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« on: January 16, 2012 04:49:40 AM »

Hi fellow quilters... This is one of two projects I finished just in time for the holidays this year.

I decided I wanted to interpret the London Tube Map into a quilt design, focusing in on the main Zone 1 area and fading out into a patchwork border. 

I used graph paper to mark out and plan the 1" squares which make up the map part of the quilt, but improvised as I went building up with longer strips and 2" squares as well... so it wouldn't look too precise (and also a little bit because the prospect of cutting and assembling over 3500 1" squares was just too much for me to get my head around).

As I got towards the edges I started fading out with squares from my purple and grey border and then created a border to encompass the map and frame it.

I quilted the map with a light thread in a diagonal criss-cross pattern, and then quilted over the outer frame with a darker purple thread with wavy lines to break up the geometric pattern a bit more.

There is a blog post about the quilt here if you want to take a closer look! thanks.


Would love to get your feedback, critique and comments!

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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2012 04:57:41 AM »

oh my goodness that's amazing!
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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2012 06:36:02 AM »

Simply amazing!
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2012 06:58:24 AM »

I love London underground maps of any kind!  When I saw the thumbnail, I knew exactly what it was! How awesome and original!  I would never have the patience to do anything in 1" squares!

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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2012 07:21:40 AM »

I like the way you kept the pattern recognizable, yet made it very unique by fading the pattern and changing the size of your squares.  I'm sure the recipient will love it!

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« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2012 11:48:48 AM »

This is beyond amazing! I would kill to have this in my house!

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« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2012 02:15:24 PM »

Love it!  I keep thinking of doing one like that for our transit map... but we've only got like 4 lines so it's a bit silly. =P  Love how you framed it in the darker colors.

« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2012 07:40:40 PM »

This is great - the time it must have taken you to cut up the shapes & stitch back together in the correct pattern! I really admire your abilities.
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« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2012 09:20:30 PM »


« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2012 02:30:17 AM »

Oh wow. thanks for the amazing feedback. I really appreciate your comments.

It was a challenge to take something which is such a design classic and interpret in a way that made it different, but still recognisable... so I tried to play around with using softer colours, with the hope of finding a balance between making something too sharp and jarring and turning the design into something too folksy/twee. if that makes any sense.

The 1 inch squares were a bit of a challenge but as you can see I cheated quite a lot using 2 inch squares, 2" by 1" strips, getting bigger and bigger towards the edges of the quilt... but I liked the randomness of this look, rather than the precision of straightforward perfect nine-patches within nine-patches within nine-patches.

Also - It was a great way to use up little scraps!

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