I began this quilt in a "Fabulous Facades" workshop with Gloria Loughman. It's based on a photograph that my daughter took while living in Valparaiso, Chile. I love the primary colors of the buildings, the strong shadows, and all the details of the plants and laundry.
Creating and attaching all the little 3D laundry items was probably the biggest challenge on this quilt. I used several different kinds of fabric, treated to reduce raveling, but still be somewhat drapeable. In the end, I discovered that cotton knit underwear was probably the best fabric for this, so I sacrificed some older pairs to the cause! I also used designer samples of real curtain fabric for the window coverings.
"Valparaiso Rowhouses" will be on display at the 2017 Pacific International Quilt Festival, as well as the Junctures I exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles in October-November 2017.
Started and finished this quilt in November 2016, but had difficulty in knowing how to hang a large circular quilt. Had about 3 suggestions from quilters, but none of them worked. So, it sat over my stair rails until I made this decision. Last week on August 6, 2017, I simply pinned it up with push pins, so that is how you see it in the photo. It is large and heavy for a 5' little lady. But looks great on my upstairs wall.
Pattern directions were easy to follow, but took a bit of time and space to put it all together. I added the approximately 9" border and additional gold rick-rack to give the overall look a bit of a spark. It required 6 yards of fabric plus the purchase of a 25" triangle ruler. There are 24 panels, each 7" wide, in the main circle of the quilt. You had to be precise in cutting to ensure proper spacing of each panel. I wanted to have a large black background, to which I would affix the quilt, but that is another challenge I may face in the future. Or not.