Tuesday, April 29, 2008

painting quilts



Looking back, it has been about six months ago when I first had the idea to paint a quilt square on a barn, like these in Tennessee.

I decided it would be a fun project for the grandkids and I to tackle. We scouted out the area (yard) and decided that the tractor shed was the best place for our gallery.



Instead of painting directly onto the shed, it would be easier to paint individual wood squares, so of course all we had to do was ask our resident master carpenter to come up with some wood. He salvaged some very nice pieces from his job, which he brought home, cut to size, and sanded all ready for us. Thanks, Grandpa Buddy!



The girls each picked out a quilt square to paint. Madison picked the pinwheel. Together we figured out how to transfer the pattern to the 36 inch wood square. She used tools from the shop, tape measure and T-square and carpenter's pencil, to measure and draw the lines for squares and angles. She said, "This is like math, isn't it? But that's okay, I like math."



Then came the fun part. Our daughter, Melissa, loves to decorate and redecorate her home, and knows that paint is the fastest and most economical way to do that, so she has lots of pieces of paint cans at her house. We raided her storage room and came up with some good colors.



This project will take more than a few days, but we got a good start on it yesterday! Looking forward to seeing what the other girls come up with, and of course the final Barn Shed gallery.

~photos of Madison 28 April 2008 at the shop

~photo barn quilt from
Sac County, Iowa: Smidt Barn, 3581 Union Ave., Lake View, Road to Paradise, Painted by Sac City art students



9 comments:

SandyQuilts said...

What a great idea. I might mention it to my GC. We don't have a barn (farm) but we do have a barn storage building. Thanks.

Pam said...

Too much fun! Can't wait to see the finished product. Grands are so much fun no matter what it is going on!

Pam@
www.pamgwillim.com

Gypsy Quilter said...

What a wonderful project!

June said...

Looks like it's going to be a good looking addition to America's collection! I know you've already visited today, but come again...you have an award waiting for you...

Laurie & Chris said...

That is a really neat idea. It looks great.

jellyhead said...

Susan, you are so innovative and energetic! Your grandkids must think you are SO much fun to be with.

Looking forward to seeing the final pictures!

Byron said...

Awesome! Can't wait to see the finished product.

bluemountainmama said...

i love seeing these on barns.... can't wait to see the finished product!

andsewitis Holly said...

I love this idea. How fun that you are doing it with the grandkids. Be sure to show us a picture when it's done.