Did you know that Hoot (the name our grand kids call my hubby) and I (I’m Annie…did you put that together? Hoot & Annie?) make Barn Quilts. I love barns. I have barns. I love quilts. Barns + Quilts = Barn Quilts.
We cut exterior wood to a 4 by 4 size. Paint it with an enamel primer and then top coat it with exterior white paint. Then, I draw the block I want to paint using a giant ruler and sharpen my pencil often. Once the block is drafted I paint it…each color is painted 3, yes three, times with exterior paint. It takes days. Cutting, drawing, painting, drying, is slow. Then the polyurethane is applied to protect it. Hoot builds a frame on the back to hang it. Then he finishes it off with molding to give it the perfect edge.
Here are some in progress:
In Texas, there are two Barn Quilt trails. One out in far west Texas and one along the Red River. It’s fun to drive the trail and see the decorated barns and the creative quilt blocks that the families have chosen.
Since I am the first in the area to have Barn Quilts hanging on the barns- one at my home and one at the Hidden Star Retreat, I claim the honor of naming the trail. So, from now on it’s the Upper East Side of Texas Quilt Trail!
If you have a barn and want to join the fun…let me know. I’d LOVE to have some Barn Quilt buddies. If you want a smaller one, we do those, too!
Barns + Quilts = Barn Quilts.