For a long time, I’ve wanted to do a house quilt. And with the debut of my first fabric line, Architextures–an homage to my architectural roots–I thought it a fitting opportunity to create one. Instead of creating just one house to repeat, I decided to have an adventure by exploring a variety of houses. After all, that is what I see in my favorite neighborhoods, a charming mix of different architectural styles and house types. So, I started the design journey for this quilt in my hometown, roaming the streets with my sketchbook and camera in hand. I toured some of the oldest neighborhoods looking for interesting details to use in my quilt. I found loads of character in porches, awnings, and rooflines. In the end, there are 9 spaces (blocks) that make up the quilt.
As a creative bonus, I commissioned Alexandra Reisman to create a series of nine original short stories. These stories offer a snapshot of life in each house (and non-house), adding another creative dimension to the project.
Project size : 61″ x 72-1/4″
Local is a printed, physical pattern that includes all 9 portions of the Block-Of-The-Month project.
Techniques : Paper/foundation piecing and basic piecing
Pattern extras : This pattern includes a series of original short stories by Alexandra Reisman, as well as an illustrated technique glossary, handy tip section, quilting diagrams, and directions for making a hanging sleeve.