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Painting a Barn Quilt for Your Garden Shed

My mother is a quilter and for her birthday I made her abarn quilt square to hang on my father's shed that overlooks their back yardand garden. Living in the south we see large quilt squares on barns on farms but I thought itwould be great to make a small one for my mom. I couldn't find any directions onmaking one but figured it out with out too much trouble.
First pick out a pattern that is special to your family. Itcould be a quilt that is in your family or just one you like. I wanted a TexasStar since my mother is from Texas. Then pick out your colors. I used rustoleum latex paints but you can havepaints mixed up if you want. Home Depot and Lowes will cut plywood for you. Iused a 3' x 3' plywood square. They sellsmall squares so look for those to save money. Here is my shopping list:
3" foam roller and tray
painters tape (recommend frog tape)
cheap brushes (one for each color)
rustoleum clear coat (quart)
paint (for my design I used 4 colors and used Rustoleumlatex quarts)
plastic drop cloth
wood screws
Measure out your design with a pencil and yardstick on thesmoother side of the plywood. Taping off a border around your design will givethe quilt square a pop. Tape off the area you want to paint. I painted 3 thickcoats. After it is dried removed the tape and move to the next section. Besure and put a date and special message on the back.
After the whole design is finished cover the entireboard, back, sides and top with the clear coat with at least 4 light coats withthe foam roller.
Drill 4 holes for hanging.
You can see more pictures of the project on my link to my blog.
Time: 2 Days Cost: $75 Difficulty: Medium

To see more: http://lovethegiver.com/2013/04/painting-a-barn-quilt-for-my-momma/

  • Nancy Hand
    Nancy Hand Enigma, GA
    on Jun 4, 2013

    I love it! :)

  • Barb Rosen
    Barb Rosen Wilmington, DE
    on Jun 4, 2013

    Oh, My Gosh!!! I am crazy about this idea, Katey!! I'll bet your Mom went bonkers over it!

  • Barb Rosen
    Barb Rosen Wilmington, DE
    on Jun 4, 2013

    @Miriam I - isn't this wonderful??

  • Katey
    Katey Huntsville, AL
    on Jun 4, 2013

    Yes! My mom was very excited as was my dad!! My mom has quilter friends over and they all love it too. My mom can see it from her kitchen window and she says she looks at it all the time and it makes her smile when she pulls in the driveway. It was so fun to do too! I loved it!! Thank you for your comments.

  • Barb Rosen
    Barb Rosen Wilmington, DE
    on Jun 4, 2013

    @Katey , if she is anything like me, the gifts her children give from their own heart and hands are the most special of all!

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