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Take Hwy 51 North from Madison, go straight onto Hwy 22, turn east (right) onto Hwy 60 almost immediately. Drive 2 miles and go North (left) onto Kroncke Road. We're just over a mile on the left-hand side.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

How To Make a Barn Quilt

In a previous post on my crafting blog, I talked about creating a barn quilt to hang at the 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!

treated boards

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 and framed the back out with treated 2x6’s (specs say 2x4’s but we happened to have 2x6’s laying around).

first coat of primer

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.

design sketch

Step Three. Using a ruler and a level, I drew on the quilt design for my barn quilt. constellation2I 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.

taped off 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.


I am not the only one that is Columbia County’s Barn Quilt Guinea Pig – Becky Gutzman is also one of the lucky firsts. She shared some pictures of her barn quilt with me and gave me permission to post about it.

primer coat_Becky

Primer Coat – Becky did hers a bit differently – she painted each board separately first and then will be putting it together in the end. It will be easier to work with a 4’ x 8’ piece versus a 8’ x 8’ piece.drawing pattern

drawing the quilt pattern

Becky gracefully answered a few questions I had for her as well.

When did you first hear of barn quilts?

I had read about the Iowa Barn quilt project in farm magazines several years ago. As I heard of other Wisconsin counties doing this, I thought I would love to have one on out farm.

tapingtaping the designthird coat of white

Becky painting the third coat of white in the H’s

What made you want to create a barn quilt to hang on your farm?

Our road is fairly well traveled for a town road, and our barn is very visible from the road; I thought it would be a great place to have one.

removing tape

removing the tape!

Why did you choose the design that you did?

4-H has been an important part of my life: I’ve been a 4-H member/leader most of my life, and my first job out of college was as 4-H educator for Columbia County. Our local 4-H club (Welsh Prairie Livewires) is celebrating 80 years this year, so I chose a 4-H quilt pattern. finished painting Painting is complete! Now she just has to hang it on her barn.

I’ll be posting more pictures on the progress of my quilt and maybe we’ll have some pictures of Becky’s barn quilt hung later too!


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