I haven’t made a pictorial quilt in a while and I’m enjoying it. I find it easier than abstract quilts which are made spontaneously, and unlike the pictorial quilts, have no road map to follow. That picture above shows the transparency that I trace from the photo. I project it on the wall and decide how big to make it. The next step is to make freezer paper pattern:
Now I’m ready to preview fabrics—aka the fun part! That gorgeous pink hand dye was dyed by my friend Lyric Kinard. The rest are dyed by moi or are batiks.
So now I’m ready to play for real. I start cutting out pattern pieces and pinning to my background fabric, just like I’m making a puzzle.
I thought about making the center building red, like in the photo, but decided to make it a cool purple so it would recede more into the distance and be less important. I should have taken a picture with the red so you could see. Trust me, it was better with the purple! All the fabrics are prefused before I cut out the shapes, less messy edges that way.