My Fantasy Town

As the weather reports become dire and more and more local closings are announced in anticipation of cold, snowy conditions, I sit in front of my sewing machine and sew a warm, sunny, colorful village.

Some years ago my husband traveled to Mexico and brought back a book that included pictures of the city of Guanajuato. I loved the hillside jumble of colorful buildings and always meant to make a quilt of it.

Years passed until I was cleaning out my silk scraps at the start of this month and thought of that town. The days were growing shorter, the temperatures were dropping, and I was ready for a fantasy happy place.

First, I drew a rough sketch of my town.

Then I pretty much ignored it. I just had to play with building outlines and the level of detail I wanted. My silk scraps are fused to a backing, so they are bulky and not good for fine detail.

I prepared a foundation of canvas and fusible fleece and laid my raw edge bits directly on that after I sewed on some doors and windows. I played with arrangements a bit on my design wall and then began to sew the pieces down with a short zigzag stitch.

Right now about two-thirds of the pieces are sewn. Once all of them are secured I will go back and add more detail with stitching. None of this is fine workmanship. It’s slapdash with fraying silk and crooked buildings. It certainly wouldn’t pass a building code inspection. And I don’t care. I can feel the sun on my face and think of buying a gelato at a little store.

About 25 inches wide by 21 inches high

For lovely, textured quilts of buildings and towns check out Hilde Morin’s work. For a book about an Italian town I had in the back of my mind as I developed my quilt, read Jess Walter’s “Beautiful Ruins.”

I’m linking to Off The Wall Fridays.


Filed under Art quilts, In Process

11 responses to “My Fantasy Town

  1. Rebecca L

    I love that you’re letting the piece take you away! As far as building codes: I don’t think they apply to the inspiration town, either.

  2. Penny Bruce

    It’s even more beautiful than the real town! What a great project to chase the snowy day blahs.

  3. lapaylor

    hey, if you’re snarky sit next to me… lol
    love this interpretation… keep going it will be fun to see how you finish it! Lots of texture betcha
    LeeAnna at not afraid of color

  4. Oh, this is going to be beautiful! I think it would be fun to quilt and I look forward to seeing where you take the quilting. During lock-down we bought a puzzle of Cinque Terre, Italy, with the wonderful (old) cliff side stacked homes above the cove. You’ve captured much the same feeling.

  5. I love it!
    We are even having the cold blast here in Texas, although by next weekend it will be back up to 72. But your bright colors make me feel warmer already. 🙂

    I started Beautiful Ruins years ago but I think I didn’t make it past Chapter 3.

    • My son sent me a screenshot of local temps in the Dallas area. Ouch! I think artists should work in colors that are opposite of the season they are currently experiencing. Sorry the book didn’t work for you.

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