As my husband and I spruce up a 100-year-old barn, I’ve set my sights on the patio area. As we make this area functional for our family, I also want to make it pretty.
So, I decided to add outdoor artwork in the space. I think these vinyl barn quilts add a lot of charm.
If you aren’t familiar with barn quilts, they are very common in parts of the Midwest where I live. I think my favorite part of these versions is that the designs and colors feel very modern and graphic. But the squares also feel homespun and rural Americana.
It’s the perfect addition to our old barn.
Here’s how you can make your own.
- Start by painting 12 x 12 inch fiberboard squares white. (Mine were cut by my husband, but you can also pick up square boards in the woodworking section of the craft store.)
- Tape off the edges and fill in the center with gray paint..
- Choose your favorite barn quilt squares from the options available in the Silhouette Online Store. I chose four favorites out of eight available.
- Size the shapes to fit your board. I wanted it to be smaller in the center – about a 9 inch square. (This also corresponded with the width of my 9 inch vinyl).
- To use two colors of vinyl, ungroup each square and pull out the elements you will create in each color. You can also delete the background square, which is unnecessary with the board as a background. (Tip: Once I decided which color each part would be, I grouped them again to make it easier to arrange and cut.)
- Arrange the shapes in a row (see below) so you can cut each color of vinyl together. (Tip: I don’t even take my vinyl off the roll. I simply load it without a mat and let it pull it in my Silhouette Portrait off the roll.)
- Once cut, I used transfer paper to apply the shapes to the center of each board. Once both colors are applied, the squares take the look of a pieced quilt square.