Cabin Quilts

When Jack and I bought our house the skirting of the deck was covered in rough boards that had a lot of very dry bark on the edges.  Neither of us really liked it, but we didn’t know what we wanted to do with it.  A couple of years ago we had a lot of fires in Colorado and we became more focused on reducing the risk of our house burning if there was a fire in our area.   That made us want to get rid the skirting even more.  We thought about it for a while and decided that we would use corrugated metal to replace the wood.  It would serve two purposes…it would give us a different look and it would be less flammable than the wood that was on there.

We put the metal on, but then it

just looked like an awful lot of  bright silver.  Jack dulled it down a little, which helped, but it was still a lot of silver.  One day while I was driving home from work I thought about barn quilts that I had seen in other areas of the country and how much I liked them.  It seemed that we could use that idea and just make them on a smaller scale.  I’m all about bright colors and things that look different from what everyone else has, so this seemed like a great way to incorporate some individuality while downplaying the metal.

Jack brought home some plywood and four colors of exterior paint.  He cut the plywood into 3′ x 3′ and 4′ x 4′ squares for me and then I got to work.  I had found some ideas for quilt squares that I liked, so first I primed the plywood and then I drew lines for my patterns on the wood.  I used a small brush to outline the design and then filled in with a larger brush.  It didn’t take too long to do each one and it was a fun project.  We mounted these on the front of the deck and they really do break up the look of the metal.

Once I had all of the plywood quilt squares done, Jack thought about making one on corrugated metal.  It sounded like another good idea and we agreed that we wanted to use the metal to paint the state flag for Colorado on.  I wasn’t sure about painting on the metal, but it was relatively easy.  We mounted the flag on the side of our shed so you can see it as you drive past our house and also as soon as you drive into our yard.

I love the way our “cabin quilts” turned out.  They’re pretty and colorful and we’ve received a lot of very positive comments from the neighbors.  

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