72” x 35”
This is my quilt, Suburbs. I made the quilt top up in 2010, along with a number of other quilt tops in a series using this motif. The original intent of this quilt was to explore the individuality of housing units along with the similarity of structure which makes a community. It is connected with the theme of the series, which is exploring human development and the balance of green space. I had intentionally mowed down all the trees. The black color represents the death of nature. Each house was quilted with a different motif, and different color scheme to represent the individual within the community. The eery part of this is the 'when' of the equation. I started working on this one, and then the communities around me caught on fire. Bastrop and Steiner Ranch (east and west of Austin) had giant fires, lots of homes were lost. I thought about rebuilding the communities on the black soil and knew the timing was definitely connected to this project.
You might recognize these last two photos. I have already posted about the quilting lines and threads (Superior Threads) in an earlier post, focusing mainly on the quilting motifs. It is here if you would like to revisit it! Thanks for stopping by!