Building a City

In the previous postI showed the rally/march; now I am working on the city background.

2 city partial

The next time I design a city, I’ll make it require fewer than five L-seams! In the above photo, three are finished. I had originally planned to cut and piece buildings so that the seams would be straight, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought it would break the buildings up too much. Photo was late afternoon while there was still some daylight, so the colors are pretty true. I had all those grays on hand because I am planning another quilt with city buildings. I don’t think I’ll miss the little bit of each that I used for this piece.

Now that the city portion is finished, there was less light, so the photos are darker.

2 city portion pieced

Several of the plain colors are oxford cloth, and it is really flimsy to work with. (I didn’t want to use starch because the piece will not be washed.) You’ll notice how ripply in the first photo. I tried an old embroidery trick of ironing it wrong side up on a thick bath towel, and it smoothed right out.

And here’s a preview layout.

top plus march

I still have some curvy green to add and the river. It seemed easier to make the buildings as if they were the whole section, then to cut away the curve later using freezer paper templates. I have an extra inch all around in case piecing or quilting loses inches (required size is 18 x 36), but templates seem safer than improv for the curves of greenery by the river.

This portion also took longer than I expected, since I’d not originally planned the L-seams. But I haven’t been working constantly.

I plan to link up with Needle and Thread Thursday (button in sidebar) Oops; not happening this week.

ETA: I had thought it would be finished by Scrap Happy day, but with all the cancellations because of the coronavirus, I had free time and you know the saying: work expands to fill available time. The bottom “march/rally” portion is all made of scraps. The city from pre-emptive scraps since the fabric was bought for something else. 🙂 All from stash.

Check out other scrap projects at Tall Tales From Chiconia.

 

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8 responses to “Building a City

  1. The finished thing is going to be splendid to look at as well as meaningful.

  2. Sue

    Can’t wait to see the city finished. Love it.

  3. L seams give you a better appreciation of city planners 🙂

  4. mlmcspadden

    That is looking great !

  5. Your city looks wonderful! Love those buildings

  6. Oh my goodness! I thought the bold color piece was amazing, now I am totally in love with the neutral color piece in progress with the buildings – wow!
    “The next time I design a city, I’ll make it require fewer than five L-seams!” – those will be your famous words 😉
    Brilliant work!

  7. Susan Nixon

    I really like this section! This is going to be a wonderful entry, and you can’t say it hasn’t stretched you!

  8. We really just need a rubber stamp that says, “This took longer than expected” 🙂

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