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Love in the City | by AllThingsBelle
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Love in the City

Jennifer Rodriguez - West Jordan, Utah

14.5" square


I love the idea of using architecture as an inspiration base. I struggled with not wanting it to be too literal, but still obviously connected to the original idea. This quilt had a very long train of thought (I will be blogging about the process with photos later this evening).


The Empire State Building with the heart comes from the movie, "Sleepless in Seattle". I then moved this icon into a very feminine, lovey version of Van Gogh's "Starry Night". I wanted to have fun with well known icons and shake it up. What if Van Gogh had focused on a building in his piece rather than nature? I played with taking a literal representation and a more impressionistic background.


The quilt is raw edge applique. I tried a new technique of over saturating the fabric with starch to reduce shredding. There is lots of free motion quilting - I played with using different color bobbin threads to see the results. I also painted all over it in both fabric and acrylic craft paint.


I would have love to do more thread painting, but time was an issue. I also would have liked to remove the heart from the building, but as it was the inspiration for felt necessary to keep.


I really played with some new ideas here. I really enjoy the love and feminine aspects of this quilt. While I enjoy Van Gogh, it was nice to "lighten" up the mood.



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Taken on January 15, 2012