Looking at maps sets me to dreaming of adventures, so for this prompt I looked for one that epitomizes that feeling. This one has beautiful soft colors, and so many details you feel like you could jump in and time travel.
|Londinium feracissimi Angliae regni metropolis, 1572.|
First I chose just part of the map where I really liked the shapes of the neighborhoods, and then I placed the Thames directly beneath them, editing away whole areas of the real London. And of course once I got working on it, very few of the shapes matched the originals.
I made big panels of scraps and then cut them into the shapes I needed. Originally I thought about using textile paint over all to give a more antique feel, but I ended up liking the colors of the scraps and kept them as they were.
For the city areas, I outlined the shapes with piping and other trims; for the rural areas, I did free motion "scribbling" to evoke the hedges in the original map. (I wish I had remembered the technique of mounting those shapes on black felt to create a nice outline. Next time.)
|Detail of the "neighborhoods."|
I could definitely go back in and free-motion stitch little cobbles in all the pathways, and stitch little boats in the Thames, and I could add some more shapes to the white space, but overall I do like this quilt. It's got a sort of kids'-storybook vibe to it, I think. Looking at it reminds me of the time I spent perusing the original and enjoying all the details.