The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Make a Farmhouse Barn Quilt Block Sign with Step-by-Step Tutorial

Do you remember when I wanted a barn quilt, but I soaked in my bathtub while my son drew all the painting lines for me?

And do you remember the time I had to patch 100 screw holes in my kitchen because I had drilled so many screws into the walls?

Both of those stories illustrate something I’m embarrassed to admit …

     I can be kind of lazy.

But sometimes laziness pays off when I figure out an easier way to do things because of it.

I wanted to make some indoor quilt blocks to hang in my kitchen.

My son is away at college now, so I couldn’t have him figure out all those tricky lines for me.

I decided to get smart and design stencils that would make the job so much easier and faster.

No measuring and taping off lines or pulling my hair out over geometry angles.

And here’s how I did it …

The Lazy Girl's Guide: How to Make Farmhouse Barn Quilt Block Signs with Knick of Time's Vintage Sign Stencils | www.knickoftime.net

How to make your own Farmhouse Quilt Block Signs – the EASY way!

Supplies Needed (affiliate links included for the products I used):

Quilt Block Stencils (links to purchase at the end)

12″ wide board (at least 36″ long for all three quilt signs)

stencil foam roller or stencil brush

Early American Wood Stain

Chalk Finish Paint in desired color

matte finish spray sealer

chalk paint and wax brushes

Command Strips

paper towels

1. Cut a 12″ wide board into 12″ lengths for each quilt sign (12″x 12″ each).

2. Paint or stain each block and let dry.

3.  Position quilt block stencil in the center of wood block and tape in place.

4. Put paint on your stencil brush or roller, then offload most of the paint onto paper towels.

5.  With a very dry brush or roller, paint over the stencil on the wood block and let dry.

6.  Attach Command Strips and you’re DONE!

If you only plan to make one quilt block, cut your wood into 12″ x 12″squares.  To make all three quilt blocks, you’ll need a board that is at least 36″ long, but I bought a 6-foot board so I could make an extra block.  I knew I’d use the excess wood for another project.  I asked the man at the home improvement store to cut the three 12″ square blocks for me, since it’s a free service.

The Lazy Girl's Guide to Make a Farmhouse Barn Quilt Block Sign | Step by Step Tutorial | www.knickoftime.net

I use disposable cups to elevate painted or stained wood while it dries so none gets on my work surface.

The Lazy Girl's Guide to Make a Farmhouse Barn Quilt Block Sign | Step by Step Tutorial | www.knickoftime.net

Because I’m lazy and hate measuring, I just “eyeballed” getting the stencil centered on the wood blocks, then used painter’s tape to keep them in place.  If you’re more of a perfectionist that I am, you may want to measure to make sure it’s centered.

The Lazy Girl's Guide to Make a Farmhouse Barn Quilt Block Sign | Step by Step Tutorial | www.knickoftime.net

Normally I use stencil brushes, but I opted to use a roller this time.  After adding paint to the roller, I just rolled most of it off onto a paper towel so it wouldn’t bleed under the stencils.

The Lazy Girl's Guide to Make a Farmhouse Barn Quilt Block Sign | Step by Step Tutorial | www.knickoftime.net

It worked like a charm!

The Lazy Girl's Guide to Make a Farmhouse Barn Quilt Block Sign | Step by Step Tutorial | www.knickoftime.net

Here they are all finished.

The Lazy Girl's Guide to Make a Farmhouse Barn Quilt Block Sign | Step by Step Tutorial | www.knickoftime.net

And here they are up close.

The Martha Washington block …

How to Make Farmhouse Barn Quilt Block Wall Hangings with Knick of Time's Vintage Sign Stencils | www.knickoftime.net

The Bear Paw block …

How to Make Farmhouse Barn Quilt Block Wall Hangings with Knick of Time's Vintage Sign Stencils | www.knickoftime.net

And the Ohio Star block …

How to Make Farmhouse Barn Quilt Block Wall Hangings with Knick of Time's Vintage Sign Stencils | www.knickoftime.net

I used red and white paint on this block.  So you can see they can be made with any combination of paint colors, instead of staining the wood.

Just paint a base color and choose a coordinating color to paint over the stencil.

The Lazy Girl's Guide: How to Make Farmhouse Barn Quilt Block Signs with Knick of Time's Vintage Sign Stencils | www.knickoftime.net

I removed the sign I made for Thanksgiving and hung these in its place.

 …without making a single screw hole in the wall!

I may be lazy, but at least I finally got smart. 🙂

The Lazy Girl's Guide: How to Make Farmhouse Barn Quilt Block Signs with Knick of Time's Vintage Sign Stencils | www.knickoftime.net

These are fast and easy to finish and would make inexpensive gifts too.

The Lazy Girl's Guide: How to Make Farmhouse Barn Quilt Block Signs with Knick of Time's Vintage Sign Stencils | www.knickoftime.net

SAVE $10 – Purchase all 3 quilt stencils  HERE.

Purchase Martha Washington quilt block stencil HERE.

Purchase Bear Paw quilt block stencil HERE.

Purchase Ohio Star quilt block stencil HERE.

See all Vintage Sign Stencil projects HERE.

See the entire collection of Vintage Sign Stencils HERE.

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Vaya con Dios,

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Comments

  1. These are beautiful, Angie! Lovely patterns!

  2. Love how these turned out! Such a great idea and make beautiful wall art!

  3. Oh man! I love these! I have to add this to my “projects to do” list. 😀

  4. Your wall art looks so nice!

    You may have a post on it already, but I would love to know how you did the white shelf with the ironwork! It is fabulous!!

  5. These are so neat! My mom quilts, so these instantly reminded me of her. Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday.

  6. Your quilt blocks are awesome, Angie! I just love how they turned out.

  7. I LOVE these! What a great idea. I’m way more comfortable working with wood and paint than I am sewing, so this would make an awesome project for me. Thanks for sharing:)

  8. These are awesome, Angie! Pinned ☺

  9. Those are great. I miss my Ohio Barns with all the beautiful designs. Will have to find a place to put these soon!

  10. That’s about the only kind of quilting I would do! Thanks for sharing!

  11. They turned out gorgeous!!!

  12. This is really pretty, simple and looks easy. Love it! Pinning and sharing.

  13. So pretty! very creative and has so many possibilities. I can be done on tables and all,
    Maria

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