Pennsylvania Barn Quilts

Are you familiar with barn quilts? Trevor and I first learned about them while working on the Pennsylvania Little Passports journal, which I'll share on Monday. We kept our eyes peeled as we drove through Pennsylvania and managed to spot quite a few! (No photos due to highway speeds and rain.) It was really cool to see the different designs, patterns, and colors adorning the barns. Our family doesn't have a barn, but Trevor and I decided we could make our own barn quilts and hang them on our bedroom doors. 


Bedroom Door Barn Quilt


  • 12" square piece of chipboard (arrives with shipped scrapbook paper)
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • acrylic paint
  • paintbrush


Use your ruler to divide the chipboard into sixteen 3" squares. 

Draw lines dividing some (or all) of the squares into triangles. Most, but not all, barn quilts are symmetric. 

Choose your colors and start painting, using your lines as guides. It's easiest with a flat brush.

Continue until all the squares are painted. 

That's my barn quilt at the top of the post, ready to hang on my bedroom door. Trevor pointed out that I used a very similar palette to the last time we made quilts together. Sure enough! The patterns are very different though, even down to the fact that this is a 16-block square and the other has four 9-block squares. 

Now that Trevor is blogging, he's shared his barn quilt on his own site, Trevor's Adventures. Check it out!


  1. I love that you each made a barn quilt for your bedroom doors! Yours is fabulous! I️ am off to check Trevor’s out now.

  2. What a super fun idea for the barn quilt.

    Hugs Diane

  3. Love love love this! LOVING the colors!!!!!!!!!


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