Barn Quilt 1 close up

15 Jun 2009
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I took this picture of a barn I used to see 5 days a week while I drove for Napa Auto Parts. I just love it and we are loosing our barns at an alarming rate in our area. They are either burning down or being torn down or the wind just blows them over. Anyway, I love this one and thus the quilt. I traced my photo to fabric and then started with water color pencils to sketch in the details. I then used alo vera gel to "paint" over the pencil.  I then used fabric from my stash to make the back ground. It all went onto timtex (Ithink that is the name) and I did a lot of thread painting and free motion quilting. I hope you all enjoy this wall quilt. Nancy

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riverart wrote
on 15 Jun 2009 2:30 PM

I really like your barn, they are one of my favorite building along with farm houses.    I have a couple of questions, exactly how did you get the light center with a dark part of the barn and alo vero gel "painting"  I'm not familiar with that. 

on 15 Jun 2009 3:22 PM

Lovely. :)

Whidbey2 wrote
on 15 Jun 2009 6:09 PM

Wonderful!  I love the carring the images out to the boarder in a darker form.  Very striking.

thank you for sharing


KalGal2 wrote
on 16 Jun 2009 4:14 PM

Riverart, thanks for the nice comment.  The center (or light part) was an 8.5x11 piece of white fabric that I traced the barn shape onto. After I "painted" the barn and sky and forground I fused it to the timtex and fused some fabrics from my stash as the sky and wheat field and tree and half of the red part that was not in the photo. I just did a whole lot of quilting and tried to make the fabrics blend as well as I could. I was at a quilt show down in Columbus, Ohio a few years back and I saw a gal demonstrating using water color pencils and alo vera gel to make the color in the pencils  run together so I tried it and I really liked the effect. I don't know if this method is perminant or not but my little piece is probably never going to be washed. I do think I will mess around with this method again and will try to see if heat setting will work to make it perminant.  Thank you all for the really nice comments I have really enjoyed your art as well! I am thankful for this sight, it has really inspired me a lot! Nancy

Whidbey2 wrote
on 16 Jun 2009 4:48 PM

I saw this same type of thing done with colored pencils and textile medium.  The demonstrator said that it was washable with that combination. 

I use Aloe vera with Tsukeneko inks and I know that is perminent, washable and more controlable than the inks alone.  It is all so much fun.  love your work


KalGal2 wrote
on 17 Jun 2009 7:25 PM

Thanks for the tip of the aloe  vera with Tsukeneko inks I want to try that as well! Nancy

denise ezell wrote
on 10 Feb 2010 10:53 PM

I like your barn I never saw anything so pretty, the white in the center just make it pop. Keep up the good work