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    Super Member mimee4's Avatar
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    I like the tin stars that are put on the outside of houses. However I would like to be diifferent and put a tin quilt block on my house instead. Has anyone seen anything like that? :?:

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    A long time ago on one of our trips to Amish Country in PA, my dad bought these round things that had sort of quilt patterns on them. He attached them to our trailer.
    I'm sure you could probably make one. Then attach it to a piece of wood and attach it to your house. Then when it got REALLY dirty, you could change the block.

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    LOL yeah they are Amish Hex signs. They are all over here. Each one means something different and do resemble quilts sometimes. Look at this site.

    http://www.bigbhive.com/hex.html They really are interesting. I had a fertility Hex over my bed for years. It didn't work. But they are pretty. Mimee4 if you need one and can't find it let me know. I will look locally.

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    Yea, those are them!
    I don't remember the designs we had...was so long ago

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    Those signs are so pretty, they are on all the barns, What a great idea!

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    Way back in the 80s, I did some tinsmithing and made stuff out of tin cans, copper, and aluminum flashing. You need to leave extra space for seams, because you double fold them, then hammer them down. you can also punch designs in the metal for candleholders and such. It's fun, but lots of sharp edges to be aware of.

    I think the only problems you may run into with outside use will come from oxidation - rusty stains will be hard to paint over in the future. Deoending on where you live, you may want to protect your quilt block with a polyurethene or spar varnish. Sounds like a great project - we'll be looking for pictures!

    Another thought on weatherfastness - Home Depot carries fascia in white and dark brown around here, and if you have a tin roof supplier, there are beautiful colors available. I think I've seen some other likely ingredients at Tractor Supply.

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    I've never seen those hex designs before, and I think they are really decorative. The idea of a quilt block is charming too. I have a weather vane in the form of a lacemaker that was a birthday present years ago. My DH commissioned it from a metal worker near where we lived at the time. I don't have it on the chimney, as I would only be able to see it when I was coming home. Instead, it's on the garage, that I can see from my kitchen window.

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    Great idea, especially to have the chance to change it.

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    Everyone is so helpful. Thank you for all the ideas. When I finally get this done, I'll take a photo and share.

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    On our recent trip to Myrtle Beach from Indiana, I saw several quilt block signs on houses and barns. They must be available somewhere.

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