Notable lesson learned with this barn quilt: Never use an oil based polyurethane...it WILL yellow! Water based exterior poly only! I learned this the hard way! I used poly only because the aqua and the gray are interior latex "samples" from Lowes and needed protected. When using all exterior paints, I don't use poly, so this was a first for me. I originally used Spar Varnish, because I had some on hand. It made the nice brights look muddy. So I repainted the aqua and the gray, and found a water based exterior polyurethane to use instead. It turned out just fine!
I love this barn quilt! I am not a "red" person, but I love this barn quilt!
This will not appear in my etsy shop because, although I "fixed" the Frog Tape edges discussed in this post, and it looks great from just a foot or two away, on close inspection, it just doesn't cut the muster (pass muster? cut the mustard?).
I have two more barn quilts prepped and ready to make. Maybe I will make this one again.
This did not come out as expected! I expected the uniform surface to seal itself better, but it was much worse than any I've ever done. I no longer recommend Frog Tape for this application.
I have had much better results with blue tape that I have sealed with paint. This will require alot of touch up! I will be able to make it right, but with much more time and effort.
Have you heard of Frog Tape?
Well, it is green.
And it is supposed to make an immediate seal when in contact with latex paint.
In the past, I have simply sealed the tape edges with white paint, which worked well, but required some minor touch-up, and was a bit tedious to apply (a bigger brush may have helped).
After only one job, the Frog Tape has certainly proven to be less work in application, but a bit of touch-up will still be done. I think where there was a "seam" standing up, the tape did not seal as well as where it was smooth, which is to be expected, in my opinion.
Frog Tape is about twice the price of the blue tape, and I think it is worth the price, even if you touch-up a bit. If you are making a barn quilt for yourself, it is worth it in saving the step of sealing the edges of your tape, and the bigger the project, the bigger the time and effort savings with the Frog Tape.
Do you have experience with Frog Tape you would like to share? If so, please leave a comment! Thanks!
I've never done a poll on Prairie Patchworks before! Just a little spur-of-the-moment fun! If you have a minute, would you take a look at it? It is on the top of the sidebar! Thank you for your participation! It is greatly appreciated :)
Oh! And if there are other answers you can think of, I would love to add them...just let me know what they are! :)
Over at Yards and Yards, where she is always showcasing wonderful fabrics and ways to use them, Anna is having a 2 day giveaway to celebrate 300 followers! And the growing success of her new !Etsy shop! :) Just go pay her a visit...there are 5 ways to win! Congratulations Anna!
***WARNING: The following post has absolutely NOTHING to do with barn quilts! :)
Would anyone believe that they could possibly survive without their telephone and computer for 33 days? Well, due to high water in the Mussellshell River, I have experienced just that! Our phone line was ripped from the bank and could not even be reached for repair until just a few days ago! So from the 21st of May until the 23rd of June, it was a 50 mile, one way trip just to make a phone call, and if the library was open, we could possibly use a computer!
It has been a crazy couple of months! Water flowing through the yard 5 times, 9 power outages from 3 to 17 hours in duration, of course, no phone, and muddy, impassable road conditions! Whew! Glad, very glad, to be on the dry side of June!
But there are other activities to engage in when the power or phone or computer is out, aren't there? While I missed all the colorful, inspiring blog updates on my favorite quilt sites, I was able to finish my longest running unfinished project!
For my second wedding anniversry, way back in 1987, my wonderful mother-in-law bought me the fabric for a queen sized Broken Star quilt! I had participated in 2 beginners quilt classes, both with her, and with that foundation, I began to draw and cut out 800+ individual diamonds and to piece them together, piece by piece, row by row by hand! Remember, this was the '80s and I had no knowledge of strip piecing...unfortunately! Many other projects started and finished in the meantime. I am so pleased to relate that while waiting for water to recede, I was able to finish a winter's worth of quilting. All that is left is the binding, which is cut, pressed and waiting for (gulp) a rainy day?! We have alot of spring /summer catching up to do before I can allow myself the luxury of the finishing touch...but to have the quilting completed is a huge reward for me! I finished the last stitch of it , appropriately enough, on our 26th anniversary, June 15th, 2011 :)
***these photos were taken before I had finished quilting the sawtooth border and trimmed the edges...but rest assured I have done those things :)
This is not a barn quilt, but someone on the barn quilting forum reminded me of this, so I am just posting it for some color and fun remembering:) I made this flying swallows medallion quilt for my first baby, who is now 14 years old:) It has been and still is well loved:)
Hunting season has come and gone. The road conditions are unpredictable, at best. My "workspace" is also the gym and general headquarters for "the boys", which includes their dogs, when it is below freezing...which it has been since November. No complaints here, but simply stated as a way of apologizing for the lack of new Prairie Patchworks barn quilts to see and spout about:) Who knows what 2011 will bring, but I do hope to make some more barn quilts when the weather is not quite so constraining. Thank you for visiting my blog, and for your interest in Prairie Patchworks Barn Quilts, in general! Please leave a comment, if you like!
Well...one of my sisters. This Bears Paw barn quilt was finished for the Arts and Crafts Show. It was done in MSU colors, making it a "Cats Paw", really. It was slightly damaged in transit, so rather than store it, where no one could enjoy it, I found my sister was willing to give it a home, in downtown Indianapolis! A little Montana State University in the big city! I like it!
The Lost Fork Arts and Crafts Show was this past Saturday. We had marvelous weather, good company and a steady flow of visitors. This was the first public showing for my barn quilts and I was pleased with the favorable response they received. I want to thank my friend, Connie, for including Prairie Patchworks in her show, and the many folks who turned out to make this show a success! I hope we will do this again next year!
You're invited!!!! What: Lost Fork Arts & Crafts Show With over 20 artists participating, including painters, sculptors, ceramics, crafts and more. And BARN QUILTS, of course! When: Saturday, July 17th Hours are 9:00-5:00, Saturday only! Where: Stanford, Montana At the Lost Fork Studio & Gallery, located at 87 4th St. South, right across from the school. Watch for signs!
This Arts & Crafts Show is the same weekend as Stanford's own CM Russell Stampede Rodeo which is Sunday, July 18th! There will be lots to do in town on Saturday, from yard sales and farmers market, to the Stampede Quick Draw and Sale, jam session and street dance! So come join in the summertime fun in beautiful Judith Basin County! Look for more info on all the happenings in "Treasure State Lifestyles"!
I will be bringing most of the quilts you see here, along with a few others I'm working on now! I hope to see you there!!
The raffle for this 4x 4, red, white and blue Shining Star barn quilt went off well! The quilt raised $360.00 for the Volunteer Fire Dept of Winnett. Thanks to all who participated! And CONGRATULATIONS to Kardy, who won the raffle!!!!!!!
It occurs to me that some visitors may have some questions as to just what a Barn Quilt is! A Barn Quilt isn't a quilt at all, in the traditional sense, so much as it is a painting of a quilt block, for outdoor display.
I have made my quilts with exterior plywood or MDO board. MDO board has been referred to as "the workhorse of the sign industry". It is a very stable plywood that has been covered with a resin paper overlay, hence, Medium Density Overlay, or MDO. It makes for a beautiful work surface. I also like the heavier wood grain look of the plywood, and so I have used both. Since these quilts are intended for outdoor use, the details such as woodgrain, tend to flatten out with just a little distance. It is not as if it is hanging in your kitchen or living room and therefore up close and personal...although I suppose it could be:)
I fill and seal the edges of the quilt, then give them 2 coats of primer, followed by 3 coats of each of the colors.
The whole process is very gratifying. Here is what one looks like "in-progress" vs. the finished product. A wonderful transformation, I think!
Geoff put together a neat stand for the purpose of taking good pictures of Prairie Patchworks outdoor barn quilts! THANK YOU, Geoff! It is obviously portable, so we can choose our background, and the light. Right now, every setting is pretty sloppy, with 10+ inches of snow melting and nowhere to go! But I'm not complaining...the sun is shining!
This 4'x4' barn quilt is going to be raffled off by the Winnett Volunteer Fire Dept. in June. Geoff and I joined the W.V.F.D. shortly after moving out here and we thought this would be a good way for them to raise some extra funds, while also helping me get the word out about Prairie Patchworks. Hopefully a win-win situation! I am especially pleased with the way this one turned out!
This is my barn quilt showcase. I really enjoy making barn quilts and will continue to make them as gifts and for fun, and would encourage anyone to try it for themselves! I hope what I have shared here will give others helpful information, ideas and direction as they travel the "barn quilt trail".