"On the plains of Oklahoma, with a windshield sunset in your eyes like a watercolor painted sky, you'd think heavens doors have opened."
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Sunday, March 21, 2010

First Draft of the Barn Art Quilt Completed

I spent a good part of the day holed up in my sewing room working on my barn quilt.  There was one spot that I had decided I would just "wing it" on before I ever even cut out the pattern.  That was a mistake.  That two inch square area was what took about 5 hours to stitch, rip, restructure, re-rip, etc.  The rest was easy.  I decided to not mess with the windows on the side of the barn although that would have looked more interesting.  I will save that for a project that I do after I am more proficient. 
Recall that I used this as my model:

And here is the quilt:

The contrast between the blue and the neutral in the sky is more extreme than I want and looks either like mountains or sunrays or an explosion or something.  If I had to do it over again, I wouldn't use the neutrals in the sky - I'd stick with a number of shades of blue.    But I would still use a patchy background rather than something flat.  Actually, there is a blue fabric on the upper righthand side (Stonehenge by Northcott) that  I can see using for all of the sky because it has so much texture in it, on its own. 

This project contains an uneasy mixture of symbolic (the trees), artsy (the sky), and a stab at realistic (the barn). I don't even know what to call the yard other than weird.   The yard needs to be softer where the colors change.   I will probably redo it wth softer colors.  It wouldn't be hard, at all, because I can really just go with a sort of patchy look like the sky (only this time I wouldn't do such extreme mixes).

All in all, I am very happy with it. 

And look at THIS!!!

My darling daughters (two natural, one brought into the family by my wise son) are taking a knitting class, together.  They sent a picture of their home work!   I am not sure why they all used the same color unless the instructor told them to or they were going cheap on yarn.  Going cheap would come naturally for at least two of them.  I am mightily impressed.  One of them sheepishly confessed that she worked on hers in the car on the way to class, which is why it isn't as big.  She, of course, got the requisite mom lecture about doing her homework on time, but I think they are all just spendid.  I hope they teach me! 

Our snow from the Spring Equinox blizzard is all but gone.  I am not sorry to see it go.   I'm glad I had a fun project to work on.  I absolutely love the fabric for the roof. 

Busy week, ahead.  Tuesday, I have an orientation to volunteer at the local low cost spay/neuter clinic.  Wednesday, we close on our Virginia house (we'll be doing it long distance but I need to be here in case they need anything).  I hope the new owners love it as much as we did.  They are really going to luck out on neighbors.  Thursday, I have a quilt guild meeting and on Friday, my best girlfriend and I are planning on spending the day at the Medieval Fair like a couple of teenagers.  It is nice to have something scheduled.  I have really enjoyed my downtime but having something specific to look forward to and/or plan for is nice, too. 

Happy Quilting,

Penny, Evelyn and Pearl

11 comments:

BilboWaggins said...

I love how you have created the barn, I want one {gg}. Did I miss a post somewhere - how big is this piece?

Penny said...

Bilbo, it is roughly 34 X 28 inches but it isn't square and I haven't blocked it. I'm leaning towards redoing the front with softer transitions and then I'll see about squaring it up or perhaps putting an edge on it.

elsie123 said...

Your barn is coming along great. Way to go!

ranette said...

Cute Spring redo on your blog...I need to spring clean my blog too.

Oh my gosh Penny....your barn quilt is amazing. I'm very impressed with it....good job!

We must have gotten way more snow than you because we still have tons on the ground and big drifts in the yard.

Suzanne Kistler said...

Penny, I LOVE your quilt!!! And I love the sky. I know you visualized it as the picture is, with blue sky, but you've shared some OK pictures with very dramatic sky. I think your quilt looks realistic, in that it captures the essence of the place. (Then again, I haven't been there, I only know what I've seen in your pictures.) Rather than take it apart, you should do a second one, or even a series.

yep. I would keep it as is, and start quilting it. I LOVE it!!

Anonymous said...

I think you did a great job, particularly for a first. Lots of interesting textures - I even like the foreground. I agree with the sky, though.

How are you going to quilt it?

Bless you for volunteering at the spay/neuter clinic. New furkid Pete sends high fives your way.

Janet

Anonymous said...

I think you did a great job, particularly for a first. Lots of interesting textures - I even like the foreground. I agree with the sky, though.

How are you going to quilt it?

Bless you for volunteering at the spay/neuter clinic. New furkid Pete sends high fives your way.

Janet

Sherry said...

I like your barn! How about a little green out front? Change seasons...

Someone leaves me a comment every-so-often that is either in gibberish or something foreign. They have no blog to back it up. I delete it.

Anonymous said...

I love your barn quilt! Congrats on selling your house -- that must be a wonderful feeling and relief!

Stephanie D. said...

Hurray on the house selling--how could they NOT love it--I love it and I've only seen pictures!

What a neat first draft of the barn! I think you're being a bit hard on yourself, but then again, you're the one who needs to be happy with it.

What will be your role at the spay/neuter clinic?

Infinity Quilter said...

The barn looks wonderful. Great job.