Dusk is the fifth quilt of this year’s Fifteen by Fifteen challenge. I am following the chosen artist. In my case it was a Russian painter Arkhip Kuindzhi (1841- 1910), whose style was realism. I am not copying his works but only am following his style that had a focus on light effects. In all his paintings light plays a very important role. I already made four quilts in his style: Moonlight on the Atlantic Ocean, Antelope Canyon , The Sunset and Summertime or Lithuanian Landscape.
For 7 years I’ve been mesmerized by the photo of Richard Doughty, published in AramcoWorld magazine in 2015:
In this photo walls, windows, doors and satellite dishes tessellate at twilight into a patchwork pattern in the madinah, or walled old city, of Fez, Morocco, as a pedestrian passes into view along one of the city’s typically narrow stone streets.
I always wanted to make a quilt of the full size of this photo but it seemed impossible. This challenge gave me a chance to make a smaller version, where I used only a small part of the photo:
It still looked very complicated keeping in mind that I had only one week to make this quilt. It has been a very busy September that I spent mostly traveling.
As always I started by making a pencil drawing of the photo on Picasa, printing out both- strait and reverse images:
I used the reverse image to cut pieces from Wonder Under to be cut out of the fabric and stuck in place. To be accurate I placed the straight image under the piece of muslin:
The most difficult part was to cut and arrange fabric pieces the way that one margin would always be covered by the piece next to it. I couldn’t rush using the hot iron either to make sure everything is in place before fusing. That’s how I built the quilt top:
As always free motion machine quilting is my favorite part of quilt making. I densely quilted it.
It took me three days of fusing and two days of quilting to finish this quilt. I am quite satisfied with the result but I don’t think I will ever make a quilt using the entire photo.
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