Saturday, October 27, 2012

Grandpa's Delight

A while ago we were asked to paint a barn quilt. The block used is called Grandpa's Delight in honor of a recently passed grandfather. In the past I thought that painting quilts might be easier and faster than with fabric, however, now I know differently.

In the end the project took us about a week and more than 1 roll of painters tape. Only 3 colors were used in this barn quilt and I can only imagine how it would be using more colors.

Step 1 - Prime the wood and let it dry, then do it again and let it dry at least overnight.
Step 2 - Draw the quilt block of choice onto the board.
Step 3 - Tape around the areas you want to paint first and be sure that tape is pressed down very carefully.
Step 4 - Paint the pieces with your brush going away from the tape and let it dry.
Step 5 - Paint a second coat of paint and let it dry awhile, even over night.
Step 6 - Gently remove the tape and try to make sure tape doesn't pull up paint.
Step 7 - Repeat steps 3 through 6 until finished.
Step 8 - Seal quilt with polyurethane, even around the edges to help keep protected from weather.

As for hanging the barn quilt, I don't know how it was done, but apparently that can be quite a challenge itself. It was a fun project and since watching paint dry isn't much fun, real quilting can be done while waiting.

Happy Quilting,

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