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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Deana's #4 Barn COMPLETE

I finally "got 'er done".  The front of the barn uses a square-in-a-square pattern of positive negative.  It is subtle, but it is there.  I think it gives the effect of shadows and worn paint.  The trees were hand appliqued using the freezer paper on bottom method.  I also appliqued the third window in the row because I forgot to use black in the center of my square-in-a-square block there to form the window.  I may add some shadowy branches later.  I'll cut the tops off once I do the next block that goes on top.
The next pictures gives you a closer view of the underbrush.  You can see that it is just basted down.  I caught the edges in the seam when I attached it to the main barn block.  I used steam-a-seam on two pieces of the same fabric, peeled off the paper, and then stuck them to each other (wrong sides together).  They will be permanently stitched down in the quilting phase.  I think they show depth and the purple Batik behind them looks like shadows of them dancing in the moonlight.

My favorite part of this block is the night sky.  It is made from a piece I hand-dyed with Dharma proactive dyes a few years back.

9 comments:

Ann T. said...

I LOVE your block. Your barn is amazing and the positive/negatives are definitely there, but you do have to concentrate to see them. They are subtle. The purple Batik is just the ticket for this block. I wish I could see it for real. We will have to be sure to bring them when we have our retreat. I will be there for at least part of it.

Marie said...

WOW, very well done. I particularly like the way you did the underbrush and also the detail on the roof. Those two strips at the top of the roof are very narrow and add so much to the look of the barn. Your fabrics are wonderful. Now I see why you love batiks so much. Can't wait to see your next barn.

Stefiko said...

This is BEAUTIFUL!! I LOVE your blocks. You are so talented.

Tracy said...

You have done some amazing work. I love your blocks put all together. They are so graphic and detailed. You truly are a master at the quilting art.

dorine said...

Wow! That is just gorgeous. I love how you follow the rules and techniques and still keep your patterns so beautifully coordinated. Great job!

annmarie said...

FABULOUS!!! Love your fabric choices & of course your creativity!

Pam in Texas said...

Wow, that is really coming along nicely. You have done a fantastic job. Just think, this is only March! I can't wait to see the rest. This whole block so far is a teaser for me. I can't wait to see the finish!

desertskyquilts said...

Ooooh, and Aaaaah! I love it. Batiks are wonderful and that barn and night sky are a terrific showcase for them.

Betty C said...

Looks great. I love the blue sky fabric.