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Barn Quilt Reveal!

I finally finished it! After we added the windows when we finished the barn (it was originally a three sided shed) there was a large, sad expanse of grey. I knew a barn quilt would be the perfect way to break it up and add some color.
Barn Quilt Tutorial | Chicken Scratch NY
Honestly, that should say I finally started it! All in all it only took me 3 days of work and a lot of that was waiting. One for the base coat. One for the marking, taping and painting:
I tried to do all of one color at a time to cut back on brush washing
Ignore the random junk. We still haven’t unpacked the garage, don’t judge!
And one for hanging it up.
Hanging the Barn Quilt
We wanted it to stand away from the barn to inhibit moisture retention
The base color is Behr Cream Yellow (I had 3/4 gallon left over from the living room)
The rest of the paint came from Lowes.
I bought 5 sample jars:
  • La Fonda Copper (orange)
  • Mark Twain House Grey Brick (green)
  • La Fonda Deep Blue (blue)
  • Fairmont Penthouse Garnet (burgundy)
  • Bees Wax (dark yellow)
I’ve got more than 1/2 jar left of each color, you could easily do a 2 color quilt with the same amount of paint.
My ‘quilt’ is only 4×4, my barn is only one story and an 8×8 quilt would have been monstrous! Once we put in some plants it won’t look quite so lonely.
View from the road
Like that plywood against the left side of the barn?
That’s to keep Sophia in. Some how she squeezes out of that 1.5ft space.
The total cost was around $20 for the paint, brushes and tape.
The plywood was salvaged from the turkey pen at the old house (free!)
I also got poly- sealer but the temperature tanked so I’m waiting for it to warm up out of the 30’s and I’ll seal it on the barn (but you should totally seal it before you put one out!)
Before touch up
Some tips:
  • If you use rough plywood – buy some cheap chip brushes.You’ll mangle them trying to get the paint in all the cracks
  • Thick and Sloppy is the name of the game. This board was so rough (and sucked up paint like crazy) that I found it best to slap on massive amounts of paint
  • Step back – you’ll drive yourself nuts trying to make the lines perfect. Step back 3 feet, if it looks straight leave it alone!
  • Don’t do ‘Broken Dishes’ (bottom left). I just about went cross-eyed trying to fill that in and it doesn’t stand out as well as the others from far away
  • Keep it simple! Large block of color work best at long distances
  • Don’t worry about spills. They are easy to cover up with a few dabs of paint
  • Don’t be afraid to fudge a bit if your lines don’t meet up
This is much more forgiving than an actual quilt!
I loved making this and I wish I had another barn so I could make more!


  1. I love it… have inspired me:)

  2. I love it! I’ve seen many hanging on the barns! Good job!

  3. Wow, it’s beautiful! Really nicely done.

  4. Good for you Alicia. You painted a barn quilt. It looks wonderful. You should link it up to Barn Charm at Bluff Area Daily here

  5. Gorgeous! If I had a barn, I would so want one of these.

  6. Welcome to Barn Charm! How awesome! This is the 1st barn quilt tutorial participation for Barn Charm & I’m sure everyone will love it!

    Thanks so much for joining in & linking up to this week’s Barn Charm… let us know when the temps warm up & the flowers start blooming, that’s going to be beautiful, too! =)

  7. I love all the colours. Very cleaver. – Margy

  8. Love this!
    The worst part of any project in my opinion is the prepping.

  9. glad you linked up. thank you for sharing. such a fun creative way of sharing your art. love it!! i will be linking up next week. missed out due to being in disney world. take care. (:

  10. I want to make a barn quilt so bad. We don’t have a barn, we don’t live in a rural area, but that doesn’t change my desire at all. This was helpful. Thanks. Found you via Happy Go Lucky.

  11. Love the barn quilt! Now I wish one would look good on our Victorian house! Great work! Going to start following along I look forward to seeing what ese you come up with!
    Amy @

  12. That is a great idea! Such a great pop of color to a boring gray wall.

  13. Nice work!! We have lots of Barn Quilts here in Morgan County, Colorado. I want to make one, but don’t have a barn…just a small barn shaped shed. Maybe I should make it a mini quilt. Thanks for sharing!♥♫

  14. Beautiful!

  15. This is so beautiful. I live in a small town in Nova Scotia but I am tempted to do something like this above my little shed..will pretend it’s a barn. So lovely!

  16. A super idea to play with the Farmer’s Wife blocks! We have to be neighbors – fellow NYS’er.

  17. Wow! What a cool idea! It looks great…and that’s the kind of quilting I could do…lol. Love it! Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays!

  18. Wow, That is VERY creative!!! You did a fantastic job! It looks so nice on your barn. I am your newest follower. Hope you can visit me sometime too!

  19. What a great piece! Your barn is cute and the barn quilt is the perfect addition.

  20. That is beautiful, love it you did a great job and looks so nice on the side of the barn. Enjoy your farm and hope you stay put for many years. Andi

  21. What a great project! You know, if you are really in the mood for making more, how about adding a couple more? I think they would look great on either side of this one! Love it!
    Thanks so much for joining the farmgirls at Dandelion House! Happy Painting

  22. That is beautiful and colorful too.

    Visiting for Pink Sundays- hope you can stop by:)

  23. What a wonderful idea, I love this soooo much xo

  24. I love your barn quilt……I did my mail box. It’s in the front of the spring edition of 100 quilt blocks, Special edition. I had fun doing mine. I’m thinking of getting a black mail box and paint it Amish style!

  25. Thanks for linking up @CountryMommaCooks…..hope to see you again tonight and have a wonderful weekend:)

  26. It looks great! Makes me wish I had a barn! Wonder what a small one would look like hanging on my back fence?

  27. that is just AWESOME!

  28. I love this Barn Quilt yard art idea! I’ve been wanting to do something like this to hang on the fence in the backyard so thanks for the inspiration! Pinning this now! 😀

  29. Delores Bruyette says:

    thank you Ive wanted to make one for a long time now. Im so glad you put instructions. Its how I thought of doing it but now I know. I can follow a quilt from a book if I want to. Thanks again . Beautiful job I really like it.

  30. Delores Bruyette says:

    I don’t have a barn, I going to put mine on the front of my house so everyone can see it as they drive by. I live on Route 66 and get a lot of traffic. You can put it anywhere you want to, that’s the fun of crafts. Do what feels good.


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