Nancy Stevens

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Bonnie's Barn

Original free pieced design by Nancy M. Stevens
Glenside, Pennsylvania


Free motion quilting by Chris Ballard



18.5" wide x 31" long - Shown here before quilting
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Nancy writes:  

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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DESIGN NOTE:  

Be patient.

Avoid compromising your vision, 
and always listen to your heart.



QUILTING NOTE:  

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




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