Archive for March, 2010

A Pair of Plates

March 27, 2010

Dresden Plates, that is. They’re both going on the same barn, one facing US131 freeway, and the other facing US10.

They’re still hanging out at the painting studio for a while, until the barn owner gets the barn painted.

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Barn quilt design

March 9, 2010

I thought I would write a little bit about the process of designing a barn quilt. First we interview the barn owner, find out if they have a family quilt they would like to use as the basis for the design. I’ll walk you throough the Schmidt quilt as an example. The late Mrs. Schmidt’s grandmother made the Blazing Star quilt c. 1930, and it is a prized family possession.

I then isolate a part of the design from the quilt, one block or more, and draw that into my EQ6 quilt design program.

The block design i
s exported to another program where I can impose it onto a picture of the barn, to let the barn owner be able to visualize the finished product.

In the case of the Schmidt barn, they had two options for placement of the block on the barn, so I sent them a file with the block placed in both positions.

Once the design and color selections are made, the design is drawn onto primed MDO board and painted with exterior trim paint.

Road trip

March 6, 2010

I took myself on a little road trip yesterday to check out some barns. Surprisingly, I took over 40 pictures, and hardly left the main road. Some good potential sites for barn quilts.