This is a parking garage next to the historic Sears building
in the Crosstown neighborhood of Memphis, TN. It's very heavy and clunky and doesn't match the more elegant art deco Sears structure at all. But it has its own possibilities, don't you think?
It really just screams to be made into a quilt. So I did.
To avoid the trauma of quilting a large piece on a home machine, I used a quilt as you go method and it worked out wonderfully. I made the blocks, stitched them into nine larger blocks and then quilted the larger blocks to a square of batting.
I sewed the larger blocks together to complete the top and added a vintage sheet for the back. I did some vertical and horizontal stitching in the ditch, leaving a large grid pattern on the back. This time I was quilting the whole huge thing, but only with a few straight lines. A scrappy binding made from leftover fabric finished it off.
The prints are all leftovers from this stack of thrifted clothes
I had cut up and sent out for a block swap
. The white is RJR Handspray purchased at my LQS.
And here it is is- The Crosstown Quilt.
I will be giving this as a birthday gift tomorrow to an unsuspecting recipient who likes orange.
(For more details and hints on the quilt-as-you-go method, clink the link to my blog as the bottom of the post)