By definition, a barn quilt is a large piece of plywood painted to look like a quilt block. They are a form of American folk art that has been around for hundreds of years. During American colonial times, settlers from central Europe hung wooden barn quilts and hex signs on their barns to identify and celebrate their heritage.
This is a barn quilt on a smaller scale, measuring 12 inches square; but, it is painted using the same techniques as one much larger. This piece is painted on a birch plywood base that is 1/2 inch thick. Exterior grade latex paint is used throughout.
After 2 coats of a base sealer, the pattern is measured out and each piece of the block is taped off and painted with individual colors, starting with the lightest color first. With each color change, the piece is re-taped until the last color (the darkest) is applied. 10 to 15 hours after starting the project, the edges and back are painted in a complementary color and the entire piece is sealed with 3 to 4 coats of marine grade (Spar) varnish.
The piece should be weather resistant for years to come, and can be hung outdoors, if desired, on a fence or porch. It would look great indoors, too!
This particular pattern is called “Indian Puzzle." It is based on a traditional 9-patch style with the board first divided into 9 quadrants, and the pattern laid out within each of the 9 “patches."
This item is made by Janie Galloway. Janie's complete collection is available at our Carrboro, North Carolina store. To see more of her items available online, click here.