|Hmmm, that's a little hazy. Need to take another picture of it!|
We have a big heavy nail driven into the back wall of our terrace that was left from the previous tenants (good because we are technically not allowed to nail into the outer walls). It's the same one I hang the wreath from so I drilled a hole in the top of each board for that. I stocked up on water based craft paint at the local Michael's when they had sales. But I admit I dragged my feet about the actual painting, primarily stalled about what block designs I wanted to do and what colors I wanted to use.
Then in 2014 I saw that the always inspiring Elaine, who blogs at "Elaine Adair Pieces", posted about a Barn Quilt she painted as a gift for a friend. Check out her work on it here:
One of the first helpful tips in Elaine's post was to treat wood that's not smooth by sanding it a bit before painting. I had always planned to paint a base coat first but found the next tip in her post -- to use an oil-based house paint as the base coat -- to be another very good idea since mine would hang outside in the elements. I had also always planned that after using the craft paint for the block colors, I was going to seal the whole thing with polyurethane afterwards to further protect the design from the elements.
Note: Quilting in The Country is no longer operating as a retail shop but still offers items online, although not this one. If you're interested in a kit for the Medallion quilt, you can find it at Connecting Threads.
My eye was drawn to the block in the upper left hand corner. I loved the blue and white and the use of orange, an analogous color to red, made it a perfect color combination for the patriotic summer months, not to mention pleasing to me as a NY Mets fan! So with Elaine's tips and now a firm block plan in place, I was ready to go.
|From cutting table to painting station!|
The good news is that when it was finished and hung, I did get compliments on it from my neighbors too (as well as the opportunity to explain what a Barn Quilt is and that no, it was not made of fabric)! On the Medallion quilt, I also like the block in the lower right corner too. If I can stay productive as I finish out the summer, I might paint that one to display in the early fall before putting the wreath out. This was a fun project and another great way to bring quilty goodness into one's life!