“Our Little Town” art quilt project is done

"Our Little Town", approx. 46" x 26", cotton fabrics, Karen Gillis Taylor, 2013

“Our Little Town”, approx. 46″ x 26″, cotton fabrics, Karen Gillis Taylor, 2013, (click to enlarge)

I don’t know when I’ve had more fun creating a project like this. The design began a year ago, built mainly of simple shapes, planned in Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Below you see the beginnings of making the real quilt.

Left, the digital sketch. Right, the first block sewn in fabric

Left, the digital sketch. Right, the first block sewn in fabric

"Our Little Town", detail

“Our Little Town”, detail

This detail shows the applique’ pieces (namely the roof top, cross, window and balcony) fused to the base quilt. I had originally only sketched out a few basic window and door shapes, and some trees. Once I started working with real fabrics, the whole thing took off.

Moon and stars detail section of quilt

Moon and stars detail section of quilt

I decided to add some extra elements to this part of the quilt. If you notice the “sashing” in the whole quilt image, (vertical skinny rectangles of light gray, medium gray and black), you’ll see what might be a transition from day to night, right to left. The stars and moon help illustrate that transition. The movement of the stars in a curved line attracts attention, so I think it’s a focal point of the composition.

Detail with tree, lower right of quilt

Detail with tree, lower right of quilt

When choosing fabrics for a quilt like this, anything goes. In a traditional quilt, a person might not mix a “country” leaf print with a batik fabric or a modern geometric fabric design. “Whatever works” is the way to go for me. It does help to repeat fabrics and colors throughout the quilt to give it unity. That’s important for me.

Practicing on a "mini quilt" before finishing the big one

Practicing on a “mini quilt” before finishing the big one

I showed this “mini quilt” in a previous post recently. A person can make this in a night, just grab your fabrics, fusible web and a sewing machine!

Left, quilt detail. Right, "Cat in Window", acrylic painting detail from 12 x 12" painting, Karen Gillis Taylor

Left, quilt detail. Right, “Cat in Window”, acrylic painting detail from 12 x 12″ painting, Karen Gillis Taylor, 2012

Recurring themes, recurring dreams. Dream up your favorite color palette and keep exploring it with new projects. We used to have a black cat named Che’. He was a beautiful renegade, always causing trouble, but always a sleek and beautiful presence. He is still a bit of inspiration for me. I hope you are still out there roaming the countryside, Che’. You were not meant to be a city cat.

Vertical Town with Vertical town with ladder detail, acrylic, from a 12 x 24" painting, Karen Gillis Taylor

Vertical Town with Vertical town with ladder detail, acrylic, from a 12 x 24″ painting, Karen Gillis Taylor

Geometric shapes are so simple and so fascinating. Add the color and pattern, and you have a lifetime of possibilities. That is what keeps painters and quilters so busy, intrigued and happy as they create.

Thanks for visiting! I hope you will make a comment, I love to hear your thoughts, always.

-Karen

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3 Responses to ““Our Little Town” art quilt project is done”

  1. Randy Keenan Says:

    Your quilt is charming. But – what I love about your painting is the smooth gradations – I would love to see you use hand-dyes that have gradations – I think they would be magical – just like your paintings!

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    • karen Says:

      Thanks Randy. I’ve been on the lookout for more of the Ombre fabric that has gradations.That quilt block with the cross on the roof has that fabric in the dark blue sky above. Hand dyes are a great idea!

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      • Randy Keenan Says:

        Couldn’t you get into hand-dyeing fabric? It would open up a whole new fiber world for you. Melody Johnson at Fibermania has a tutorial – dyeing in plastic bags – not much investment in that and you could translate your fantastic vision into fabric Do you know her blog – I think you would love it. By they way – I love your work!.

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