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A Walk in My Woods

Project Quilting, Challenge 5



In our area many of the buildings were built in the 1930s. With this in mind, I was inspired by the art deco architecture of the time, such as the starburst above the doors of the Milwaukee Gas Light Building. Coincidentally, the New York Beauty Quilt-along just started and this week Kim of My Go-Go Life headed up the first tutorial (it's a pretty awesome tutorial with lots of tips for those who even have paper piecing backgrounds). So with this in mind, I started making some of these NY Beauty Blocks (they remind me of the starburst).


My colors were based off my street and city names and state. These ended up being:

A: Aqua

M: Medium Candy Apple Red

W: Wild watermelon


As I culled my fabric, I realized that I didn't really have much pink! Thankfully I had a charm pack of A Walk in the Woods, which gave me a little bit of pink. I also had some Kona Cotton Pearl Pink for the background, so I figured I'd work with these.


The Walk in the Woods fabric line influenced my design as I decided that the "where I live" also should represent all the fun twists and turns in life. I wanted to literally have someone walking through the twists and turns. This turned out to be little Red Riding Hood (since there is a red-caped girl in the fabric line). And though she confronts a wolf in her fairy tale, I decided she would meet a Fox (because foxes are reddish [one of my colors!] and there really are foxes in my area).


I ultimately chose this design because the "walking path" (curves of the NY beauty block) don't always perfectly match and I quilted to make the path feel a bit maze-like at times.


Made in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and measures 30" square. I'm also now completely paper-pieced out!

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Taken on March 11, 2012