Design Wall Monday…..with a twist………

The “twist” part is in the definition of ‘wall’. Today’s version is not what’s on it but that it is the wall! To be clearer, it’s wood with a quilt block as the design. For those who are familiar with the term “Barn Quilt”, this is not a new term but, for those not acquainted, let me explain. “Barn Quilts” are square (usually) pieces of exterior (again, usually) appropriate material (wood, metal, composite) that is painted (using exterior appropriate paints) in a quilt block design and hung so as to be viewed by a passer-by. It may be on a house, garage, barn or, in this case, a shed.

  Since arriving here, this IMG_5150 

has been changed to this….

    IMG_5555 and it’s just begging for some ‘sprucing up’!! So, here’s the “blank canvas” area just waiting………….IMG_5553 for a little attention! The drying lines are on the back and the area to the right of the “wind screen” (a must down here!) will be perfect (I think….. unless we swap the two…LOL!)

The idea I’m working on is a “Mariner’s Compass” quilt block and had this humble beginning…. IMG_5552  The colors/paints used will be the same as the window/flower box………IMG_5479  First, paint the board and transfer the design……….. IMG_5545IMG_5544 IMG_5543 

Next, tape and paint………….. IMG_5547  Believe it or not…..this is the lighter red that’s on the window-box! Wait a bit (few hours), 2nd paint coat and remove the tape………….. IMG_5551  Now, you are able to get a better idea of where this is going. The darker burgundy will be next (later today) and the 2-tones of green will finish the secondary points. Stay tuned………….


Grab a cuppa and visit this link to see how my home county (Houston County,MN) has developed this idea into an area-wide self-guided tour!


Note: Click on any photo to enlarge it.


About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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9 Responses to Design Wall Monday…..with a twist………

  1. Hmmm, I have a shed. We are currently building a new deck, but maybe this idea will take flight to my house too! Thank you again for all the times you inspire me!

  2. Amazing how you (DH?) transformed that shed exterior. And the quilt will be perfect. You continue to impress me with your creative ideas and talent.

  3. JoAnn Lee says:

    Love the colors.

    • treadlemusic says:

      Look familiar???? All but the dark teal, maybe. I have another idea for a project using that paint……but it just doesn’t seem to be going down!!!!!! (Kinda like a quilter’s stash!)

  4. Thread crazy says:

    Aww, that’s going to be awesome, especially on the same colors as flower box. There are a few quilt signs on barns out in country, but few and far between. I’m sure not anything like up in MN.

  5. KerryCan says:

    Cool! I’d love to see this trend spread and spread! Looking forward too seeing your progress!

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