Thursday, September 18, 2014


Quilt Guild was so much fun today!  You may or may not know how much I love old barns.  I don't really know why but I do, I just do!  And I have been extremely fascinated with the Barn Quilts too.  I would love to follow one (or more than one) of the Barn Quilt trails.  You can read about Barn Quilt Trails here.

Well, more than a year ago, the author of Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement Book, Suzi Parron contacted me (as at the time I was Program Chairman of the Brownwood Quilter's Guild) and said she was going to be in our area presenting a program on her Barn Quilts Book and would love to work something out with our Guild.  Long story short, we worked out the details and she come to Guild today and presented her program.

She gave a very interesting presentation about her travels and the barn quilts she found along the way.  Suzi is a wonderful storyteller and she has great stories to tell you!  She also conducted a workshop in the afternoon where we got to make our very own Barn Quilt.  It was so much fun!

We started with a 2' x 2' piece of 1/4" plywood that Suzi had already primed for us on both sides.  We then picked our pattern and drew it on the board with a pencil using very light lines so we wouldn't have to try to cover those pencil lines when we painted it.  We used 3M Painter's Tape to mark off the area we wanted to paint.  You can see I painted the white areas first.

Angela was Miss Speedy.  While the rest of us were still taping or painting white, she had moved on to the color portion of her block.

Joy and Doniene.  Doniene was a rebel.  She opted to paint her colored parts without taping it off; doing it free handed!  It worked well for her.  Wouldn't have for me though!

We gave each color 3 coats of paint and used hair dryers to dry the coats in between.  Miss Vickie is drying hers.  I'm sure she'll tell you all about it on her blog  More Stars in Comanche very soon.

This is what mine looked like after I painted the white and removed the painters tape.

It's beginning to look like a quilt block.

Ta Da!  I love how it turned out!

This is Miss Joy's block

And Miss Ann's block.  I just love the black and red.

Here's where I put my block for now.  I haven't attached it to the building yet.  It's just sitting on the little table between the chairs just outside my studio.



  1. What a fun project!! What did she prime the boards with and what kind of paint did you use to paint your blocks? I would love my guild to do this since we live in farming country and many of us have barns to put them on!


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