A while back Rachel @ The Life of Riley put a call out for an opening in the group Four-in-Art, of which she is a member. I asked to join and they actually accepted! Thanks for putting in a good word for me, Rachel. I hope I don’t embarrass myself too much.
So, basically this group works on four challenges (1 each quarter) a year based on an overall theme. All the finished quilts measure 12X12, since the group was modeled after the group Twelve by 12. Go check out their stuff, you’ll be glad you did.
This year the theme is “urban” and for this quarter “maps” was the chosen challenge. You may remember I gave you this sneaky peeky a few weeks back.
So, for “maps” I was immediately drawn to the idea of incorporating symbols that are found in the key or legend on most maps. As a kid, when we went over maps in school, I distinctly remember loving to search for all the symbols found in the key. It’s sort of like “Where’s Waldo“.
The symbol I decided to use as my inspiration was the symbol above for “bridge”. I gravitated toward the symbol’s bold graphic shape. I was also aiming for something a little simple my first time out. I didn’t want to sprain anything, ya know?
When I signed up for the Four-in-Art group, I told myself it was to challenge myself to try new things. Art quilts really fascinate me. But, since I’m one of the newbies, I was a little daunted to create something that one might classify as art. I have no background in art. I was a business major in college for crying out loud. I was shaking in my boots over this challenge. Fun fact: this Texan (born and raised, as we say) has never owned a pair of cowboy boots. I know, you think we all have ten gallon hats too. ha!
“Patchwork Bridge” quilt #17 is my answer to the “maps” challenge. I must say, I wouldn’t call this quilt “art”. I know I am being hard on myself, but that is only because I would really like improve upon this first attempt in the next challenge. In trying to keep it simple, I ended up making it boring. No one wants a boring quilt…well it may help put you to sleep.
The blocks that comprise the patchwork bridge are 2″ paper pieced (foundation pieced) blocks. Doesn’t paper piecing feel like cheating sometimes? Glorious! There is no way I would be able to make such small blocks with out paper piecing. Anyway, making some tiny blocks was on my to-do list for a while. I’m glad I gave it a shot. It was a lot of fun and you will be seeing more tiny blocks from me in the future.
In a misguided attempt to add interest after the fact, I went a little overboard with the echo quilting.
Doesn’t it sort of remind you of the Michelin Man? Haha.
Ultimately I still learned a lot of from this challenge. I now realize I need devise a plan for each challenge and choose a new skill to learn. I think that these tactics will save my end result from being thrown into boring category – at least to me.
Anyway, this is going down as my longest post ever!
Short and sweet summary: I will try a “artsy” new-to-me-skill next challenge. I am really excited about it.
Thanks to the Four-in-Art group for letting me join in on the fun!
Please head over over and check out the other Four in art-ers’ work:
Leanne of She Can Quilt
Rachel of The Life of Riley
Betty from her Flickr site
Elizabeth of OccasionalPiece–Quilt
Nancy of Patchwork Breeze
Anne of SpringLeaf Studios
Carla of Lollyquiltz
Patchwork Bridge is item # 3 on my Q4 Finish-a-long list.
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