A while back I was blessed to receive the Parson Gray Seven Wonders collection from David Butler. And it took me a while longer to decide what I was going to make. I wanted to make something original, that would impress Mr. Butler. I started thinking about what his inspiration for the collection may have been…the seven wonders of the ancient world. Pyramids, the hanging gardens of Babylon, Zeus at Olympus… I thought of different egyptian patterns… On and on, but nothing was really grabbing me. Then while looking at some aerial imagery at work one day, it hit me. The patterns and colors reminded me of the earth. And what better way to showcase these fabrics than in a map quilt! And being originally from Michigan I knew it had to be a map of Michigan!
I used google earth to get a view of Michigan I thought would work as a quilt, and I used the latitude and longitude lines as a rough guide for my patchwork. I decided with the different colors in the collection the blues and whites would be the great lakes surrounding the lower peninsula, and the grays oranges and greens would be the land. And with those three different color groups for the land it would be perfect to show the change of seasons moving down the state with the grays being winter to the north, orange fall in the middle and lush green summer in the south.
Because longitude and latitude lines don’t make a perfect grid I decided my blocks needed to be 4.5 inches wide X 5 inches tall (unfinished). This would result in a nice size quilt and would hopefully keep the right proportion for my map. Along the boundary between my land and my lakes I am free hand cutting curved pieces that I think will approximate the curving coast of Michigan. Once I have all of my coastline done I think this quilt top will come together quickly. It is a little slow going, but with lots of other projects in the works I am givig myself credit for getting this much done so far. What is your work in progress?