Last year the shop set up a special class for the employees to make barn quilts.
A barn quilt is made of wood and painted in the shape of a quilt block. I thought I had a photo of a barn quilt on a barn, but these will just have to do—barn quilts on some quilt shops. Aren’t they wonderful?
For our class, we got to pick from four different quilt blocks. I chose Hunter’s Star.
I decided to make mine purple instead of green like the sample. Purple, you know, is my favorite color! I bordered mine in teal because teal is my second favorite color.
I didn’t get photos of the process, but basically you arrive at class with a board painted white and all marked with the barn quilt pattern you’ve chosen. You then tape the edges of the areas you want to paint and then paint them several times letting each section dry in between coats. The taping process takes a while so there’s no problem getting the previously painted sections to dry fast enough.
After one section is done you repeat the process, taping and painting. The board already has hooks on the back so it’s ready to hang at the end of class.
Barn quilts are typically hung on a barn outside. I haven’t decided where I’ll hang mine for sure, but I’m thinking I might like to hang it to the left of my entry door. Since my entrance is covered, the barn quilt will be protected from the weather. Still, I might coat my barn quilt with some kind of protectant first just to help it stay nice.