Architecture Quilt Design Challenge

I love it when a challenge comes up, and I have time for it! So when Victoria Findlay Wolfe blogged about designing a quilt from her window view and issued a challenge for us to design from architecture, I was all excited. I could devote time to it this month.

I planned to take photos on an architecture tour in Portland’s Old Town. Rain that day hampered my picture taking considerably, but I got a couple.

Theatre and Fountain    date and eves

Kells building

There is potential here, but a few sketches were not productive. I wanted to do a minimalist design and these ornate buildings were not lending themselves to it at all. Nor was I able to abstract enough to get from ornate to minimal. So I browsed some old photos of buildings and bridges. They were not very clear photos, so I figured I’d have to go and take some more. But I also was thinking I needed to get started designing and sewing. I went back to the instructions and had an ah-ha moment: The photo was a starting point; the building did not have to be recognizable.

I almost revisited the above photos, but then yesterday, while I was waiting for the bus, I looked up the street and started thinking design thoughts. So here is the photo that I will use. Not a spectacular building, just some ordinary apartments.

Street sceneSo as soon as I finish the Ohio Star border (last two posts), I’ll get busy on this project. Maybe you would like to play too–you have till July 5.







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5 responses to “Architecture Quilt Design Challenge

  1. quilt32

    A wonderful idea for a great project. Will be anxious to follow you as you work this one out.

  2. What a great challenge! Lots of fun doing it!

  3. Cher

    fun challenge! I think your last inspiration should work out well. That is a nice amount of time to work on a challenge too.

  4. Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog!
    This looks like a really fun project 🙂

  5. dezertsuz

    I liked the first pictures, but honestly see so much more possibility in the one you’ve chosen. I know you’ll make something fabulous of it.

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