I'm sure you can all relate. I've got to sew labels and sleeves on to two quilts by tomorrow morning. I need to sandwich and quilt 3 quilts in the next week/ week and a half. I'm drawing up two more creations that I've been pulling fabric for... Yet.... I was compelled to finish this quilt (which has no deadline nor purpose other than to satisfy my creativity sweet tooth).
So I found a photo of a city in Sweden from which I could not pry my eyes away. The colors grabbed me first but then the shapes and patterns completely drug me into the rabbit hole. It's from IG and t's a site called Daily Overview (here's the link: Daily Overview). I am obsessed now. Seriously - I have so many ideas flowing...I've got to throttle myself back to keep from overdosing on marker fumes.
I felt like this lent itself so well to a quilt...I got out my trusty graph paper and went to town. Not finding my markers....I had to settle for a highlighter and a pencil and just labeled where I wanted each color. I decided it use 1.5 inch raw edges to make gridding this out a bit easier. While it somewhat follows this photo - I took artistic license with it to make it doable for me.
|That's right - I own a pen that is... an eraser. And I use it A LOT...|
Of course, as soon as I finished this process, I nearly tripped over my markers. But I wasn't going back and redoing this - it works fine the way I colored and labeled it. I used that eraser marker a lot in this process before I colored in the blocks.
Once I got to putting it all together, I was glad I selected the 1.5 inch size. It made putting everything together much more simple and clean. I don't usually sweat matching points but this needed that precision. Once I kept adding to it - I realized I would make some bigger changes to the bottom left quadrant. I just wasn't feeling the layout on my paper. Laziness? Maybe. I am just dying to get it sandwiched up and quilt it... I think I will add a border of the darker gray around the quilt to finish it off. It's approximately 42 inches by 30 inches before anything else.
|This was before I used the grid work. I thought I could improv it but when these went together, I felt the more rigid grid would look better and give it more uniformity.|
|Building streets and buildings...|
I'm going to link up to several Linky parties this week - look at my side bar to join in. Here are some posts from some of those Linky parties that I especially loved:
Rainbow mini swap progress
A gift for a 90 year old
Spell it with Moda
Gorgeous Eye Quilt
Quilted Lanyard Tutorial