Double Aster Barn Quilt
Last year I made a barn quilt for my mom. She lives “in the country” and actually has space for a barn quilt. It is finished and hung, though you cannot see it from the road. Why do I mention that? Well- as it turns out, when I bought the wood for mom’s barn quilt, I purchased a 4′ x 8′ sheet of plywood and had them cut the wood in half at the store. Perfect. Two 4′ x 4′ squares! This past weekend, I was able to finally use the second square for myself.
I am combining a couple blog ideas from my very own blog to create my new Barn Quilt:
The blog posts:
First post: I chose the block, Double Aster, based on this collection of posts on my larger Double Aster quilt. It is a 50″ quilt that I made in fabric. See how small those Fiskar Scissors are in comparison to the block?
The second blog post is a full tutorial for creating the barn quilt, which I authored. I used primer (applied with a brush) and spray paint.
Painting the NEW Barn Quilt
The Double Aster block when enlarged fits on a 5 x 5 grid. For the fabric quilt, it was ideal to work in 10″ sections to create a 50″ block. For a 48″ x 48″ piece of wood, I had to do a tiny bit of math to mark off my sections.
I taped everything off with blue painter’s tape and masked the area with paper.
I was able to spray more carefully this time around and very little paint bled below the tape line.
My spray paint dried quite quickly which made this a fast project.
Once the piece was sealed, it was ready to be hung. (You can see the sunlight progressing in the pictures on my day of painting.)
I don’t have a barn. I have a regular house in the regular suburbs. BUT I totally have a wooden fence! My “barn quilt” cannot be seen from the road but looks fine to me from my back porch. It is the official Fence Quilt. I wonder how many other folks have Fence Quilts? Now I have to go see if that is an existing hashtag….
I screwed the piece directly into the fence and then painted over the screw heads with coordinating paint.