Like many of us, I periodically take on projects or challenges. First, I want to expand my skills or learn new things. Second, because a challenge often keeps my ideas flowing – which often results in new work. Third, because I just like a challenge!
This small piece is the final result of just such an experiment. I am privileged enough to be part of a small, local art quilt group – Art Quilt Greater Oakland (AQ-GO) which meets on a monthly basis.
Like many small towns, there are numerous, local historical buildings in our downtown area, and we each took one (some took 2) to re-create in fabric. This challenge was on before I joined the group, so some buildings were done already, some were tops waiting to be quilted, and some just in the planning stages.
So the work itself is layered techniques:
pieced brick work and stone details – the 9-patches are 3/4″ finished
TAP paper to re-create the store-front windows and front door
More piecing for the 2nd story windows, which really are very close to those shades of turquoise blue and gray
“Green’s” logo is fused then carefully machine-stitched
The “supplies” listed on the awning were embroidered on by the talented Mary Asmus for me (THANKS!)
Quilted with bamboo batting – 3 layers under the awning
fabric pens on the windows to create existing (real) shadows
Cardinal fabric fussy-cut and applique with some tiny nylon hand-stitches just to be sure he doesn’t go anywhere
Then, because the building was originally red brick, and painted white, some signs of “wear” using fabric ink and a small toothbrush