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 …
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
Chalk Finish Paint in desired color
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.
I use disposable cups to elevate painted or stained wood while it dries so none gets on my work surface.
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.
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.
It worked like a charm!
Here they are all finished.
And here they are up close.
The Martha Washington block …
The Bear Paw block …
And the Ohio Star block …
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.
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. 🙂
These are fast and easy to finish and would make inexpensive gifts too.
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.