Once a pattern is edged in adhesive, he applies lots of paint.
"I do use four coats of each color," says quilt designer, Darrell Roorda. "It gets it thick enough so it will last a lot longer while it's exposed to the elements outside."
Darrell is a retired farmer and an architectural draftsmen. His studio is in the basement where he uses a T-square, triangle and other drafting tools to draw patterns on graph paper, then traces the design onto plywood.
"I'm just in my own little world, enjoying it," says Roorda. "Before this I did jigsaw puzzles and that was my winter project."
After spending several years assembling more than two dozen boxes of the pictures made up of jagged interlocking pieces, Darrell decided to spread his creative talents onto a larger canvas.
"On the small areas I use a sponge brush and it goes on quite smoothly," says Roorda.
Darrell has completed seven larger than life barn quilts, including one for a chicken coop and now his wife Emmy says neighbors want a piece of this plywood folk art.
"They all think it's really cool and they all would like one," says Darrell's wife, Emmy Roorda.
Since it appears winter will be lasting a little longer than normal, Darrell might just accept a few orders from his friends.
Maybe it will give people a smile as they go by, it might lighten their day, who knows, it's something uplifting.
So even if the weather stays cold, Darrell intends to take the edge off frigid temperatures by spread a warmth, comfort, and joy.... one brush stroke at a time.
Sunday, March 9 2014 12:06 AM EST2014-03-09 05:06:58 GMT
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points. Followed by Minot with 323 points. North Fargo took home 3rd place overall at 297 points. West
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points.
Sunday, March 9 2014 12:04 AM EST2014-03-09 05:04:37 GMT
The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set. On the girls side Bismarck High won the tournament with a 64 to 61 win over Century. Both
The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set.
Sunday, March 9 2014 12:04 AM EST2014-03-09 05:04:04 GMT
The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks. Fargo Oak Groves defeated Rugby 68 to 58 in overtime fashion. North Star defeated the Lions from Linton-HMB 60 to 49 in the
The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks.
Sunday, March 9 2014 12:00 AM EST2014-03-09 05:00:06 GMT
Chair-lifts were packed and tube runs were full, as hundreds of families enjoyed a day at the Bottineau Winter Park. But Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening
Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening of Annie's House, a new ski-lodge and adaptive center.
Evangelist Franklin Graham prayed on a sidewalk outside the Pentagon Thursday after his invitation to a prayer service inside was withdrawn because of comments that insulted people of other religions. More>>
NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota! If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them.
NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota! If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them. Me-TV North Dakota will also play a replay on the Evening and Night Report at 11:30pm Monday-Friday. As well as, local news and weather updates throughout the day.