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Original free pieced design by Nancy M. Stevens
Free motion quilting by Chris Ballard
|18.5" wide x 31" long - Shown here before quilting|
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When Julie invited us to make barns, I felt intimidated.
Free piecing is SO not my thing.
But sometimes others know things about us
that we don’t know about ourselves,
and I was eager to learn and try something new.
There aren’t many barns in my part of Near Philadelphia,
but there sure are a lot out in Lancaster County.
I began looking online for barn photos similar to the Lancaster barns.
There were some nice ones, but not THE barn.
As I continued searching for just the right inspiration barn,
I discovered one that took me back to a night several years ago
when my sister Bonnie and I had driven out to Lancaster County,
become lost (as is our custom) and wandered around trying to find our destination.
It was a full moon night in October.
That harvest moon in the dark sky over the Amish barns
was just gorgeous – and immense.
I made my process more complicated by choosing striped fabric,
but it really seemed to be the right choice.
I had the inspiration to piece some stars for the sky,
but the most fun was piecing the wheat field.
When my own stash didn’t yield enough varieties,
I knew exactly what to do: I raided by sister’s stash!
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Avoid compromising your vision,
and always listen to your heart.
Outline stitching defines the subtle stars near the moon.
Linear stitching creates shingles on the barn’s annex roof.
Stylized stitching unifies and energizes
the already magnificent shimmering wheat field
and a gentle meander adds texture to the night sky.
Read Nancy's blog hop posts about Bonnie's Barn
by following these links:
BLOG HOP Post 1 HERE
BLOG HOP Post 2 HERE
BLOG HOP Post 3 HERE