I did finish up my little free-pieced chapel quilt, though! Here's one of the few good pictures I managed to get:
I love this! And you know what? It really looks like Joan of Arc chapel! It's kind of a blurred or softened version of the chapel, though. I think quilting will add some really necessary details, like the fretwork on the upper window and the panels on the doors, not to mention the separations between the stones.
I had a lot of fun making this little chapel quilt. It was all free-pieced with no pattern using the techniques in Julie's book Build A Barn, No Pattern Construction. The book describes barns, but the techniques can be translated to any building. When choosing a building, though, I recommend that you choose one you don't have a deep personal or emotional connection with. The only thing that was hard about this piece was the feelings I had about the real chapel, which made me scared to mess up the quilt. Yeah, feelings are complicated and often get in the way of things.
I learned a lot from making this, and I will definitely make another one. I'd like to make a seasonal sampler with four different churches or chapels in the different seasons. I've already identified two possibilities--that I have no emotional connection to!--and am looking for a couple others. These are semi-historic churches with clean lines and interesting details, and I think they'll look good together.
|Morning sun bleaches everything!|
A few things I learned:
--Free piecing takes more fabric than you think. Have a lot on hand. I ended up piecing the sky more than I wanted to because I ran out of big pieces.
--Cut with abandon. If you need to cut from the center, cut from the center. If you're making something, you're not wasting the fabric.
--Cut larger and don't trim until you're absolutely sure that you have things stitched the way you want them.
--Always keep a straight stitching edge. The unstitched part can be pieced and ragged, but if you're stitching a seam, you'll need to keep it straight. This will make life easier.
--Make use of your seam ripper.
--Patience is key. Take as much time as you need to think it out and strategize.
--Finally, realize that you are making an interpretation, not a copy. You don't have to include every single detail. There are ways to make copies, of course, but if that's what you're going for this is probably not the technique you want.
So there we go, that's the chapel! I can't wait to quilt it up. Sadly, I have to finish these other things first. Don't they know I have sewing to do?
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Our relatives are arriving Sunday. I better buy some turkey!
Sharing at Finished or Not Friday, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and crazymomquilts.