Saturday, February 27, 2016

Ohio Bed and Breakfast Re-Purposed Shutters and Patchwork

I, the quilter and proprietor of the Ohio Amish Country, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast in Millersburg, Ohio, have re-purposed antique shutters with a framed patchwork primitive horse quilt block inspired by an antique weather vane. For an interesting wall feature, I joined two colonial-era shutters with hand-wrought hinges and dry brush painted them with an off-white paint. I use these shutters to feature seasonal decor.

Quilted Primitive Horse Block

I design my own patchwork with whatever inspires me.  This block is made of 100% cotton except for the horse, which was cut from hand-dyed wool.  The tail and mane are made with some type of yard that has hair-like characteristics, something I picked up at a shop, some time in my past.

 To create interest, I like to incorporate geometric and curved elements in my patchwork as well as embellish with embroidery or dimensional applique.

Weather Vane Quilt Block

For additional interest, I always use a combination of light, medium, and dark colored-fabric, and I like to use one fabric that is larger in scale.  It is fun to incorporate a fabric that has writing on it or something of interest.  Keep in mind that contrast can be achieved with the use of complimentary colors.  Here, a red-orange triangle compliments the greens in the block.

This 12" block (plus 1/4" on each side) fits perfectly in a shadowbox frame that I purchased at Michael's.  This frame has the capability of adjustment to whatever depth you desire, and is perfect for dimensional patchwork blocks.

The frame was white, which I sprayed with Rust-Oleum brand
Camouflage 2x Ultra Cover spray paint, which has the capability of bonding to plastic. It is a flat paint with a non-reflective finish, which I picked up at my local Walmart.

If you have occasion to visit Holmes County, Ohio, plan to stop by the Millersburg, Ohio,  Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast to view rooms and some of the creative works.  Here at the barn, we serve a full country breakfast with each night's stay, and each morning I share an information orientation to the area and/or announce special events taking place.

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
February 27, 2016

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