Each year, the group has an overall theme with quarterly challenges connected to the theme. Beginning in November, this year's theme will be Urban. Our first quilt challenge was to depict the word "maps".
Coming from a family of map lovers, this first challenge was a fun one for me and I immediately starting thinking of ideas. Looking at real maps helped guide me to try my hand at creating highways bisecting the make-believe city, Hometown.
By fussy cutting two different red fabrics from my stash, I endeavored to make interstates, as well as highways, connecting suburban towns to the heart of the city.
My selvage stash became a great source for naming make believe suburbs. I also tried to separate the improv pieced township areas with subtle color differences as well as quilting motifs.
A Sweetwater map print by Moda made the perfect backing, I think. Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman adds believability to the map as well as making a great binding.And, this time of year, who hasn't seen a flock of birds flying south for the winter?
Being a rookie, I'm probably too green to realize what difficult future challenges I'll encounter, but for now, I just know that I had a fun time making my first map! I hope that you will take a look at our Four-in-Art Flickr site and find out how the other 7 quilters interpreted this first Urban challenge.Their blog posts are listed below:
Leanne of She Can Quilt, Rachel of the Life of Riley, Amanda of What the Bobbin?, Nancy of Patchwork Breeze, Anne of Springleaf Studios, Elizabeth of Occasional Piece and Betty from her Flickr Site.