Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Barn Blocks - Lady of the Lake

Planning stage - I'm GOING to paint quilt blocks on our Barn/Garage.  We call the garage "the barn" as both of us have some country background.

This design is 4 blocks of "Lady of the Lake" - many years ago, I sailed a LOT!  

2 quarts of quality Latex semi-gloss house paint and a large roll of Painter's tape = $44.00!~  Yikes! Oh Well, I'm on a ROLLLLLL!  I started Saturday, finished on Wednesday morning.  

Here is my first, and only mistake.  I admit - I did NOT listen to DH.  But I also didn't want to make holes in the barn/garage, and decided to paint my blocks on the siding -- not the best idea. 

Background is blue/periwinkle - don't you just love that word?  

You use more tape than you think - have a friend or husband hand you the tape pieces.  I needed 2 coats of each color.  You cannot tape it all at one time, but must stagger some of the lines.  The painting didn't take much time - but there were many trips back and forth.


It was impossible to paint with the sun glare. I had to paint very early and then later in the day

I needed a small makeshift scaffold to paint the higher parts.   The chair is used after weeding or watering petunias!  LOL


OK, (below) here is what happens when painting on siding.  No matter how hard I pressed the painters tape, some ooched out under it.  I tried pouncing the paint with a sponge brush instead of strokes, but it didn't help.  Oh great - my enthusiasm is waning!  I should/coulda/woulda painted it on a smooth piece of plywood and hung the sign, and made holes in the barn/garage siding.  Too late now.
 

I missed taping a few triangles (easier than you think!), and had to re-do several times, but the most time-consuming was "fixing" the paint ooching.  I should also have purchased a bit of barn/garage paint, as it ooched under  the taped edge, and onto the siding where I didn't want it.  Uh ohhh, none of that paint left.  DH gave me a good chisel brush, very fine, for fixing the final touch-ups. Since he was my official tape dispenser, he decided to get in the act!  Smarty pants!


 All done.  This is the view as we come and go, in and out of the barn/garage.  Happy DAY!

17 comments:

Janet O. said...

Well, it may not have gone as smoothly as you would have liked, but I love the results!

Linda said...

It looks terrific!
Linda in Southern Illinois

Karen said...

Looks great. One trick for taping is once it's taped seal the edges of the tape with the background colour. In this case the white. Then the green can't bleed underneath. Karen

Helen in the UK said...

Looks brilliant and is a fun touch! Sounds like it was a lot of hard work though :)

patchuli said...

It`s a very good idea, please come to my barn and make it !!! :-))
Suzan from the North of Germany near Denmark

~Joan said...

Good for you for trying such a hard design and persevering. But that's what we quilters do, huh?

It looks amazing! Just like a quilt...if you're close enough to see a mistake, you're too close!

Beautifully executed.

Vic in NH said...

Oh, now that it is done it looks so wonderful! And how precious that your Husband Wonderful helped out, too! Good job, Elaine!

Ruth said...

I love it! Great idea to put it on your garage "barn!" I bet it just makes you happy whenever you see it.

Bonnie said...

Yea! It looks great. Having been painting a big space recently I know how frustrated you must have been with the leaking tape. But just seeing it everyday will make you smile! Good job.

Nancy quiltin' momma said...

I love it!! My hubby and I purchased a board last winter for me to paint my first published quilt block on so that we can hang it on the front porch! You did a fantastic job!!!

Jen said...

I want to do this when I own my own garage/barn someday. I love how you painted it right on the siding. It looks great!!

Gypsy Quilter said...

It certainly looks good from here!

Lindah said...

It looks great! Beautiful! I can just imagine how you will enjoy seeing it as you come and go.

KaHolly said...

Elaine, it's awesome, and I don't use that word lightly!! Well done! I have a shed that looks like a barn. I've been imagining a quilt block above those double doors. You just may have given me the nudge I need to get it done!

Kathleen Wilson said...

Great job! I have been working with a group to paint 4 barn quilts. They are using 4x4 and 8x8 ft panels. Even on flat panels the paint bled through plus peeled off the paint already on. Yours looks great.

suz said...

looks adorable - great work!

Purple Pam said...

Wonderful! What a fun thing to do.