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Original free pieced design by Julie Sefton
Free motion quilting by Chris Ballard
|29.5" wide x 21" long - Shown here before quilting|
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For weeks, I had been planning to make
a quilt of my own for this Gallery –
a humorous one with a purple barn and flying pigs.
Then Lynne texted about noticing a purple
pig farm barn on her way home from work.
She went on to share that it inspired her
to make a purple barn to go with her white Henniker barn.
After we recovered from the
‘who would have thought we would BOTH be making a PURPLE barn,’
we quickly agreed to ‘Game on!’
The overall design of my building was inspired
by the 1920s barn less than a half mile from my house.
A farmhouse, a second similarly-aged barn, and a concrete silo
also sit on the property which is now surrounded by residential housing.
I had known all along that I wanted to include
this happy flying pig fabric and the glorious spring green print.
But when it came time to choose the barn’s fabric,
I tried and discarded at least five or six very different
purple fabrics before re-discovering this purple and black print.
Even then, I sliced and diced the pieces
to break up the print’s rhythm.
Finding the muddy-colored fabric
waiting quietly in the stash
and realizing it could be used as the pig pen
was a real ‘happy dance’ moment.
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Take the time to really LOOK at your fabrics.
Let yourself see more than what might immediately meet the eye.
And don’t forget to have some fun!
Playful basket weave stitching creates
a textured sky while allowing the flying pigs to soar freely.
A row of swags fills the area between
the upper and lower stories of the barn.
Detail stitching defines the fence lines
and multiple designs enhance
the barn doors, window, and haymow.
BLOG HOP Post One HERE
BLOG HOP Post Two HERE
BLOG HOP Post Three HERE