This week I'm showing off my second free-pieced church! Let's take a trip back in time, to last spring, so that we can pretend that I actually made the free-pieced church for the spring panel *in* the spring. Just use your imagination!
This is San Miguel Chapel, also known as Mission San Miguel, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It's reportedly the oldest church building in the continental United States, built between 1610 and 1626, long before any church building in New England or Virginia. You can read much more about the church HERE. It's an exciting story, really, because the church was originally constructed by the Tlaxcala Indians and it's been destroyed and rebuilt several times. There are many historical pictures and pictures of the inside online as well.
I made this church using techniques detailed in Julie Sefton's book Build a Barn, No Pattern Construction. There was no pattern or anything, I just used a couple of photos that I had (which are not suitable for publication here since I knew even less about photography years ago) and pieced it in sections. One thing I found helpful was to print out a photo on plain paper and then fold it to get a sense of the proportions. Oddly, the church is almost symmetrical, in three parts. The hardest part of the piecing was figuring out how to show the buttresses. They're more like wedges than they appear in the quilt panel, but I think I did okay with it.
The main reason that this wasn't finished in the spring was that I spent a lot of time looking for the perfect fabric to mimic the adobe. That red-brown is a pretty difficult color to find. Everything was either too light or too brown. I had a lot of fun looking, though. You may notice, too, that there are not a ton of plants around the church. It is New Mexico, and most of the area around the church is paved, with other buildings very close to the church. I always expect iconic buildings to be set off somehow by themselves, and then it ends up that they're across the street from a hotel or something, like the Alamo. This church is in an historic district, but it's right there in a neighborhood, with apartments really close.
This church panel finished at 25 by 33, which is only a tiny bit different from the first panel. This was a total coincidence, because I purposely didn't measure so that I could give San Miguel the space it deserved. I was really surprised when I took the first church out of the box to take this picture. Funny how things work out, isn't it? I should also add that there are many details that will be quilted in, too, like the branches and leaves for that tree on the left, and the window panes.
So there's church number 2! I've picked out the church for a summer panel, but I have a few things I have to work out for it first, like how to make the siding. Maybe I'll make the fall church before the summer one because it's brick, which might be easier.
Everyone have a great weekend! There are no bridesmaid's dresses to alter this time around, but this weekend is my birthday and I have some gluten-free cake to enjoy. I have it on good authority that there will also be takeout, which we all know is my favorite thing.
Sharing at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Finished or Not Friday, and TGIFF.