Thursday, June 9, 2016

Red Barn Modifications

I decided I didn't like the way the window in the barn seemed to disappear, so I took it apart and added a windowsill.  Then I shortened it. That black and white fabric represents a snowbank. Snow is only white when it is freshly fallen. After a day or two it gets dirty, hence my fabric selection.

On the far right side of the barn is a streetlight. I decided I wanted to put it in.  Here's where stuff gets a bit tricky when it comes to free pieced building construction. The sequence of when to add what is important, and you usually figure that out AFTER you've sewn things together, so you are forced to adapt. The streetlight was right on the edge of the barn, and it was under the roof line, so I needed to add it before I sewed the roof (or second story) to the barn. I could have appliqued it on, but I don't do applique, so I figured out how to piece it.  By the way, those white strips on the barn's sides are actually molding. The real barn has it, so my barn has them too. I like the way they define the edges if the barn.

This is what the first story of my barn looks like now. To the left of the barn is the attached house, and you can see the roof angling down.  To the right are leafless trees in the background, and you can see the snow on the ground.

If you can believe it, I am not sure I have enough of this red fabric for the barn's second story, so I'll use something else and everybody will think that's the way it's supposed to look. At any rate I am happy with what I have so far.

This is sort of where things are going. I haven't sewn anything together on the second floor. Those windows have to drop lower, for one thing. 

Here's another view of the original barn, taken from a slightly different angle.


Mary Ellen said...

Way cool. Nice deep reds there.

Sandi said...

Love the first snow bank, it is going to be ab awesome piece. That log hot is near perfect!

Kathy said...

I'm barn building too. And I had to adapt my windows after the fact... So I "cheated" and did a raw edge applique with zigzag stitching. You'll see in a few days why I didn't want to take the whole thing apart. I do your touches of white trim and the corner molding. Looks real good.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Really like the added window sills and you are SO right about figuring out how to deal with the sequencing!! Ask me how I know!

Quiltdivajulie said...

p.s. Also like the way you described your fabric choice for the snow.