Monday, August 19, 2019

Where the Green Grass Grows

This sample/demo/teaching barn block 
when I was teaching barn building at JCCFS.

I shared its May 2019 makeover from 
Cows at Sunset to Where the Green Grass Grows HERE.

I used random scribble-zig-zag stitching 
around the cows' feet and in the grassy areas 
and added some gentle outline stitching 
around the bushes and a few of the cows.

I like the textural results.

The rocky area was stitched 
with lots of tiny liberated pebbles
to push it behind the grass and barn.

The sky's batik told me how to quilt using
random pebbles to outline and fill as needed.

Once again, I am very pleased with the result.

The door and haymow as well as the borders
were quilted with uneven and fairly close matchstick lines.

So why did I name this Where the Green Grass Grows?

That's a lyric fragment from an older country music song
that suited the quilt's theme and depicted scene.

Finished size is approximately 19" x 19"

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Three-plus years have now passed
since the release of BUILD A BARN 
and the time has come 
to stop adding new posts to this blog.

Everything that is here will remain 
as a testament to the fabulous free pieced work
done by the members of the SSOBB and others
who have used the book's process notes
to create buildings of their own.

THANK YOU to our loyal followers and
please feel free to use the links within this blog
to keep tabs on those who have contributed
by following their personal blogs. 

CLICK HERE to read the story behind this photo

Until we meet again . . . 

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Rosewood Farms - The Quilt

This was the last photo I shared of the pink barn.

(created mid-2016 as a  demo/presentation 
sample block for BUILD A BARN)

Since that threads-chosen photo was shared, 
I have been pondering how to quilt
the barnyard and the sky . . .

And then I saw these clouds and knew what I wanted to do.

(photo taken through the windshield while DH was driving)

From flat to fabulous.

My liberated free motion all-over fans
created perfect texture for the sky and
using the barnyard fabric design as my guide
provided realistic texture for the bushes and plants.

(for more examples of how quilting 
enhances free pieced work, click HERE
and scroll through the barns of See Rock City)

The batik binding works so well -
what a happy find from the stash.

Here's a detail photo to show 
the roof line ribbon candy motif
as well as the haymow and door details.

Rosewood Farms finished 
at 22" wide by 21.5" high.

Now I can share it 
as an additional example during
my upcoming class at our LQS.

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If you have made a free pieced barn
or other building using the process notes
I would be happy to share your work here.

Just email me photos and your project's story -
there's a link in my profile (see sidebar).