Walkabout has been a work in progress for well over a year, and I finally decided that I just needed to get it finished and entered into some shows. The first entry is into the American Quilter’s Society Spring Paducah Quilt Week.
The idea for this quilt came when I was walking through German Village, a historic neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio. This pattern of embossed brick kept appearing in the sidewalks, and it just cried out to become a quilt design!
I wanted to maintain the feeling of an embossed design, so I knew that I wanted to work with two fabrics and focus on value and density of quilting to create the texture. I designed the quilt on AutoCad, which helped me to create accurate templates for all of this very specific piecing. The lighter fabric is a Moda Grunge print, and the darker areas are a Kona solid.
The design is entirely machine pieced, and each circular ring is cut as a single piece which is set into the adjoining circles. Here is a back view of part of the quilt top:
For the quilting, I decided to keep it simple for the light blue-grey fabric, but do a more dense design in the dark blue areas. I was very undecided on what to do for the denser quilting, but I ultimately landed on doing mixed motif organic quilting. I liked the idea of exploring the juxtaposition of the geometric embossing of the brick with the leaves, moss, and pebbles that land on and surround the brick.
Size: 53″ x 68″
Techniques: Machine Piecing
Quilting: Free motion quilting and ruler work on an A-1 Longarm
Fabric: Moda Grunge and Kona cotton
Batting: Hobbs Tuscany Wool
Thread: Quilted with Aurifil 50wt in two colors matching each fabric
Binding: Faced with the Moda grunge backing