Since our barn is not real large we decided that a 4’ square barn quilt would be the right size and also a 4’ square for the Quonset too. I purchased one sheet of 3/4” exterior plywood and had it cut in half to make the two 4” squares. I painted all sides with white exterior primer paint then a coat of white exterior paint. I looked on the internet at other barn quilts and through my quilt books and decided on two blocks to use for the barn quilts. I chose blocks that could be easily drafted on the 4’ boards. It is no different drawing them on this large scale as it is to draw small blocks to piece of fabric.
I decided I wanted a border to surround each of my blocks to separate it from the white barn. The boards were not exactly 4’ square so figured out what number would be easily divisible for the quilt blocks and the left over measurement was divided in half to make the size of the border. Each barn quilt has a slightly different border size because each has a different basic grid. Because of the block design I chose to use red, white and blue paint with gold as an accent for each of the blocks.
I first taped off the area that would be the gold star on each block then painted it. It took two coats of paint to cover and since exterior plywood is a little rough there was some paint leakage under the tape. I decided to wait until I was done to touch up the bleeds.
The areas for the blue paint was taped off next and painted and again I painted the blue with two coats. I used a small roller to apply the paint and that worked really well. Between coats I put the roller in a plastic bag to keep it from drying out.
When I was finished painting all the sections I used a small flat artist brush to sharpen up the edges of the color blocks. I know the bleeding wouldn’t show when they were up on the barn but being a perfectionist I couldn’t leave them like this.
All finished and ready to be hung now. The one with the pseudo flag will be hung now on the barn and the other will hang on point on the Quonset.
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