Painting a Barn Quilt Block (part one)

On numerous occasions, we have enjoyed traveling the breathtaking, winding roads of West Virginia, to see picturesque country landscape scenes along the Barn Quilt Trail. Last fall my husband asked, “What do you want for your birthday?”

I replied, “A barn quilt”. Neither one of us knew how to go about getting one. I’ve heard of them selling for up to $800. I considered painting one but was unsure about what products to use. I wanted to be sure my barn quilt would last after spending all that time painting and didn’t want to attempt making one until researching the correct products to use.

Recently, I heard about a Barn Quilt Painting Class at our local art center.  Not one to dally, I signed up immediately. The teacher, Bonnie Schropshire, traveled from North Carolina for the class.  She was a great instructor and I still can’t believe she drew our quilt block pattern for us before class!

It was great fun to see the progress of my fellow students’ work. I have taken many classes but the camaraderie among those in this class was extra special. Most students were quilters and we all had something in common—everyone had been trying to figure out how to get their hands on a barn quilt they could call their own.

The chattering ladies planned and talked about a future “barn quilt trail progressive dinner” visiting each other’s homes and seeing our barn quilts hung in all their splendor and glory.

I think you will enjoy the following photos portraying students’ color schemes and barn quilt blocks created by these talented ladies.

IMG_20140416_022205Educational and Gallery Programming Director of the JAX painting her barn quilt block.







Enjoy the teacher’s spectacular class samples below. IMG_20140416_023127

IMG_20140416_022642Did you notice how the teacher outlined her blocks?  It really added a nice touch to finishing out the quilt block.

IMG_20140416_023000I hope you have enjoyed this post.  On my next blog post, you will see the process of painting my barn quilt.


5 thoughts on “Painting a Barn Quilt Block (part one)

  1. Quiltmouse says:

    Beautiful work by all! Don’t see too many barn quilts in the DC area, but have see some in our travels. Can’t wait to see yours!!

  2. Jeff hirko says:

    Hello. We have a non profit group and would love to do barn quilt classes as a fundraiser. Any information you can supply would be great, we are in bucks county pa. Thank you jeff hirko . Chairman Patterson farm preservation inc.

    • Hi Jeff,
      I would suggest calling the Jacksonville Center for the Arts (540-745-2784) in Floyd, VA and ask for Leia Thompson Wood. She works there and took the barn quilt class with me. She could probably give you the teachers contact info. Maybe the teacher would be willing to share the type of specialty wood and paint to use when painting a barn quilt. Maybe the teacher would travel to your area to teach a class. She does travel and teach classes.

  3. Marna Murphy says:

    What are you dealing them with to withstand the elements?
    Marna in Kansas

  4. Glenda Stone says:

    What did your teacher use to outline her barn quilts in white? Maybe a white paint marker?

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