Thursday, October 14, 2010

Cincinnati: A River Runs Through It

Hello all!
I had really hoped to post this post over a week ago, but uploading issues prevented me from getting pictures on here. I hope to not have so long between posts in the future ;)

This second mini quilt was be part of a collection for the RiverCity Quilt Guild's show called 'A River Runs Through It.' Each guild member was challenged to create a 18" x 22" mini quilt panel representing something about our great city. This might include a landmark, a sports team, institution, business or even a local favorite food. I chose a landmark that was very important to me - a gazebo in the popular Eden Park.

I visited this gazebo as a young girl when my grandparents took me to Eden Park. My grandfather was mason/bricklayer. As a little girl, I would often ask him what buildings he had built around the city. One day, he took my brother and myself to this park to see the brickwork at the base of this gazebo. He had been on the team of bricklayers that worked on this beautiful landmark. It has remained one of my favorite memories of my grandfather.

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For this quilt, I used printable cotton sheets to print a photograph of the gazebo along with the vintage sign that adorns the entrance of the park. In the closeups below, you can see the awesome vintage sign and the tufts of grass I added using embroidery thread. All fabrics are cotton with the exception of the river, which is a beatiful, rich, blue batik. The same "river" fabric was used on all member's rivers creating a continity between panels. When we signed up, we were assigned to have or river begin at 6" wide or 3" wide and then end in either 3" wide or 6" wide. This allowed the panels to be placed side by side, showing the river that runs through our great city.

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Isn't it striking? I loved this challenge, and I'm glad I took it on.

Here are the pictures from the quilt show! Enjoy :)

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Piece Out
-Babs

5 comments:

orchidlover said...

I love your mini quilt.

What a great idea. The quilts look fabulous together

jillquilts said...

Very ingenious on the tufts of grass!!! Your quilt looks great!

Regina said...

Love it! I've never done something "fun" like this - I tend to make snuggly BIG quilts -this is a great little outlet for some awesome techniques!!!

Jeanie Callaghan said...

Awesome, awesome quilt! I love the idea of the river running through it.

Stray Stitches said...

What a neat idea. I love your panel!