Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Architecture Challenge Reveal

I've had formatting problems with this post -- just ignore the weird spacing, etc.!
The Fiberexplorations group met on Monday night to reveal our quilts for the Architecture Challenge.  Most of us still have a bit more work to do before these pieces are completely finished.
Here they are, beginning with Deb's pieces.  Yes, she made two, both featuring arches, which are key elements in architecture (and highly visible on the Ladd and Bush building).   Each quilt holds special, personal meaning to her, not evident to other viewers.
Deb's TWO (!!) pieces, featuring arches
The piece that Chris is constructing was quite unique-- it's wool applique and done by hand:

Wool applique by Chris
She found her inspiration in the center motif of the following architectural element:
Scrollwork freize (?)
Joanna's untitled (and unfinished) purple piece

Torrie and Maureen used the fluted freize as their design inspiration, as did I in my first (unsuccessful) attempt. At least I think that's what this exterior architectural element is called:

Fluted freize (?)
Note the embroidered ribbon Torrie used, along with the faux trapunto she created along the top and bottom:
Torrie's piece, titled "Prism"
Maureen was celebrating her birthday with her family, so we didn't see her that night or get a photo of her piece.   I'll add that soon, as well as a pic of Kathleen's quilt.
Nov. 28 update:   A clearer photo of  Lisa's quilt is below.  It features men's shirting fabrics and zippers, in a Courthouse Square block arrangement.  Coins coated with resin embellish this piece, which brings to mind a gentleman banker in his Brooks Brothers suit, button-down shirt, tie, and well-shined shoes. (Personally, the zippers made me think of two other bank-related items:  a safe-deposit box and a bank vault, both of which are "zipped up" tightly for security and hold coins!)
Lisa's "zipper quilt"
Another update to this post:  I don't have a title for my purple architecture quilt yet, but today a possibility came to mind:  Architexture!  Whaddya think?


  1. great quilts...all of them! but that achitecture fabric is the bomb!!! love it!!! and i don't see any in your it for the back?

  2. Hey Nancy! I could only find ways to use small bits of that fabric: it's used for about 2/3 of the top edge, but painted with a light wash of purple (probably why you didn't notice it!) and in the 3 small "icons" near the bottom, satin-stitched on top of dupioni silk, which was then frayed.