Monday, September 3, 2012

Our Barn Quilts

 After thinking about doing a barn quilt for the last several months, we decided to just do it!

 I bought a 4 foot by 8 foot piece of signboard from a local sign shop and I had them cut it in half for me.  Signboard is expensive so we decided to do 4 foot by 4 foot quilt blocks.  We used signboard because it is  lightweight and we didn't have to hire anyone to hang our barn quilts.  Below are the simple steps that I used to create our barn quilts.

 Signboard is very shiny and it needed to be sanded to rough it up a little so the paint would stick.  There is no need to primer signboard or to paint the back of the sign.

I bought Sherwin Williams exterior glossy paint.  I used four coats of white paint.  The quilt block was then measured and drawn out.  I did a black boarder around both of my blocks because I thought that they would show up better on white and grey backgrounds.

 This paint dries within an hour, but I was careful to let a full hour pass before adding another coat of paint.  I also would wait over night to add the next color because I felt uncomfortable putting painter's tape over paint that was only a few hours old.  When removing the painter's tape, please take your time and do the job very slowly.  I always removed the tape before quitting for the day.  I did four coats of each color.

We did a lot of thinking before putting our barn quilt up so no one would accidentally get injured by falling off a ladder.

 So here's a friendly quilt welcome to all our neighbors in Ohio!
The block on our garage is called "Corn and Beans" and the block on the barn is called "Country Farm".  I modified the colors in the "Country Farm" block to three colors instead of four because of paint expense.  These blocks were used from EQ7.

Hope everyone is having a Happy Labor Day!

Happy Quilting!

Kay Lynne


Quilting By Jeannie said...

Love love love it. Been wanting one for a few years now. Was going to use one of my original pattern blocks before we moved, but didnt know if LL would let me hang one so I cancelled my order. Im still going to get one done or do one myself one of these days

P. said...

Nice job! You sure picked appropriately named blocks. They look great!

Anonymous said...

Kaylynne they look it,well done.xx

Friendship Crossing said...

I LOVE your barn signs!! I would love to make one and your tips will really help when the time comes~thanks so much for sharing them!

Stop by for a visit sometime.


Anonymous said...

I love this! I've wanted to make a barn quilt for the side of my chicken coop for months, but I don't think my husband would go for it.

Val Spiers said...

I absolutely adore your barn quilt. What a great thing to do.

Laura said...

It looks great! I'd love to have one of these hanging on our house some day.

Pam said...

These turned out great. Thanks for the info and process for making a barn quilt.

Gra said...

Kay, they look amazing!!!!

Ivory Spring said...

Your barn quilt is beautiful!

Thanks for popping by, and leaving the sweet comment.

Happy Quilting.

Sandra said...

Wonderful job on your barn quilts! The patriotic colors really add a nice focal point on your white barn:)