In August, I was in Barcelona for a day. Yup, you read that right -- just for one day. I was on a cruise and we stopped here. I did my homework, and I knew the best sights to see for a 10 hour visit. Familia Sagrada cathedral was on that list.
For those of you unfamiliar, this is a masterful modern creation of Antonin Gaudi. It is so far outside of the realm of anything I have seen in a church, that it's hard to describe without just allowing the pictures to do the talking.
First off, as the photo suggests, this cathedral is still under construction. It is not 3-400 years old as many churches in Europe are. It was started last century sometime. Barcelona is still trying to finish its construction to the specifications that Gaudi designed it for. When modern art has been poo-pood by some cities in Europe, Barcelona has embraced it. Gaudi's influence is pervasive to their culture. You cannot help but breathe deep and just soak it in, everywhere.
The front door has this amazing sculpture around it. But that is nothing compared to the door itself...
The door has this sculpture all over it - likely out of copper or bronze. The ivy was incredible, but I just love the beetles!
The stone is a soft taupe, not the darker color I am so accustomed to seeing.
I just love the windows. I make no claims to being religious. I don't go to church, nor will I ever. I did not have an epiphany when I went into this church; I just love the sense of peace it emanates. The color is beyond glorious. It is modern and yet it evokes a calming aura into the spirit of the least religious of people.
Anyways...what does this have to do with quilting?...I am sure you are wondering. Is I said a while back, we were in Barcelona 2 days before the deadly August Attacks. we walked on the very street where they happened, shopping for trinkets. Barcelona was a turning point for me. Having never wanting to go back to Spain for the past 30 years, after being mugged at 18, I now really want to go back. That is how delightful and moving Barcelona was.
I knew when we left there I wanted to incorporate this passion into a quilt, somehow. In the 2 months since the trip, I have diddled with designs, and then I sat down in earnest yesterday and really started drawing. It will have a lot of applique, and it will incorporate plenty of color. I also hope to use silks -- something I just cannot seem to avoid.
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Right now, I am fidgeting with the plan a little. The last thing I want is for it to come out looking like a giant bulls-eye -- not something I find remotely attractive in a quilt. I have pulled my scrap box of batiks and begun to soak them. Some years ago when I had bleeding issues, I swore off batiks, but I know in my heart that they have to be the windows. I may soak them for the next 2 weeks, but I will get the excess dye out!
Two weeks ago I soaked some silk. These next photos show how much dye comes out of some fabrics.
Well, the first round of batiks are in the sink upstairs now. The water drained was the color of prune juice! This will be a long process!