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Original free pieced design by Heidi Burkhardt
Ispringen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Free motion quilting by Chris Ballard
|27.25" wide x 27.75" long - shown here before quilting|
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After Julie asked me if I would like to join
the Secret Society of Barn Builders,
the first barn that came to mind was a tobacco barn.
When I moved with my parents to
this little village almost 50 years ago,
there was a barn that had been used to dry tobacco leaves
before tobacco farming ended in the region.
At some point, the barn disappeared.
It turns out that the barn was taken apart in 1973
and moved 100 miles south into the Ortenau region
of the Rhine valley where tobacco is still grown.
After piecing my Tobacco Shed,
as I made one of my 2-3 annual trips
through the Rhine valley,
I saw a sign for Ortenau.
I saw a tobacco barn at the side of the road
that I had never noticed before.
I am convinced it is the barn transplanted from our village.
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Skies do not always have to be blue.
Heidi’s use of a vibrant batik conveys
the feel of a hot, late summer day.
Thread play adds wonderful shutter and door details
while horizontal quilting adds realistic texture to the barn’s siding.