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Friday, June 22, 2012

A Painters Quilt

In the mountains of western North Carolina there is a wonderful
movement to place quilt patterns on old barns across the landscape.  These are painted and
range in size from 8 feet x 8 feet to a smaller 2' x 2' depending on their placement.
Artists recreate some of the vintage patterns and tie them into the wishes of the landowners.
Sometimes folks want a custom pattern that reflects their family or lifestyle.
It was the latter that inspired me to see if I could create a pattern of my own.
You may remember my grid and planning I did killing time on an airplane:
I had decided to use the shapes of wine bottle and birds as those represent two of our
favorite deck 'activities.'  Everything must be gridded as if you were to plan
a pattern for straight line pieceing of materials.
Next I had to transfer this pattern to a canvas carefully marking off a similar grid and sticking to the formula.  The pink color has nothing to do with my was paint used to
cover up a painting-gone-awry so I could recycle the expensive canvas.  I painted in the "muslin" color to get me started in visualizing where I was going with color.
Slowly and carefully I painted in each square, or portion thereof, and later I went back and did some of the background "fabric" in a slightly different tone just so it would have the look of cloth.
Obviously my canvas was not square so I had to fill it in and write the name of our home as well as the name I gave the pattern on the space below.  It took about 2-3 coats of paint over everything.
And ta-da!  It's not on a barn for sure but it is in the mountains of western Carolina.
I think we will enjoy knowing that our "Bottles & Birds" can be added
to the quilt our neighborhood at least.


  1. SO perfect, Cindy. I love it! Such a lovely depiction of your "life on the veranda" up here. Can't wait to see the quilt tour in person.

  2. Is this a photo of your porch? Personally I think this photo is a painting waiting to happen!

  3. Yep, that's the porch, or veranda or deck or on a beautiful day: my living room. Hmmm, it could be a painting! Thanks guys.

  4. What a wonderful idea, Cindy!!! Really brings me back home. (I'm a transplant to Wyoming, living most of my life in Arkansas.) Quilts say so much about our life and heritage. Your painting is beautiful and perfect on your porch!!!

  5. They ARE like old journals Gail, I appreciate you reminding me of that. Thanks.


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