Fall Into a QAL Block 11 Release!

I love barns! Especially in the fall. Growing up in Centre County, Pennsylvania there were many in the surrounding farm lands. I thought they looked most pretty in the autumn; a red building against the backdrop of turning leaves and lots of hale bales in the fields.

Neff Round Barn
My favorite Centre County barn, the Neff Round barn.

So it is my pleasure to bring you my pattern “Autumn Harvest Barn” Block 11 for the Fall Into a QAL.

#fallintoaqal Autumn Harvest Barn Block
“Autumn Harvest Barn” Block 11 of the Fall Into a QAL

Ready to make your barn? Click the button below to download your free PDF pattern!

Pattern Download

The pattern includes complete measurements and directions for making your block. Here in my post I am providing added photos to help guide you through the pattern.  The PDF pattern includes all of the complete fabric measurements and step by step technique instructions; including pinwheel squares and the flip and stitch method.

Once you have selected your fabrics and cut all your barn block pieces, first mark all 6 of the 2 ½” Sky squares and one of the 2 ½“ Roof squares on the diagonal on the wrong side of the fabric (WSF).

Barn Block 1

The Barn block is broken into three sections.

  • Section 1: Pinwheels in the Sky
  • Section 2: Assembling your Barn
  • Section 3: Completing the block

Section 1: You will make two pinwheel squares that will be added to each end of your top Sky piece of fabric.

A Pinwheel square is made up of 4 half square triangles (HST).



HST Pinwheel Square

  • Want your pinwheel seams to spin? This technique reduces bulk when pressing and you get a cute mini pinwheel on the back. Essentially, you stop sewing about 1/8” before you reach the end of the fabric when HSTs together. This allows you to press open the middle meeting points.  Please visit this tutorial to see how it’s done.
Spinning pinwheel seams
Spining Seam

Section 2:  You will piece together your barn and side background cut pieces. The barn block roof uses the flip and stitch process three times.



The body of the barn is pieced together.



Add your roof and side sky background.



Section 3: Sew the first two sections together then add the grass cut of fabric to the bottom.

Barn block #fallintoaqal

And there you will have it! Your very own Autumn Harvest Barn.

I picture my barn filled with corn, pumpkins, a wagon for a hay ride piled with plenty of quilts to wrap up in the cool Fall evenings!

Fun Barn Facts:

Why are barns traditionally red?

  • Before paint was available farmers used a combination of linseed oil mixed with ferrous oxide, otherwise known as rust. The oil was a sealant and the rust killed the mold that can spread in wood. It was the rust that gave the barn a red tint and later when paint was available the choice to use the familiar color continued.

Raising Bees  🐝

  • Traditional barns being built has become rarer and rarer due to the decline of small family farms and the rise of large factory ones. But thanks to the presence of Amish and Mennonite communities, seeing a barn built is still a reality. The Amish are known to “raise a barn in a day”, with an entire community pitching in. It was fun to learn that barn raisings are also called “raising bees.” 🐝 Much like our community of bloggers who join in virtual quilting and sewing bees! 🐝

Quilts on Barns

  • A barn quilt is a large piece of wood that is painted to look like a quilt block. Historically barns have been decorated with folk art, like the Pennsylvania Dutch distelfink or hex sign. In recent years the Barn quilt trails have become a sight seeing phenomenon of their own.
  • In Pennsylvania, The Frontier Barn Quilt Trail of Fulton County, founded in 2014 consists, of a private individuals and the Fulton County Historical Society who have come together to create a trail of barn quilts.  The Mission of the group is to encourage barn preservation, promote the value of the rural agricultural economy and to celebrate the quilting tradition.
Quilt Trail
“Mom’s Eagle Quilt” Wells Township, PA

Please visit all of the QAL hosts to see this block in a variety of inspirational fabrics and to read their tips on making this block:

Abbie at Sparkle On! >>>You are here.
April at JANDA Bend Quilts
Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting
Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter
Karen at Tu-Na Quilts, Travel and Eats
Sherry at Powered by Quilting
Vanda at Quilting with Vanda

The prize for this block includes:

4 cuts of assorted Craftsy Boundless solids; 1/2” yard of each.
A free table runner pattern “Christmas Tree Farm” by April Adams of JANDA Bend Quilts.


To enter a chance for this release’s prize, post a picture of your finished block on:

  • The “Partners in Design“ Facebook group page. Here you can also meet and interact with other quilters who are participating in the QAL.
  • Instagram using the hashtag #fallintoaqal
  • The linky party here on my blog. Click the blue button below.

When you post a picture on our FB group page, Instagram and/or the designer’s linky party, you will be automatically entered to win Block 11’s prizes.

To keep the contest portion of the QAL fair and fun for everyone, the prize will be randomly awarded to one person who completed the designer’s block pattern. We encourage you to make each block your own, however a substitution will not gain entry. The deadline for entry is Monday 10/15/18 at 11:59 EDT.  We would love you to post your photos on all our formats, but entry is limited to one per person per block. You must be 18 years or older to enter. *

What? Say it isn’t so! But alas, the Final block of our QAL, #12, designed by Vanda Chittenden of Quilting with Vanda  and will be released on 10/16/18.

Also, on 10/16/18 each host will share a post with her quilt top settings to encourage and inspire you to complete your own. We will also announce all of the fabulous prizes included in our super duper Grand Prize!!!

To be eligible for the Grand Prize you must complete your quilt top including all 12 blocks from the designers. 

If you have any questions, please feel free ask in a comment here or email me at sparkilyblog@gmail.com.

~Abbie ✨


Brought to you by Partners in Design


Thank you for visiting. I hope you enjoy making your Autumn Harvest Barn.

Linking up with Becca of Pretty Piney What I Made Monday
Jennifer of Inquiring Quilter’s Wednesday Wait Loss

30 thoughts on “Fall Into a QAL Block 11 Release!

  1. Oh, what fun! My husband loved taking pictures of old barns, dilapidated or not, and would follow barn quilt trails just for me. There are a lot of them here in Tennessee, too. Thanks for this great free pattern, Abbie, and your tips to make it, too.

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  2. Love your pretty barn pattern and all the interesting detail about the barn quilts and the red paint. I’m looking forward to seeing all the different versions. I can’t believe the qal is so nearly over!!

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