Today is Reveal Day for the Four-in-Art Bee. My quilt is the third in a series around the main theme of Urban. Our topic this round was Landmark.
Being a directionally-challenged girl, whenever someone asks me for directions to my house I always say the same thing: "Do you know where Johnson Farms is?" Johnson Farms is a wonderful garden center and nursery just down the road from my house. Most of the plants they sell at this family business are grown from seeds in their nursery.
After thinking about several options to convey the idea of "landmark" I finally, decided to create a quilt that reflects a landmark that I use constantly. The sunflower windmill represents all of their gorgeous flowers. In the fall, the garden center turns into a wonderful Pumpkin Farm: one we have visited many times with our grandchildren!From the start, I knew that I wanted to keep the fabrics in this third quilt in the same color range as the first two for consistency. Many of the pastel solids and the grey are actually cut from the same cloth as my first two Urban quilts, seen here and here.
I chose to make the background sort of a mosaic using two inch squares. Then I inserted a pinwheel block to represent the sunflower windmill and an orange hexagon to stand in for the pumpkin.
After piecing the quilt all together, I added a raw edge applique sunflower, windmill derrick, pumpkin stem and tiny pink squares for flowers. My walking foot easily stitched over the little glued-on squares.
I wanted to somehow depict the barn shaped roof of the Farm sign, so, after piecing in the sides of the barn and the angles, I used the binding to convey a roof by piecing in a length of taupe fabric to match. The remainder of the Architextures binding matches the first two quilts in the series.
I tried to keep my matchstick quilting as straight as possible but toward the edges, I got a bit off. I love the texture that the quilting added to this piece of art.
Because the quilt is only twelve inches square, the stitching went fast. I doubt I would have the patience to tackle this style of quilting on a larger piece!
The backing on this little quilt is from the True Colors line by Heather Bailey.
I'm pretty pleased with my representation of a landmark in my life. I might even get brave and take it over to Johnson Farms sometime and see if they recognize it!
Making little art quilts has been a new experience for me; one that I've enjoyed. I invite you to take a few minutes and check out the landmark quilts made by the other seven quilters in the Four-in-Art Bee. The links are listed below.