I have a thing for maps. There's evidence of it here on the blog (here, here and here), and I have a Pinterest board dedicated to map things. So when I saw the map handkerchiefs from Muji I knew they had to be mine (and my mum kindly detoured to Muji on a trip to New York in 2011 and bought the Tokyo, London Paris and New York versions for me). They don't seem to make them anymore so I'm very glad to have them, but then wasn't quite sure what to do with them. They're big, 50cm squares, and I didn't want to cut them up. I loved the baby quilt I'd seen made out of 4 maps, but I really needed a bigger couch quilt, so was thinking about interspersing them with some other fabrics, and then realised that the handprinted grey fabrics that I'd received in printing swaps would be perfect.
The hand printed squares are from Alison (top left), Kirsten (top right), Michelle (centre), Leslie (bottom left) and Mel (bottom right). I pieced them together and then quilted them with wonky lines. I love the contrast of the precise detail of the maps and the abstraction of the hand prints.
I backed it in Art Gallery Fabrics Triangularity in Sterling (from Hawthorne Threads), and chose the purple for the binding at Remnant Warehouse. I actually pieced the top last January, and started quilting it in February or March, but then put it away for some reason - I think the quilting was a bit lumpy and I got discouraged. I was picked it up again as part of the new year clean up, and by the boy child asking when I would finish it, since he had outgrown the old couch quilt. When I got it out a couple of weeks ago it wasn't nearly as bad as I had remembered and I finished it off in no time. "Finished is better than perfect", right?
To finish off, here are some inside shots, where you can see the detail on the hand printed pieces better. They are beauties.
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