How To Make A Barn Quilt

In a previous post, Barn Quilts Across America, I talked about creating a barn quilt to hang at my orchard. Well, the process has begun and I plan to keep you all ‘in the know’ on how it’s progressed and have some basic instructions if you ever feel the urge to make one yourself!

When you decide to decorate your orchard with something handmade and creative you needn’t worry. It is completely easy and interesting to accomplish the same with few quick trips to the shops to procure the required items. Once that is done then making it is easy with few tricks. I have made a humble effort to give you the entire process what I followed to do the board.  Hope this will help you in your mission too. The tag to Andrew king’s creation will give you more leads for the same.

Step One: My husband went to Menard’s and purchased two pieces of 4’ x 8’ treated plywood – top grade. He then put the boards together (with our 2 year old Capri’s help – turns out she’s a good carpenter) and framed the back out with treated 2×6’s (specs say 2×4’s but we happened to have 2×6’s laying around).

How to make a barn quilt

Step Two: Coat the ENTIRE piece (sides too) with high quality exterior primer – I used latex. I also put on four coats to seal it real well.

How to make a barn quilt

Step Three. Using a ruler and a level, I drew on the quilt design for my barn quilt.

How to make a barn quilt

I am going to be painting a slightly tweaked ‘Constellation’ quilt block for the orchard. I know I could have used an more apple-y pattern since it’s going on an apple orchard but I just really liked this block and the rest of the family agreed.

How to make a barn quilt

Step Four. This is the last step I’ll talk about in this post. Using painter’s tape I taped off the design of the first color (it will be orange) of the quilt block. I had to use a straight edge and razor blade to get the points in the middle really nice.

Tune in next week to see how my barn quilt has progressed!