They emailed me a picture of the block she wanted to create and I went to work figuring out the math. I suggested that the quilt be painted on a 36" square. That way we could work with whole numbers and not those nasty little fractions.
Bab's had a good friend helped her nail together some boards and cut it to the correct size. She primed the square before my arrival.
Before we started marking the wooden square, it was time to pick a color pallet for the Millstone block. Babs had this great little basket filled with all sorts of different paints. I asked her how in the world she got all of them and where did they come from?? Apparently, you can get small paint samples mixed at your local Lowes (I did not know this). She and her mother use to collect coupons in magazines for them and when they were out she would pick some up. How cool is that?
She had the colors she wanted to use picked out.
I suggested that we do a sample paint swatch to make sure she was happy with her color selections. We grabbed an unused paint stirrer and tested the colors beside each other.
After confirming that she was happy with all of the colors and that there was enough contrast between them, it was time to mark the block and get started. Out with the trusty pencil and yard stick.
After all of the lines had been carefully marked it was time to start applying paint. We decided to start in the middle and work our way out, marking our lines carefully with painters tape.
After two coats of paint...
and the magic of a hair drier we successfully added the first color. The paint actually dried much quicker than we thought it would. But now was the moment of truth, did it dry enough to pull away without smearing so that we could put more down? If not, the project was going to take much longer than we thought.
It had! We moved on to the background color around the outside of the block to give the middle of the pinwheel more time to dry.
So onward we went, adding the pink section next and then the blue. Once we made sure everything was dry, we stopped to admire our work. Not too bad. We contemplated stopping and leaving it as is. We both kind of liked that white. So we decided to break for lunch (a lovely pepper soup, grilled cheese and gingerbread cookies) to let the blue dry a bit more.
After our bellies where full, it was time to cover up the white with the background color. Really I think we just wanted to paint some more.
Once everything was dried and the tape was removed we could start touching up a few places that needed filling in or spots that dripped. All in all, this project went pretty dag gone smooth from start to finish. The whole project took us around 4 hours to complete. We even discussed the possibility of making barn quilts to sell we had so much fun.
It t'was a Christmas of barn quilts.
Making this larger painted version of a quilt block was definitely a huge contrast to making the mini barn quilts I completed around Thanksgiving.
|Read more about these mini barn quilts here.|
For now, my barn quilt craze is over, though I don't know that I will stay away from them for too long. What's your experience with barn quilts? Have you ever made one, big or small? Do you smile when you see them on the side of building? I'd love to hear your thoughts.