Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Midnight City

Yet another challenge to do for FANE (Fiber Artists of the North East). This one has to be a building and the rules are as follows"
Your piece for our Skyline Exhibit is due at the August meeting also.  Again, here are the guidelines:
    1. Width between 14” and 18”
    2. Height between 36” and 60”
    3. Building may be realistic or abstract
   4. No background
    5. Needs to hang with one nail
    6. Needs to have fiber, does not need to be quilted or have 3 layers, would be nice to have some stitching.

I have done a series of city quilts and most of them are quite large and squarish. This one had to be tall and skinny so I used one of the smaller city quilts that I had made as a guide and just made it much taller.

All of my city quilts had an insane amount of piecing and quilting. I decided to go a little easier on myself and not do all the piecing, but fuse instead. I'm not sure how much time that saved because I had to fuse all those little windows down. It did make for easier quilting, altho I did a lot of quilting, because I didn't have to deal with quilting around all those seams. 

You can see more of my city quilts by going to the "Geometric Quilts" at the top of this blog.

"Midnight City" It really is squared off at the bottom. It is just coming out from the wall.  Details below. It measures 17 x 47. All of my previous city quilts have used only my hand dyed fabrics, but for this one I also used some commercial prints. I quilted it onto batting with no backing and then fused it onto Peltex, a very stiff interfacing that I use when I make fabric postcards. It will keep it rigid and will keep that little building at the top nice and straight. I went around the edges with a button hole stitch in silver thread.

I quilted it with silver metallic thread and it sparkles under the light.

City Lights. Made for a "Grey Plus One" challenge a few years ago. It measures 17" x 24".

You can see all the piecing and quilting here.

So that's one more thing to be taken of my list of things to do. My next project is for my FiberWorks group. The theme is "At the Library" and I am totally bereft of ideas. It is due in September.

It's been a long time since I've had any fiber art to share, so I'm linking up with Off the Wall Friday.


quiltedfabricart said...

This came out great! I would love to see all the entries. What an interesting show this would be. Will there be anywhere I can see them after the reveal? Love the idea of no background.

Julia Graber said...

I love your 'city' quilts. How fun it is to see the city from a high rise. I like the idea of metallic thread to make the building sparkle.

LA Paylor said...

I just like everything you make and this one is terrific too. What an interpretation. I love challenges to see how each person approaches them differently.
Peltex. I use it too but I notice in our humidity, after a year or so it curls just a bit... have you noticed that? I could be doing something wrong in the hanging. LeeAnna

Regina B Dunn said...

Love your Midnight City with the tower at the top and the play of the violet with the yellow. Looking forward to seeing how you handle the Library challenge.

Christine Staver said...

I really like these, Norma.