DIY barn quilt (without the barn)

DIY barn quilt (without the barn) {Heather's Handmade Life}

Have you ever spotted a barn quilt? They’re huge wooden squares painted in simple patterns to look like an actual quilt. I haven’t seen many in person — despite living in rural Nova Scotia — but I immediately flipped for the idea. I mean, hello! I love painting and quilting, so this is pretty much a dream project for me.

One problem . . . we don’t have a barn.

I approached my handy husband about putting a barn quilt on the shed, which is technically a baby barn. I got an emphatic no.

At first I thought maybe he just didn’t understand, and promised I wouldn’t use pink or make it really flowery. Still a big no. No barn quilt, of any kind, was going to be permitted on “his” shed. Since it’s really the one area of our property I don’t decorate or organize, I decided to let it go.

I didn’t have a barn or even a shed, but I did have a pergola — the new one we built above our picnic table, which I wrote about a few weeks back. Could a pergola have a barn quilt? Sure it could!

Continue reading in my weekly DIY column, My Handmade Home … 

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2 Comments on “DIY barn quilt (without the barn)

    • Thank you, Gina! I should credit Lori (Farm Fresh Style) with this idea because hers totally inspired me! 😉

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