Painting a Barn Quilt for Your Garden Shed

$75
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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:
Plywood
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.
Enjoy!!
Katey
PS
You can see more pictures of the project on my link to my blog.
My supplies
measuring the design
Get the family involved. They love it.
taping the sections off. the blue painters tape bled a little so recommend frogtape
rolling the clear coat on
Hanging in it's new home!
Texas Star

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7 questions
  • Shan Shaw
    on Nov 10, 2015

    wonder what the panels of the garage door would look like "quilted"?

    • Lynne
      on May 12, 2016

      I've seen it done and from a distance it looked great. Would be harder to do

  • Deborah White Kanatzar
    on May 31, 2016

    What deminsion did you use? Also, is the plywood pre-treated?

    • Katey
      on May 31, 2016

      No the wood wasn't treated. I used a 3' square

  • Pam Baxter
    on Aug 10, 2016

    How did you know how to draw your pattern? It is so precise... just don't know if I could do it but I would like to if I can figure out how to get a pattern. Yours turned out great! Thanks for sharing.

    • Katey
      on Aug 11, 2016

      It does take some tinkering with. Just pick an easy pattern and then convert it to larger. Say the pattern is a 6" square and you have a 3' board. Then it's 6 times bigger. So if the pattern says use a 2" piece then it would be 12" piece on your board. Just do it in pencil and you can always erase. Good Luck!!!

    • Carey
      on Nov 14, 2017

      If you are doing a star for instance, decide whether you want it to be a 6 point star or an 8 point star. Then take a square piece of paper and practice. start by drawing straight lines from corner to corner. Now you have the center of the paper or board clearly marked. Measure each side and find the center and mark it. Draw a line from side to side being sure to go directly through the center and the marks on the sides of the board. You can get a compass to create a circle in the center and use that to mark the distance from the points of your star to the circle. You can play with the compass as well to come up with a design that you lice and repeat on your board. Put the point of the compass at points where your lines intersect and just turn it so that it goes to the line on both sides of where the point is. You can come up with amazing original designs this way! The more straight lines you draw, the more points you create. One line is the point and the next one is the inside "V" of the star.

    • Jo-Anne Smith
      on Jan 28, 2018

      Use graph paper to make your design and then draw light pencil lines on your board after you have base coated it with your lightest colour. Use these squares to reproduce what you have on your graph paper. I also coloured my graph paper with coloured pencils to get a sense of the colour combinations and so I knew which colours to buy.
      , On my shed, Given as a raffle prize for a charity event
  • Deb
    on Sep 14, 2016

    I love the barn quilt you made! I would like to make one to hang on our garage.How did you attach it to the shed? thanks,Deb

    • Katey
      on Sep 14, 2016

      Really long wood screws. Thanks and good luck!

    • Roxi
      on Jun 14, 2018

      I also put mine up with woos screws. Before I hung them up I sprayed 3 or 4 coats of clear spray shine coat to each one. I have them on my wooden garage doors. They have been up a couple years and they look as good as the day I put them up. It takes time. You cannot hurry. I taped off each color . Good Luck.

  • Sandra Noel
    on Aug 2, 2017

    What is the thickness of the plywood you used? Did you put the bracings on the back?
    • Katey
      on Aug 2, 2017

      I'm sorry I don't know the thickness exactly but i would guess 1/2 to 3/4 inch. It was just standard nothing different then what Home Depot has precut. I didn't put anything on the back. Thanks for asking. Good luck.
    • Jewellmartin
      on Mar 20, 2018

      Katey, this would be complex for me because of the precision. My son lives in Madison, Al., btw. This son has a house that could display a quilt board like this. I see your measurements, but did you plan the quilt with the proportion related to size of the shed? I don’t know if a 6’ or 9’ square quilt would be the correct proportion. Thank you for your rocket of an idea ☺️

  • Cindi E
    on Jul 10, 2018

    Hi~

    Couple questions : )! Thanks!

    1-Did you prime surface for weather/exterior before adding color(paint)?

    2-What type/brand of exterior paints are used? Were you able to mix colors to get what you wanted as far as shading?

    3-Did you use Satin, Semi-gloss, or a High gloss for paint?

    3-What clear coat, Polyurethane or Urethane?

    4-Did the final clear coat have a UV protection, and is it waterproof against weather?

    HUE THANK YOU for taking time to answer : )!

    from Northern CA (but originally from Oregon : )!

    Cindi Ewert

    chilipepper9759@yahoo.com

  • Cindi E
    on Jul 10, 2018

    Hi~

    Couple questions : )! Thanks!

    1-Did you prime surface for weather/exterior before adding color(paint)?

    2-What type/brand of exterior paints are used? Were you able to mix colors to get what you wanted as far as shading?

    3-Did you use Satin, Semi-gloss, or a High gloss for paint?

    3-What clear coat, Polyurethane or Urethane?

    4-Did the final clear coat have a UV protection, and is it waterproof against weather?

    HUE THANK YOU for taking time to answer : )!

    from Northern CA (but originally from Oregon : )!

    Cindi Ewert

    chilipepper9759@yahoo.com

    • Katey
      on Jul 10, 2018

      Cindi, I can’t recall if I primed it but it wouldn’t hurt. In one of the pictures I have a picture of the paint can maybe you can see. I bought it right off the shelf and used. I’m sure you could mix to get what you want. I used polyurethane and can’t recall exactly what protection it had. I painted all the edges too. It’s held up great as it’s been many years since I made it. I think It was semi gloss as well as the paint. Good luck!!! Thanks for asking. Katey

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