Buildings and Bridges, 25 1/4" by 20"
I had a number of ideas I wanted to explore with this challenge. First, I approached it from a shape and lines perspective rather than images of specific objects. I wanted to explore the juxtaposition of straight lines versus curved, rigid versus organic. Those arches intrigued me, and I wanted to figure a way to cut them out of the quilt. Finally, I wanted to do something besides abstract strip piecing- which would have been really easy with this one!
There's a lot I like about this piece, and a lot I'd do differently. I love how the colors work together. I'm really happy with the quilting on the water- I used about six different colors of thread. I figured out how to cut out the arches.
The quilting on the top didn't work the way I'd hoped. The lines off to the right were meant to suggest other buildings that were further out. Instead, the difference between those and the diagonal lines on the rest of the top is just a distraction.
The whole style of the piece is neither abstract nor realistic. To me, it has the flavor of an illustration from a child's book- not a bad thing. I'm just not sure how well it all works together.
I did a lot of quilting- and learned lessons that I'll put to use in future quilts. Here's a couple of detail shots-
This month for me was mostly a grand experiment, with a number of lessons learned.