Quilt Finish: Bricks in the Barnyard

Yahoo!!  Check this out.  I have another quilt finish.

That pile of my finished quilt tops that weren’t getting quilted is getting smaller and smaller.  A blog reader suggested that I do one every three weeks to get them done and then I’d have them done by the end of the year.  That’s a great idea but totally not me.  I HAVE to strike while the iron is hot.  When I’m in the mood, I have to keep going with whatever it is for a long as it lasts.

Right now I am in the mood to finish getting these quilt tops finished and that is EXACTLY what I’m going to do.  FINISH THEM ASAP.

While my sewing room is not completely set up, it’s a great time do work on these as the quilt machine is set up and easy to use even though everything is still in a bit of a disarray.

It has felt so good to tackle these.

This quilt is Bricks in the Barnyard.  It’s a Bonnie Hunter pattern in the book Scraps and Shirttails Book Two.  You can find it HERE on Amazon.   It’s one of my favorite books.

Here’s a peek of it from the book… Notice mind is a little different.  The center of Bonnie’s starts with dark prints…mine with neutral.  

I think that all happened because I made mine bigger.


I did a blog post about sewing the braids that are on the border.  You can read that HERE.  If you’ve not sewn braids before, you might enjoy reading the post.


I finished this when we had our retreat in 2018.  I think it sat because I thought I’d likely keep the quilt so there was no hurry to finish.

This quilt is a real testament to my love of scrappy quilts…and of course red.

I’ve been binding these all immediately after they come off the quilting frame.  I’m bound and determined I don’t want a backlog of quilts that need to get bound.  I don’t want to trade one backlog for another.

This one got a teal/blue colored binding.  I initially wanted the same red but I am out of it and not other red was quite right.  I thought the teal/blue would work.  I certainly wasn’t going to go shopping.  No way…we can find something here that will work, and I think this did.


The backing was from a blog reader.  I thought this would be perfect for a “Bricks in the Barnyard” quilt with the barns on the fabric so  I pulled a piece of my backing fabric and put it donation box and kept this piece for me.


I love quilts that are very geometric.  I love barn-raising quilts.

I used the hook and bump quilting motif and am glad I did.  You can find a tutorial on how to do the “hook and bump” HERE.  It turns out good.  I used a light brown thread on the top and a green on the back.

No worries…I didn’t forget a Rosie picture!!  Here she is peaking out from the quilt when it was on the quilting machine.


I think it’s such a cute picture!!

If you’re counting…that means I only have two more quilt tops to finish.  I am going to get right on the next one.  I want them done!!  It’s going to happen.

39 thoughts on “Quilt Finish: Bricks in the Barnyard

  1. Pamela Roberts

    Hi Jo
    Your quilt is just lovely. Although I like Bonnie Hunter’s designs I couldn’t cope with all those tiny little pieces. I do hope you are going to keep this one for yourself.

  2. Donna

    Very Pretty! I’ll have to check this one out. I usually can tell how it’s put together but not this time!
    Love and prayers

  3. Lori

    I also love the quilt and it has a wonderful back.
    I’m sure that feels good to get another quilt off the pile. Good for you!

    Is the quilt square? Can it be made rectangular without hurting my brain too much?

  4. Deb A

    Love the photo of Ruby and the quilt! Those photo’s always make me smile =). Your quilt is gorgeous and the backing is just perfect. May you enjoy snuggling under this quilt. You deserve it.

  5. Judith Fairchild

    I’ll be reading the braid log. It looks like a fun finish for almost any style quilt. Thanks.

  6. Judith Fairchild

    I’ll be reading the braid log. It looks like a fun finish for almost any style quilt. Thanks.
    I read your how to make a braid log that’s what I like to do get enough to make ironing worth while and then sew again. That blog is a keeper. The teal blue binding on the quilt is beautiful

  7. Brenda in SC

    Jo, I absolutely love this quilt. I do hope you keep this one for yourself. The braid border is beautiful and I have to go back and read that post as it definitely sets that quilt off. I am so jealous how you are finishing off so many UFO’s. Just so happy for you.

  8. Hedy

    I’m with you 100% in finishing your quilts now. I’m on a mission to finish mine but alas, I’m not binding them yet. My machine has been giving me tons of trouble and hubby says to sell that HQ long arm. I do enjoy finishing my quilts, oh well…. This quilt is absolutely beautiful. And your quilting is very pretty too.

  9. Pat

    Jo;
    I love the teal binding and the quilt. I think its great you are able to use so much that is gifted to you. Yet you still support so many charities.
    I agree, get those quilts done!!! That way you can start the new year fresh and that pile of quilts will not be hanging over your head. Great job!!!

  10. Sheila

    Your quilt is beautiful. Not only is the braided border perfect, it also looks like tractor tire printsl. I’m surprised Carver didn’t pick up on that. lol

  11. Lynn C. (NJ)

    Great finish, Jo! The quilt is gorgeous, the colors are wonderful, and the quilting looks great. Love it!

  12. Kate

    Beautiful quilt! The colors are beautiful and the teal binding works great. You and Bonnie might get me to be a scrap quilter yet. haha!

  13. Ruth

    I agree with you, Jo!! Work as hard as you can for as long as you can on whatever project/s you are enjoying at the moment. That way, you get a lot done before you tire of doing the same type of things over and over.
    I know that I can work on my children’s memory quilts for only so long each day, some days not at all, but there’s no point in getting peeved about having to work on this project. After all, I created it on purpose. I just have to keep at it.

  14. Betty Woodlee

    Love your quilt. Is Bricks in the Barnyard set together in quadrants? The backing is perfect. Waiting to see the next finish!

  15. Christine

    Beautiful! I think the teal binding was a great choice b/c it doesn’t distract your eye away from the stunning braid border…whereas your first choice of red may have. Go snuggle with Rosie under this one…it’s a keeper!

  16. Elle

    I LOVE that you are getting your tops all quilted up and finished! I’m not a person who can stand having tops laying around. This quilt looks great!

    I hope you will post side by side photos: quilt tops vs stack of finished quilts :-)

    Happy Friday. And happy Grandma Jo time with Carver and Gannon as you support Carver’s required quarantine.

  17. Kim J LeMere

    Another gorgeous finish. I made this quilt for my mom while taking a class from Bonnie. I made it using civil war prints and Bonnie came by and gave me a piece to put in my quilt, it had a hedgehog on it! She told me to be brave and find a place to put it. I did use it and one morning my mom called to to tell me she noticed the hedgehog on her quilt! We had a great laugh over it and I will always be grateful that Bonnie made me go outside my comfort zone. Your finish is very nice with the teal border and the neutral center. Only 2 more to go, whoo hooo

  18. Andi

    Hi Jo!
    I know I commented on Facebook this morning, but just have to tell you this is one of my true favorites of all the gorgeous quilts you’ve made. It is just wonderful! Makes me want to run right upstairs and get my book out and get busy! Maybe after I get done putting up my outside Christmas decorations while we have this lovely late fall weather – – – –

  19. Donna

    What an accomplishment! The piecing, border and quilting are amazing! I loved it when you said you were “bound and determined” to get the quilts bound as you get them quilted. I said to myself “pun intended?” Thanks for sharing Jo!

  20. Susan V Indy

    You are an inspiration, dear lady! I love those colors, too. Thanks for the Rosie picture. Love to see her.

  21. Tanya Quilts in CO

    You have to do what your quilting mojo tells you–if you are in the mood to quilt on your longarm and get these tops done DO IT! The quilt is gorgeous and the teal binding is great–no need to go shopping just MAKE DO. That picture of Rosie is the best! Thank you for brightening my day.

  22. Julie

    Your quilt is beautiful!!! I love everything about it. Rosie is so cute. You amaze me how much you complete in a day, a week and a month. Stay well.
    Julie

  23. Jean

    Congrats on your finishes. Your work style is also mine. Strike while the iron is hot, so to speak. I’ve never had large backlogs, but early on I decided to quilt and bind each quilt top as soon as I finished piecing it. I longarm so this is not too difficult to accomplish. Can hardly wait till you announce your last two finishes. And same as others I eagerly await your sewing room finish. You will love working in your newly decorated and designed workspace. WOO HOO, indeed!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Linda Lewis

    I love how excited you are about finishing your quilts. They are so lovely, I always like to snuggle them when they are done. Rosie gets it!

  25. Lori Douglas

    Another beauty! You make the most beautiful quilts! Love this one especially. I wish I had your talent!!

  26. Cathy

    Absolutely LOVE it!!! It so beautiful!! I love the civil war quilts. I hope to do this quilt sometime soon. What a great feeling to get quilting done on so many flimsys. That’s my goal for next year…it will take me longer as I have a sit down long arm. That’s OK…I’m looking forward to having my flimsys quilted!!! Great job Jo.

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