Friday, August 1, 2014

Steps - Ta Da!

Steps

Let me introduce you to Steps. She is a 12" mini quilt made from prints from the new Cotton + Steel Basic prints with one of the Mustang prints in the centre and on the back. Steps is my quilt for this round of the Four in Art challenge group I am in. The theme this round was urban contrasts.

Steps

As usual, I dread this challenge. Don't get me wrong, it has the best people in it, and they make fantastic quilts. But a good part of me rebels against having to make "another mini quilt" (and yes, the challenge expanded the size options but not by that much, not enough to make a quilt that can be cuddled in by any size person), to a set theme, and have it done on a set day. In the end, however, I think that understanding all those reactions has been the biggest thing I have learned from this group.

Steps

So, a reasonable person might be wondering, how is this pretty courthouse steps block in any way related to the theme urban contrasts? I had no idea about this theme. I love cities, the bigger the better. The fabric of the city, to me, is all about its contrasts. The contrasts make the city, are the city, are not contrasts but are the city.

Steps

I made a block that is a set of contrasts, like the fabric of the city. It feels modern and bright, with dense matchstick quilting, in that modern industrial style I love. Yet, log cabin blocks are as old as quilting. Then again, the courthouse steps block is a variation on a log cabin block, so another contrast. There is that funky print in the centre, a modern throw back to the traditional red hearth in a log cabin quilt.

Steps

In the city, I work in court houses, yet I make quilts. Modern, professional, cutting edge work, yet a very traditional hobby. But then I make modern industrial style quilts, often improv and different. Steps, however is a very traditional block and I even measured and trimmed each log. Somehow, she still looks cutting edge. Contrasts everywhere.

The log colours and quilting were chosen, by the way, to represent day and night. In the city the night sky is not that dark, and filled with lights and reflections, the city is busy, and a bit dangerous, where you need to be more aware, at night. Yet in the daytime, the sky is lovely, the buildings look new and shiny, there is a lot going on but you can let your guard down a bit, just a bit more relaxed. Well, you can decide if this little quilt captures any of that for you.

Steps

The back. This print just reminds me of pyrex dishes. I am using my grandmother's and my mother's pyrex dishes. Many bloggers collect them as special vintage dishes. For me they are just familiar, and I love them. Retro, vintage, ordinary, useful - more contrasts. Oh, and the red binding, is just because, yet another contrast.

Steps

And Steps, well that is what I am taking in this quilting journey, in all my journeys, just taking steps. I hope you like Steps. You can check out the quilts of my friends in the Four in Art group by following the links below.