Friday, March 6, 2015

Paint the Town

I can hardly believe that this project dates back to a year ago. Maybe you will remember  "Paint the Town" as my entry in the 2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Radiant Orchid?
 
The Calgary Tower is a recognizable landmark of this city and works beautifully as a paint chip silhouette.

 In any case, I'm glad to be able to share this recent finish.  This piece has been one of those that took me far too long to decide how I would quilt and bind.  It was a matter of too many ideas!  Sounds silly, no doubt, but I think I was mostly stuck on how to proceed for fear of messing this up.

Love all those solid purples for the paint chips!

Finally, this winter, I decided that it needed finishing, not perfection. ;o)  Funny, how that freed my mind up to take action.  The quilting couldn't be simpler, really.  I outlined the buildings and the seams between the paint chips to keep the silhouette the feature, while stitching long loops on the low volume background to symbolize the fresh, clean air our city enjoys.  A text print in purple answered my problem of what to use for binding - obvious now, but something I didn't even consider earlier.


This mini quilt makes me so glad I entered the challenge (pushing me to design something far different from my usual aesthetics and colours) and gives me a memory quilt for that day in the future when I won't be living in this city.

"Paint the Town" a mini quilt tribute to Calgary's downtown skyline.

17 comments:

  1. I really like how this quilt turned out. Love the colors in the quilt.

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  2. What a wonderful quilt and tribute to Calgary! Good for you!

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  3. Oh, wow! What an awesome little quilt!

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  4. I love the quilting that you've done. Those long loops in the sky also make it look like wind. In my memories of living in southern Alberta (Medicine hat area) there was rarely a day without wind. And your skyscape will make a lovely reminder of your life in Calgary.

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  5. Congrats on the finish. It looks great! Sometimes taking the next step really slows me down.

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  6. Hi Kathrine! I loved you idea from the First minute and you have finished this qunique quilt beautifully! I hope you can enjoy this quilt at your home. x Teje

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  7. It is such a distinctive quilt Katherine, constructed with such skill! I love the tower and spire, with the wind swirly about!

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  8. This is gorgeous! Great finish!

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  9. I love this so much... from the modern look to the quilting. I'm like you... I get stuck when it comes to quilting just about anything..... same thoughts... I don't want to mess up all of my piecing. All of my quilts and projects sure don't do anything by just sitting around in a bit of projects to finish... gotta get quilting! Thanks for the gentle push. :)

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  10. I love this and am so glad you have it finished., I can only do straight line quilting, but even that causes me angst over where and how to stitch a quilt. This is a real work of art.

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  11. Nice result! I like the colors you used for this mini quilt. J.

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  12. Fantastic! And your quilting is perfect

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  13. That is cool, Katherine! Very nice indeed.

    Wishing you a beautiful week ahead...
    Brenda
    xox

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  14. I think that the quilting is a perfect tough to the quilt!

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  15. I hadn't realised that you'd not finished this one! LOVE what you've done with it x

    Fear is my biggest stumbling block too. I really need to remind myself that a finished imperfect quilt is better than a perfect quilt top (not that I've ever had a perfect quilt top)

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  16. This. is. amazing.

    Beautiful work!!

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  17. I loves this so much! Absolutely fabulous!!

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