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Off the Beaten Path: Barn Quilts

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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.

















 

 

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