Barn quilts are awesome, and if you don’t know what they are, you probably don’t see as many barns as we do. Out here in Wisconsin they are relatively common, though I still encounter folks who don’t know what they are. Look out your car window, yo! Enjoy the scenery!
Anywho, I’d always told Todd that if we ever owned a barn I would hang a barn quilt on it… The barn hasn’t happened yet (maybe someday), but we have a chicken coop and that’s close enough!
Contrary to their name, these aren’t actually “quilts”, they’re wooden boards painted to look like quilts. Do a quick Google search and you’ll find an amazing variety of colors and patterns. Some even have images of flowers or animals. Anja wanted me to paint a chicken on this one… I patted her head and thanked her for the suggestion.
My barn quilt happened in stages. I’d originally wanted to use colors that signified San Francisco Bay. My colors were dark blue (for the water), light blue (for the sky), deep orange-red (for the Golden Gate Bridge), and light gray (for the fog). After sketching it out, Todd and I both decided the colors wouldn’t do…
Todd graciously trimmed some scrap plywood to a 20″ x 20″ square. I would have liked it to be a bit bigger, but the sides needed to be easily divisible by 4 and using free plywood is better than buying a whole new piece. After sanding and priming the whole board, I set about laying down the quilt lines, using the sketch as a reference.
Once the lines were drawn, I used Frog Tape to block out certain sections. I blocked out the light orange and dark blue first, so I could easily paint the dark orange and light blue sections at the same time.
The painting was the fun part, I let the kids in on this one. I used exterior paints, since this baby is going to face the elements. Marin got a little crazy with the dark orange, but it was okay because I could just cover the mistakes with the next color.
I then forgot I was taking pictures of this… Oh, well.
After letting the whole thing dry, I coated it with a layer of polyurethane, just to be safe. Todd mounted it to the coop with two big screws, and there you have it.
I also was able to make this little pouch for my cousin, Ginny, this week. Zipper pouches are such a great go-to gift, and the free tutorial from Noodlehead is my favorite.