This is that quilt I started way back when. And have had finished most of this time, truth be told...just waiting to have its photo taken!
Inspired by a conversation with a very dear girlfriend (let's call her Pip - she makes the most divine hand bound art and travel journals) about opshopping for maps and atlases, and how it's not the map per se that appeals to her aesthetically, but the colours used in the map...and how she much prefers the vintage colourchart...
Later that day (whilst I was doing something glamorous...probably laundry. Or scrubbing the loo) I was thinking about colours and maps, and decided I'd really like to make a quilt using those parameters. And I'd been thinking for a while about how I really wanted to make a solids-only quilt, and the rest, as they say, is rotary cutters and thread.
I took my colour inspiration from a copy of an old map (none of the ones I had to hand were quite right), and matched as best I could with Kona colours (all hail the colour chart!) And whilst my quilt is definitely brighter and more saturated than the vintage look Pip was talking about, I'm rather pleased with how it all came together, right down to the colour key on the left!
The quilting is intended to mirror topographical marking on maps, though clearly this is some pretty rough terrain, ha! Next time I tackle this style of quilting, I'll try to remember to step away from the quilt a bit to make sure I'm not making the land too rocky and crazy.
The details - Topography:
36" x 19"
front: all kona cottons
back: unknown tone on tone (shall we call it *vintage* since it's inhabited my stash for a decade?)
binding: Kona green tea, and a small slice of Rosemary Lavin's gorgeous Spa bamboo. Machine stitched - yay, I'm really starting to get the hang of this!