Barn Quilt Week–Color 1

Now that I had the first color all taped out it was time to paint the first color.  Barn Quilts are actually really simple to do – they just take time.  Each color needs four coats of paint.  These quilts are going to be permanently exposed to all sorts of elements and need to hold up as long as possible.  Four coats is necessary.

Old Windmill Quilt

IMG_7583I had the first color areas taped off so it was time to start painting.  The ‘Old Windmill’ Quilt’s first color was Corn White.

IMG_7738It took me two days to get the four coats on.  I did a one coat earlier in the day and then one before bed so there was plenty of time for the paint to dry.  IMG_7740

Corn White isn’t super obvious at this point but it is going to look gorgeous against the traditional barn red barn it’s going to be hung on.

Farmer’s Daughter Quilt

IMG_7586My first color on the Farmer’s Daughter Quilt is ‘Star Yellow’IMG_7739These barn quilts are 8 x 8 feet which is quite large.  In order for me to get to each of the sections I literally get down on my knees and crawl around on the boards to paint.  It would be nice to be able to stand to do this but we don’t have the space to do it in our shed.  I know some people will also leave the quilt in two 4’x8’ sections and then put them on saw horses so they can reach to all areas.  At this point in my life I have no problem crawling around on the quilts but I may in the future.IMG_7742

You can really see how clean the lines on the barn quilt when I use the Frog Tape.  It also helped that the humidity was low while I was doing these first coats.


Tomorrow I’ll be showing you which color came next!

1 comment:

  1. I was just talking to my guild mates about barn quilts and how there is a whole tour of them in Western Washington. Seeing yours come together makes me think I need to go on the tour!


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