Welcome to my day on the Four Seasons Blog Hop with Island Batik. City Culture--Waterfront and Industrial were the collections I was given by Island Batik to work with for the Hop. This collection should be arriving to your quilt shops in April--ask for them!!
Though my suggested week is summer--it was really hard to focus on that when the temperatures outside while I was making the quilt were dangerously below zero!!
During my design process I find it extremely helpful to have a "story" in mind. For this quilt I asked myself--what is the City Culture I live in? This is the view looking out my kitchen window to the east.
The full moon is rising over my little town. The grain elevators glisten in the early twilight. Bare trees line the rivers' bend. All these things rolled through my mind while trying to come up with a quilt plan.
I used my 2 1/2" strip die from AccuQuilt to cut strips from all the colors. Layered up to six layers on the die...
..and ran the strip die through my GO! Big electric cutting machine!!
And just look at all those perfectly cut 2 1/2" strips!!
Sewed the strips together while the wind howled outside!!
A helpful tip when piecing scrap type quilts is to use either your floor or design wall to lay out the blocks--then take a photo of the lay out. It is sometimes easier to see if any colors need to be moved when looking at the quilt on a photo.
And there you have it--my quilt made with City Culture by Island Batik--I am calling it Smoke Stack.
Smoke Stack--answer to my question--what kind of City Culture do I live in? An agriculture area where the Smoke Stacks of tractors plant and harvest grain in the fields. Smoke Stacks on the semi trucks that travel the black top road in front of my house.
Smoke Stacks--check back for the pattern soon!!
So I leave you with a photo looking to a neighbor to the west--taken right after the full moon photo to the east!!
Now for the giveaway--I have an almost full strip set called Mountains Majesty that I used in Frosty Times Four that I will send to one lucky winner!! Click to the left to see the fabric. Comment below--what is the view from your kitchen window and how might it inspire a quilt!! Winner will be drawn on the last day of the hop.
Also don't forget to sign up for the giveaway on Island Batiks' blog and the other participating blogs!!
Make sure to check out Island Batik Blog for the rest of the amazing projects this years ambassadors have made!!!