This quilt was a challenge to make, because of the many different layers involved and the fact that I embellished with embroidery. The sky (hand-painted cloth) and water (batik) were fused to the batting. Then the individual buildings were cut out from already fused fabrics (batiks), as were the watch tower and the front of the dock. I cut the swans, which look more like ducks, and the buoy out of fabric with Wonder Under already applied--cut these freehand. I stuck in some greenery at the right just to fill in the space. The buildings are embellished/quilted with perle embroidery in a variety of embroidery stitches. Going through all those layers was difficult, and I later learned that had I used wool batting rather than 100% cotton, and had I not over-fused the elements, this task would not have been so difficult. I machine quilted the sky and the water. The binding was fused, and I matched it to the areas which butted up against the binding.
This pictorial quilt was based on a photo of Bergen, Norway, a photo that was one of my favorites. The area depicted was the Hanseatic Wharf, which has many lovely wooden buildings that have been lovingly restored. Here is the photo:
I do like this photo, and it would be a great one to base a group quilt on--one like so many that we saw at the Houston quilt festival. Three of my quilting friends are interested in trying a group quilt project out! Here are some that were in Houston:
|I am assuming that 10 different quilters produced this quilt. I love it that there is a variation in the length of the panels, but all the roof lines are leveled up~|
|And here's one of a single house, produced by 24 quilters. Again wow! The fence, roof lines, and sky are lined up well. But again, love how each quilter's own style and choices of fabrics varies enough to make the quilt all the more interesting.|