|Art with Fabric blog hop|
The windows within the Sagrada Familia are a beautiful progression of colours from blue, green and yellow, to orange, red and purple. My piece is a depiction of the colours found in these windows.
of the Sagrada Familia
The stained-glass windows were created by Joan Vila-Grau based on architect Antoni Gaudi's plans. The shapes of the glass pieces are a mixture of curves and lines. Since Gaudi's designs were greatly influenced by elements in nature, I created my stained-glass to represent parts of nature based on the colours used.
|My interpretation of the stained-glass window of the Sagrada Familia|
|White depicting the clear |
|The straight lines and green of trees|
The second row begins with purple that links it to the last row of the window. The blue that follows represents the sky and rain. These shapes are more circular than the green shapes at the end of the row. These have straighter, more angular lines that depict the forests and majestic trees.
|The yellow of the sun|
I used all kinds of thread sketching designs, and tried to use the same design on all of the pieces of the same colour. This was sometimes difficult to do since some fabrics were only slightly different and I wasn't always able to match them.
|Continuation of green|
in the third row
In the fourth row, the blue turns to green and then transitions to yellow and orange. In the yellow and orange section, I have tried to depict the setting sun - circular for the sun with rays streaming down. The bright orange and yellow of this section stand out in the window.
|Yellow and orange of the setting sun|
|Brown, red and purple of the|
earth and rocks
The fifth and last row represent the grasses in green, as well as the earth and rocks ranging from brown, red to purple. The purple also links the beginning of the window to the end.
What I learned:
- This was by far the most ambitious and difficult piece I've worked on. Unfortunately, I don't think that I was quite ready for it.
- As much as I love the picture of the stained-glass window, the real project was not a success. It's not easy to admit that I made a lot of mistakes - but after my initial disappointment I have to say that I learned a lot and will hopefully be wiser for it.
- I used the freezer paper to cut each piece and then sewed them together using raw edge
Raw edge applique and freezer paper
- Using Heat and Bond light behind the glass pieces was necessary, as I discovered while piecing the first row. I also didn't cover the full piece with the bonding agent. If I had free motion quilted (FMQ) each piece instead of thread sketching them, they might have turned out better. But since I didn't, many of the pieces came out lumpy.
- After completing the lead cane with ribbon, I made the sides based on the design around some of the windows in the Sagrada Familia. The fabric I used was too dark and took away from the focus of the window. If the stained-glass window had worked out, the background could have been fixed. But since there is no way to fix the window, it's not worth the effort to change the background.
Although it was a tough piece to work on, I am very happy with my design of the colours and shapes of the stained-glass window. I'm not sure that I will ever come back to this piece, but I might be able to pull it off if I used foundation paper piecing. That could be an interesting challenge, especially if it didn't involve a deadline! Thanks for taking this learning journey with me. You can read the whole adventure in the following posts:
Don't forget to see the creations of the other participating art quilters. See the entire schedule here.
- Lee Anna at Not Afraid of Color is also posting today.
Thank you Alida for organizing this wonderful blog hop. Next time I'm going to try to be a little less ambitious!
I've also joined these linky parties: Off the Wall Friday, Can I get a Whoop Whoop?, Free Motion Mavericks, Linky Tuesday,