Build a Rustic Barn Quilt

Add country charm to your landscape or home with this DIY project for a piece of colorful quilt-pattern art.

| Winter 2019


A hand-crafted barn quilt adds country charm to the outside of a home.

Back in college, I missed home terribly. I went to college to study agriculture in one of the largest cities in my state. My decorative style definitely didn’t fit the confines of the 800-square-foot apartment I shared with my roommate, mainly because I couldn’t turn it into a barn! Missing home was a definite drawback to college living, until I found a piece of art —
a barn quilt — that made me feel a little more at home in the big city.

I’d heard of barn quilts, but I never really thought of them as anything more than a giant piece of wood that hung on a barn. That is, until I saw some 1-foot-square barn quilts at the local farmers market. They were a small reminder of the country life I knew and loved, and they could easily fit on my apartment wall. Then and there, I decided I wanted one. However, the price tag didn’t sit well with my college budget, so I left the farmers market empty-handed, sure that I’d never own one because of the price, and knowing I could never make one because my artistic abilities sit right there with my ability to do backflips on a balance board — meaning not good.

Then my amazing boyfriend (now husband) stepped in. Being an engineer, he never buys anything pre-made. From kitchen cabinets to barn quilts, he can make it all. Hearing of my plight, he set about making me a barn quilt for Christmas — and I’ll tell you, it was better to unwrap than any diamond!

After we had officially hung my quilt, he took it upon himself to teach me that all you have to do to make a barn quilt is draw a straight line. So, if you can draw a straight line — with the help of a ruler, of course — then you, too, can make a barn quilt.



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