Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Architecture Challenge

Long ago there was a girl (moi)  with a studio who had an AMAZING view north from her loft in NYC... She could see the McGraw Hill Building on 42nd street and beyond! Then! GASP! Those cheap hotels moved into the hood..Companies buying up all the empty lots left in NYC to build hotels! There goes the neighborhood! ( And the girls view!)

But as she was a quilter, sometimes the view affects how one works, and her work started to reflect her vision... So the NEW view, became a quilt.
 Cheap Hotels, 2009, Victoria Findlay Wolfe
Using up all her scraps, (moi)  that were stuffed into a box for a rainy day, the girl (moi) 
 improvisation-ally and intuitively,  began "making fabric" from the bits, and cutting here and there, and adding an d BUILDING until she had a finished product...

then something even more disturbing happened...
More workers and cranes appeared right outside her window...
and eventually her new view is now this...
Now one could be sad by this, or happy,
 depending on how it affected your property value, or your LIGHT...

OR, one could deal with the view and build, (like the building) yet another quilt...

The new view is not as exciting as the old view, and in fact, the LIGHT does get refracted beautifully into the girls studio.  So she may whine a bit,but only just a bit... 

So.

When one needs inspiration, one just needs to....

Look into your neighbors windows!
no no no, just kidding... ( well sort of)

Just look outside...


So the NEW CHALLENGE is to:

Make a QUILT based on some sort of ARCHITECTURE.

I'd like to ask that we make them all a certain size...  
24" X 30"  vertical or Horizontal... 

(Only because sometimes size makes you approach your fabrics differently!
And maybe we can do something FUN with these afterwards...)

and 
you must have a REFERENCE PHOTO to work from... (POST IT HERE)
and
Contain some scrappy MADE FABRIC somewhere in the quilt.


Comment here if you are in!

Once you have your Inspiration Architecture image, Please POST your image here.
If you do not have posting rights on the blog,
you can email me your image and I will post it for you.

Time frame:
I know many are busy, 
but many are keen to have a new challenge...
I set the date for July 6th for finishes...
only because I know some need a deadline!

I could set up a linky at the deadline date,
 to all those people who want to participate...

Perhaps, I will bring in a guest judge again ,and we can have a mini display of these 
with a few gifties to those who participate...
Only to those who participate & finish the quilt...of course.


So.

Get inspired!
PLAY!

I can't wait to see what you find to inspire!

So, once more:

Theme:
Architecture

Size:
24" X 30" vertical or horizontal

Must include:
 MADE FABRIC inside the quilt.
work improvisation-ally, on intuitively

Deadline:
 July 6th

*post your PHOTO inspiration
 and process

are you in?




31 comments:

Maureen said...

What a challenge! I would love to take part but I am having hand surgery on Monday, and could be about 3/4 weeks before I am back into serious sewing so I wouldn't be able to guarantee having said quilt finished. However if my hand recovers quickly I could give it a go!

Vanessa Lynch said...

Count me in! I know just what I want to do -- if only I can find the picture. :)

Carol E. said...

Love this challenge! I'll give it a try.

Shelly said...

I believe I'm gonna try this one. I've been wanting to do a quilt based on architecture (which around here means: our barn), and I need some ME play time in between all the have-tos, so I'm gonna try this. The size is good for me to get it out of my system, and you're right -- I need the deadline!

knitnkwilt said...

Sounds like a great idea. And luckily I am headed for an architecture tour of OldTown/ChinaTowm this week. A good place to start.

roccagal said...

I LUV this I know just what I want to do!!!

Irelle said...

I think I will give this one a try! Improvisation is a stretch for me but just what I need right now!

Sewing In CT said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE
I am a builder at heart.
Legos, Dollhouses, NYC skyscrapers, custom homes and quilts.
Count me in...it will be so hard to pick a picture but I have an idea...
the size limit is perfect.

Willa said...

Sounds exciting!!! So many buildings to consider! I look forward to another great challenge. Thanks again in advance!

Elli said...

Count me in! I've been thinking about this for awhile. I'll have to get my camera out.

JaneB said...

I'm in! Is it okay if I combine this challenge with my guild challenge requiring a "Cottage in the Country"?

Barbara said...

I'm in and I love the Architecture theme. I'll be on Lopez Island, WA. in two weeks. I'm sure to find some inspiration there.

Nina Lise@Mrs Moen said...

I'm in! I even think I have my inspiration picture on my laptop, I have been saving it since we were at the Canary Islands two years ago.

The Reader said...

Oh! I think I'll try this! Someone will have to give me directions on the where & how of sharing photos and all....I'm brand new to reading this blog (though V, I read your other blog). Got your book for mother's day this year (e-book) and so I am ready to play!

em's scrapbag said...

Looking forward to the challenge. Thanks for hosting.

Quilt Whisperer said...

This sounds great! Count me in.

Venus de Hilo said...

Oh yes, I'm in. July 6th sounds laughably impossible, but hey, it could happen.

LynneP said...

I think Cheap Hotels may be my favorite quilt that I've seen of yours! It is stunning! (IMHO)

sophie said...

I've been wanting to improvise something based on the adobe houses on hillsides around here. I posted this photo last December–though it like won't be my inspiration photo, you can get the idea ...

Terry said...

I'm in just need the rain to clear so I can photo shoot my structure.

Willa said...

I would love to see the photos others are using NOW, before they start working. I have too many ideas! I think it would help to see what others are tackling.

Victoria Findlay Wolfe said...

Thats's the idea. People will be posting their images soon. Looking forward to seeing what you select!

Nathalie said...

This sounds like fun. I am not sure what architecture around here will be quilt worthy, but I may have to drive around with my camera and see what takes a fancy with me. Lot's of hotels and apartments going up - due to housing shortage here they may spark something fun.

cath b said...

Planning done...ready to start

Miki Willa said...

I'm in. This is just what I need to add to my already packed schedule - something creative and fun!

ellen gets crafty said...

Count me in - another great challenge!

wisconsinquilting said...

I'll give it a try!

Brenda said...

I'd like to participate, although I said that with the tea towel one and got derailed. oops.

patty a. said...

I guess I hadn't checked 15 minutes to play for a while, because I didn't know you were having this challange. I would like to join if it is not too late. I have some pictures I took this past Monday in Cleveland at the Flats. I ended up at the Bret Michaels concert and I have some shots of the bridge behind him. I think I will use that as my inspiration. I will email you my pictures.

fiberchick said...

I LOVE this challenge!!!

Ellen November said...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/enovember/8988024652/

Mine might be more 'from my window' than architectural, but I'm loving what I'm doing. Thank you Victoria for the inspiration.