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Original free pieced design by Katherine French
Free motion quilting by Chris Ballard
|29.25" wide x 25" long - Shown here before quilting|
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The mud season in Maine can be challenging,
but it is so worth celebrating because it is
a sure sign that Winter has lost its icy grip.
The tree buds will soon burst forth,
neighbors emerge from in-house hibernation, and
windows and doors are opened to let warmer breezes in.
As e.e. cummings
so skillfully described in his poem in Just,
"the world is ‘mud-lucious’ and ‘puddle-wonderful."
What a perfect description!
In coastal Belfast, Maine,
most of the older houses have
attached barns known as city barns.
Their original function was to
shelter horses and carriages and provide storage.
Today, most of these barns
have been converted to
garages or additional living space.
The barn depicted in my quilt
is the one attached to my house
and is one of the few that remains a barn.
(Among the items we found there when we moved in
were several horseshoes, a hoof pick, an auger,
and a small, corked bottle of (?) left in the rafters.)
The barn’s lower level now houses
a very rustic workshop
and the haymow is still used for storage.
The house attachment shown includes a mudroom
(through the red door)
with entries to both the back porch and the barn,
and a pantry and large kitchen
(through the black door).
The upper level is now a studio.
The house and barn were built by
a carpenter named Simeon Staples.
Mr. Staples lost his home in 1865
to a fire which engulfed the entire business area of Belfast
as well as the homes of workmen who lived near the shore.
Mr. Staples’ new home (our house)
was built a little ways up the hill from his original home.
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Katherine used alternating narrow strips of
two different fabrics to create her barn’s siding –
creating both texture and realistic shadows.
A fussy cut cat sits in her quilting studio’s open window.
Special things to notice include the shingle patterns
stitched into the roofs of the attached house and porch,
curving rows of stitching that unify the scrappy-pieced ground,
and stitch in the ditch (SID) work that enhances
the look of the barn’s siding as well as
the walls, windows, and porch of the house.
The graceful thread play tree even features
not-quite-ready-to-open almost-spring buds.
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