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Monday, January 29, 2007


I have done all I can on the cityscape. I tore it half apart this morning to replace the polkadot with a darker fabric. Some parts of it I really like. The blue and pink tower on the left looks just as I want it to. I am less happy with the bottom layer of buildings. I couldn't figure out how to make them overlap the back row the way I wanted. I ended up making two sections and sewing them together. It's not exactly what I want but maybe the next one (if there is a next one) will be better. I would probably spend more time with graph paper or the computer, planning it out. Now that I have done one I know more about how things go together.

Now I have two different borders that I have to chose between. The checkerboard seemed a bit too big for the size of the city. It is really quite small, unlike the jungle which finished at nearly 70 inches square. This one is more like 18 inches at this point. I think I am leaning a bit more toward the checkered looking one but I am not sure yet. Then I will have to think about the next border, if I use one, which I probably will.

Most of the fabrics in this quilt are hand dyes which I made during the last year. I use Procion MX dyes and low water immersion method. I really like the gray smog-like background on this one. I wouldn't want to live in this city though.


Anonymous said...

The alterations you made to your cityscape were well worth the effort. I liked it before, but now it looks very professional LOL. I prefer the first border, but I'm not really an "out there" kind of person :-)

quiltpixie said...

had to laugh about the smog -- you can tell I'm a prairie girl as when I'd seen the background fabric all I could think of was huge thunderstorm coming! ;-)

Tracey said...

I like the darker (top one in the blog) border on this piece. It looks more like a dark and stormy night to me.

I've been enjoying watching the process you've been going thru making your choices with this quilt and the jungle one. Thanks for sharing!

DubiQuilts - Debbi said...

The background is a great choice. I like a black and white border but the checkerboard is to big. The changes you made is worth it.

ForestJane said...

The top border reminds me of smoke and storm clouds... the second border reminds me of train tracks and checker cabs. I kinda like the second one better, with all those hot colors, the city already looks angry to me. I vote for brightening it up, unlessssss, of course, the deeper emotion is what you were going for... lol

Tazzie said...

Your cityscape is looking wonderful, I love the way it's coming together. I prefer the first border, it seems more in keeping with the rest of the piece. I think the geometric border draws your attention away from the buildings.

Carol said...

Joyce, I admire you for pulling out and replacing the material. As for the borders I like the top one too. It kind of makes the city stand out, where the chequered one almost overshadows with brightness the city one. At least that's how it appears to me in the pictures, it may be completely different up close.

Delta said...

I just knew you would go back and change out that piece that bothered you, and I think you made the right call on it. Have you considered making the roof line of the lower buildings irregular rather than straight across? That would give it a bit of depth where they overlap. And try a combination of the two black and white fabrics for the border. Left side and bottom with the big diamond print and top and right side with the smaller print, mitered corners of course. That tends to "frame" a piece and make it look almost like a perspective shot of it. Nothing lost by just laying it out on the design board and looking!
You have done a beautiful job on this so far. Can't wait to see the finished piece.

Lois R. said...

I love how the cityscape is turning out! I like the border at the top of your post better (the non-checked variety)