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.
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.”
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11 responses to “My Fantasy Town”
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.
Thanks. I guess the building codes that would apply have to do with stitching rather than load bearing walls.
It’s even more beautiful than the real town! What a great project to chase the snowy day blahs.
Thanks. It’s not so much the snow as it is the cold and wind. I’m seeing how many sweaters I can wear at one time.
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
Thanks. The amount of texture in the quilting will depend on my tolerance for FMQ.
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.
Ooh, you understand the look I was going for. Quilting will have to wait until we come back from our trip to warm climes.
Oh, I’m glad you get to travel to a warmer zone. It’s supposed to be 79° here Sunday.
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.