Friday, August 26, 2016

Skyscraper windows

A while ago, a challenge was offer with QDAD (Quilt Design A Day).  It's been a while since I've actually designed quilts on a regular basis, but every once in a while I do and I like looking at the other designs.  Anyway, we were given a picture with colors, as normal, but if we made the quilt it would possibly be entered in a special exhibit at QuiltCon.  That sounded fun, so I thought I'd make one.

Here is the picture.

I really like working with blocks.  I played around with several things until I came up with this block.
Do you see how it imitates the picture?  The dark blue, white and grey are approximations of the buildings, with the sky above and the lighter stuff under it.  Yeah, the lighter stuff all got to be orange which doesn't match as well, but I needed a pop of color.

If you rotate it sometimes, you can end up with a quilt that looks like this:

To me, the orange and light blue imitate windows.

I had no idea what thread to use for this; any color would show up well in some places and hide in other places.  I ended up using Mono-Poly on the suggestion of someone in the Facebook group.  Overall, I was happy with the choice.  It did skip more stitches that I was happy with, but I didn't go back and fix them.  *gasp*

The windows have square back-and-forths, similar to blinds.  They do overlap each other where the windows overlap.  I also quilted two blue windows in a blue thread and two orange windows in an orange thread...the picture above does show that but it might be hard to see.  The part in between the windows has straight lines.

I used some pixelated fabric for the back.
I bound it in the dark blue.  I also tried to get a picture with it next to a window, but the sun washed it out on the day I was taking pictures.

This was my August goal, and I finished it with time to spare!!  I'm also linking up with Whoop Whoop Friday.


  1. You have reproduced the picture perfectly.

  2. The block is very true to the photo. The quilt is amazing. Love the blues with the pops of orange and white. Very dramatic.

  3. This is so great! I really enjoyed reading about your thought process as you were working on it.

  4. What a fun block, & a really fun quilt! Great approach to the challenge. The block seems versatile (flip & rotate one row of blocks next to another might look zipperish) and I love that the block is a little hard to find in your layout!

  5. Nice interpretation. Thanks for explaining how you came up with the main design.


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