Thursday, April 15, 2010

Prairie Patchworks Materials and Construction

It occurs to me that some visitors may have some questions as to just what a Barn Quilt is!
A Barn Quilt isn't a quilt at all, in the traditional sense, so much as it is a painting of a quilt block, for outdoor display.

I have made my quilts with exterior plywood or MDO board. MDO board has been referred to as "the workhorse of the sign industry". It is a very stable plywood that has been covered with a resin paper overlay, hence, Medium Density Overlay, or MDO. It makes for a beautiful work surface. I also like the heavier wood grain look of the plywood, and so I have used both. Since these quilts are intended for outdoor use, the details such as woodgrain, tend to flatten out with just a little distance. It is not as if it is hanging in your kitchen or living room and therefore up close and personal...although I suppose it could be:)

I fill and seal the edges of the quilt, then give them 2 coats of primer, followed by 3 coats of each of the colors.

The whole process is very gratifying. Here is what one looks like "in-progress" vs. the finished product. A wonderful transformation, I think!


  1. Very fun to see. You do such beautiful work!!
    Thanks for the visit.

  2. MDO vs. Plywood. Have you noticed any differences in how these 2 materials have held up over time?

  3. We are just starting our trail and are trying to decide which to use.