Thursday, February 9, 2012

"Downtown"

Whew.......I finally finished "Downtown"!  Now I don't dare move it because it's so fragile with just my hand stitched-down windows holding those 165 fused window pieces in place.  I really should hang it, I suppose, but my ambition has flown out the window today.  My hubby brought home a cold last week and although I stayed away from him as much as I could, I'm feeling a dilly of a scratchy throat this morning!  UGH!  I hope this isn't the beginning of something!  The past two days I've also taken a nap, which isn't like me at all (unless I'm bored out of my mind....like during Christmas when my sewing machine is packed away for a couple of weeks.)  I still haven't made my partner's quilt for the Fab Little Quilt swap either....(the whimsey one that you all are waiting for, I'm thinking????)  I'm actually trying to decide if I should attempt free piecing, OR go to my fusing standby process.  (I probably could whip it up that way in no time........but free piecing might be a real challenge.  OH what to do??)  While I'm sitting here deciding, there's no reason I can't show you "Downtown" all finished, I suppose:

"Downtown" - completed

And here is a close up of the gazillion windows:

A close up of the windows

I think that quilt would be really cool above the desk of a city planner, don't you?  Too bad I don't know any city planners!!  Oh well............I think I'll go take a couple of Tylenol's now.  Even my Diet Pepsi isn't helping me this morning........ugh!!

32 comments:

Lesley said...

Oh my goodness! This is absolutely stunning! You have such a creative soul, and I love the way you embrace color! You should be so very proud of this! Now, get better so you can create some more masterpieces! Be well!

Quiltingdaisy said...

Please run out immediately and get some 'Airborne' the sooner you take it the better and don't be stingy. I chew 4 tablets 3-4 times the first day and then the next day lower the amount gradually based on how much better I'm feeling.
Stick with your old stand by technique, Its the one your most comfortable with and nothing new should be tried unless you are well and loaded with energy.
Hugs

stitchinpenny said...

Thanks for the great idea! My son in law is a city planner and maybe a city of his own is in his future.

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh! That quilt is amazing! All those windows and the colors and handstitching. All I can really say is WOW! You are truly gifted. Now go to bed and rest. Time to turn off the creative juices and get better.

Ursula

Teje said...

ABSOLUTELY ONE OF MY FAVOURITES!
Once again: thank you so much for your colour inspiration! x Teje

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

Fantastic quilt! Feel better soon:)

Larissa said...

So sorry to hear you're not feeling well!! It's not nice to have a scratchy throat! ... "Downtown" looks fantastic!! I am amazed at the genius designs your mind and hand creates! They are truly gorgeous ... and these buildings are just darling with their little windows all worked in there!! ... Hope you're feeling better soon!!

Margaret said...

How lovely! All of your work just makes me smile and feel happy--isn't that what it's all about?

Michelle said...

Wow!

Annie said...

Maybe you could gift it to your city building inspector ...what?...you aren't feeling politically generous? Maybe you need a return favor some day ... you know! jk Downtown is awesome!

Mary said...

Emergen-C works for when I'm feeling a cold coming on. Drink that OJ instead of the Pepsi. My BIL is a City Planner but I think it's a little bright for him. Have a nice Nap today too and get feeling better.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

I am sorry Carol, but I am speechless and for me that is something!! This is so amazing!! I could become a City Planner, the bright colors just blow mw away!! It is a work of art!

Deb said...

Gorgeous (of course!!) Take some echinacea, it works great for me!!

Christine M said...

Your quilt is just stunning.

Trudi said...

Gobsmackingly gorgeous! Hope you feel better soon :)x

Judy said...

Carol, that is an amazing quilt.

Allie said...

This is beyond words - so fabulous!!!!! I love it so much!

Nancy B said...

So sorry you are not feeling well, Carol. I buy tea bags called Throat Coat when my throat feels scratchy. You can look in the herbal teas or the health section at the market. Honey and cinnamon is soothing also. Love your quilt...I think you outdid yourself! Get better soon!

Sewconsult said...

I love the finished quilt. The wide white border is the perfect frame.
Beckie in Brentwood, TN

Nicole said...

I love Downtown! It's gorgeous! I agree it would be great for a city planner, but it will be stunning wherever it hangs.
I hope you feel better soon.

Johanna said...

that is so fabulous! Thanks for sharing the photos of your process, it's inspiring.

Susan said...

I think Gobsmackingly gorgeous sums it up! (Thanks Trudi). Plenty of vitamin c, water, rest & paracetamol/ibroprufen (whatever your brand names are) is what you need.

Rettabug said...

Poop...sounds like you're getting sick, Carol. I hope it goes away quickly & doesn't hang around for 3 weeks, like mine. Ugh!

Your downtown quilty is darling...what a daunting task to hand sew all those windows! Yikes!!

Do hang it up for all to enjoy.

Hugs,
Rett
Feel better!

Vickie said...

Downtown is wonderful! I love it! It's so colorful and fun!
Take care!

pinsandneedles said...

I love it! Your use of color is amazing!
Can I ask what solid fabrics you use...Moda Bella solids, Kaufman Kona, etc?

Wendy said...

Wow! Incredible, but then that's what I've come to expect of you! As for the quilt, why not do one fused and one pieced?

Jen said...

Love it! I think this is very whimsy too :) this is gorgeous! Hope you are feeling better.

Anonymous said...

Your quilts bring me much joy! You know that don't you? :)
Brenda

Tracee said...

Inspirationly wonderful. Get some hot lemon & honey drink into you a.s.a.p. Nothing like getting on top of a cold.

jacquie said...

hope you're feeling better...this is fab..totally fab!!

karen said...

Hey Im a city planner and my husband is a city planner too - this is marvelous.

Sharon B said...

I will need to see what kind of inspiration to take from this - I am a city planner and historic preservationist - what fun to have a quilt like this in my office!