Have you ever heard of a barn quilt?
Until a sweet reader emailed about her barn quilt couple of months ago, I hadn’t either.
But I’ve since decided I love them!
Basically a barn quilt is a quilt square painted onto a board and mounted to a barn. Although they’re starting to pop up on sheds and houses too.
Now I don’t live on a farm and my house is definitely not a country house (we live in a suburb of Toronto with a population of 141,500+). But when I was in Michael’s looking for craft supplies I stumbled upon some square craft plaques and they made me think of barn quilts – rather, mini barn quilts.
- unfinished square plaque
- cream or off-white paint
- dark walnut stain
- paint brush
- paint marker (optional)
1. Using a lint free cloth or foam brush, stain plaque with dark walnut stain. Let dry.
2. Using a ruler and a pencil mark a grid of 3×3 equal squares.
3. Then mark off from corner to corner of squares as shown below.
4. Before painting, be sure to mark which triangles get painted and which stay blank. I did this by putting a white dot in the paintable triangles with a paint marker (see photo above).
5. Carefully paint the marked triangles. Let dry.
6. Lightly go over the whole piece with fine grit sandpaper to age.
Do you have a spot for a full size barn quilt? Or is this little one more your size?