With framing borders added, I stitched the looped mohair yarn on by hand. This proved to be a delicate yarn, and I snagged a few loops which then became fluff! Oh no! I gave the fluffy places a crew cut and vowed to be more careful.
Then I fused the last fabric shapes onto the borders. I’m hoping the floral elements in the lower left corner will lead the eye into the city and not compete for attention. Other embellishing shapes added to the gold and maroon “frames” should create some playful interest/texture and provide relief from the straight lines of the borders.
A bit of hand embroidery should make for softer transitions between shapes. Here’s a lazy daisy stitch in light/medium green. Any hand embroidery I choose to add from now on will fall in to the “labor of love” category. It’s not necessary, but it adds more texture and a hand-done touch.
Making cityscapes in fabric is so much like creating them in paint. The “Park Avenue” painting (right) I recently finished was also made in a layering process and has a similar color palette. You can see more color ideas in both quilting and painting at: http://karengillistaylor.wordpress.com/
I’ll call this art quilt “Anna’s Town” for my mom who taught me to sew. I made this little city quilt with mom’s vintage Necchi machine. Thank you mamasita! Miss you.