Quilting: The Art of Necessity
“Early settlers could not afford to simply discard things when they wore out; necessity required they carefully use their resources. Therefore, when blankets became worn, they were patched, combined with other blankets, or used as filler between other blankets.”
– Quilting in America
I have always loved a good quilt.
When I was younger, our family knew an older couple who owned a set of cabins in the woods of Wisconsin. From what I remembered, the couple had a little shop with wares the wife had made like handmade quilts. As a young girl, I was impressed. I can’t imagine how I would feel about it now, “I’ll take one of everything please!”.
Our family didn’t have a lot of money, but one year I got one of her quilts. I loved that quilt! For along time, it went with me everywhere I would go. I completely wore the thing out.
What I wouldn’t give to have that quilt now.
DIY WOOD QUILT WALL ART
Since the origin of quilts was to make use of scraps, it seemed only fitting to use wood scraps in a similar fashion.
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- Wood Scraps
- Wood Glue
- Large Cardboard
- Miter Saw
- Square (for drawing it out)
- Ruler, like this one
- Tape Measure
- Good Eraser
- Sqaure (for marking cuts)
- Leftover White Paint
- Favorite Stain
- Here is a stain processed we used for a reclaimed wood look.
- Loved this PICKLING WASH in various colors
- Paint Brush
NOTE – In addition to the scraps on hand, a few fence boards were purchased to make the quilt. Since most supplies used we had and/or was scraps, this project was less than $10.
BUILDING A DIY WOOD QUILT WALL ART
But first a little info: I purchased a cow picture, and almost instantly just knew it wasn’t for me. I thought if the Mister would jazz it up, with a frame, and I with some paint, it would be better. It wasn’t. I am not anti-cow so save your angry comment.lol. There was just no originality for me, and you know I love me some uniqueness. Sooooooo, that’s what brought us here. The fun part of this project, was trying to make the wood quilt fit the frame, and by fun I mean no fun! Make your frame to fit your quilt – not the other way around.
- On a piece of large cardboard, draw out the design of your DIY Wood Quilt Wall Art design. Tip – You will want to pick similar size thickness in your wood pieces.
- Now that the quilt shape is drawn out, mark the colors, in each section, so you create the visual pattern you like.
- Paint/stain any boards if needed and let dry.
- Using miter saw, cut pieces as needed.
- Lay out pieces, as you go, so you can ensure everything is fitting together.
- Once all pieces have been cut, glue wood pieces to the cardboard or just to each other; whichever you prefer. Let dry.
- Now is the time to build your frame around your wood quilt. You can do this be screwing or gluing the pieces together as you like.
Now, this piece is swoon worthy!