It sure has taken me a long time to get one though. ;-)
Here's the story...
15 months ago, on the evening of November 11, 2015, Benjamin was two days shy of being two months old. And on that evening, Jeff began to draw out a pattern for our barn quilt on a piece of wood he had purchased for this project. I had admired barn quilts for some time before this and had searched online for a pattern, admiring dozens and finally choosing one that especially caught my eye. On July 7, 2015, I pasted a picture of it into a Google Doc; but it wasn't until November 11 that we got to work. "We," meaning Jeff, but that's a given. :)
We weren't exactly sure what colors we would use, and we didn't have the paint. In fact, we weren't confident about what kind of paint would be best. From time to time, I looked at the board and wanted to make progress on it. From time to time, we talked about what the best way to do the next step would be. But most of the time, the board simply took up space, half-forgotten, never-focused-on, just waiting. Until...
December 13 of 2016 - We began to paint, using some old paint leftover from when our bedroom was painted. Why it took me this long to dive in, I'm not exactly sure. One of the mysteries of life, I suppose. ;-)
...December 23, when I bought myself a pre-Christmas present. :)
...January 18, 2017, the day Josiah, David, and I were gone most of the afternoon and all of the evening, getting registered and helping to set up for the speech and debate tournament that was kicking off early the next morning. Before we left the house, we had talked about the colors I had marked on the board, Jeff had gotten out the painter's tape, and he had opened the can of green paint.
And then I departed, grateful that Jeff was working on this project that I had put off so long, but not expecting astonishing results. It takes time, after all, to put on the tape, paint a section, then let it dry before taping off another section and doing it all over again. With adjoining sections like this barn quilt had, there was no way to proceed very quickly with the process!
Or was there?
Jeff started texting me pictures; and each time a new one came in, my jaw dropped.
Huh. It sure looks perfect to me!!!!! :)
It's not quite done. We still need to get some kind of sealant (I have no idea what I'm talking about) to paint over everything to protect the wood and the paint, and then we need to hang it in its place of honor on the side of our woodshed. Any guesses about how many more months it will be until we finish that? ;-)