I just made it as I went.
The sky is light blue at the top left – with a sun appliqued on the corner – medium blue in the middle, and dark blue at the bottom – with a crescent moon at the bottom right. Two of the blocks were done by a friend on her embroidery machine – they say ‘Carson’s broken barns’ and ‘with love Gramma Phyllis 2008’.
For the back, I pieced leftover fabric to make a “path” and appliqued a photo of my grandson on his bicycle riding down the path.
My skills and techniques have come a long way since then, but this is my favorite and my grandson, now 12, still loves his broken barns.”
Phyllis from Gaines, MI