When Victoria posted a new challenge on the 15 minutes play blog, I was in before I had read through the whole post. It might have something to do with the need of distraction from my fear of finishing the Whatever quilt, but more likely it was the theme that drew me in. Architecture Challenge, imagine all the possibilities! You can read about the challenge here.
I have been through several ideas for inspirational pictures. The first that popped in my head was a picture I took at the Canary Islands a couple of years ago. I loved the rounded shape of the white stairs against the red.
Looking at it now, the picture itself was not as great as I remembered (are they ever?), so I moved on to my favourite architect and favourite building – Casa Batllô by Antoni Gaudi (none of the following pictures of the building are mine). On my first visit to Barcelona we only got to see the exterior, which by all means is simply amazing
Wouldn’t it be the perfect inspiration for a quilt! I thought so, but then I remembered we are to use made fabrics in the quilt and somehow that did not work with what I had in my head. You can read more about the building here.
Having spent too much time browsing through Google Images, in the end I landed close to home, at a trade school near where we live. The building is a couple of years old and I still haven’t been inside even though I was following the building process eagerly. The façade is very modern and striking, and would fit perfectly for this challenge.
I want to use this opportunity to experiment with free-form-but-not-improvisational piecing, so as a first exercise I made a rough sketch, just catching how the light and shadows and angles create dept.
Next I did another sketch focusing more on proportions and angles.
I think I’ll use this as a blueprint. I just need to finish the Whatever quilt first, oh where, oh where did that inspiration go...