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A Block is Born
On the Alcona County Quilt Trail
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A barn quilt block begins as a blank piece of plywood that is primed and painted.
A finished quilt block that will measure
8' x 8' is divided into four sections. The quilt block is not only easier to paint in sections, it is also
easier to hang.
A design is then carefully measured out
and penciled onto the
board pieces. Each piece is numbered on the back to ensure that it is hung correctly.
Painters then settle in to bring the block to life with color. Paint was generously donated by the Behr Process
Painting the quilt blocks is a fun community project in which
people of all ages take part. A block painting party is a festive occasion!
This North Star quilt block was one of several blocks
painted at White Barn Gardens on M-72, 2-1/4 miles
west of Harrisville, Michigan in July of 2008.
Once dry, the block pieces were transported to their final destination.
The frame was then laid out, and the site prepared. This quilt was hung
at Quaker Hill Farm in Harrisville, Michigan on 7-21-08.
The Quaker Farm community all turned out to watch this momentous occasion, even Mama Duck and her chicks! (Remember, you can click the image to enlarge it!)
Once the frame was in place, it was time to hang the block pieces.
The first block was the easiest to install. Onlookers wanted to cheer! Each quilt block piece was hand carried up the
ladder and put into place by Bill Makela.
The second block went up without a hicth.
Block three went up well - we were thankful that it was not a breezy day!
As soon as block number four was in place, we exhaled with relief!
A job well done! Thanks Bill!