Friday, March 23, 2018

Skyline ~ A Sampler Quilt in Progress

I grew up in Shanghai, (now) the most populous city in the world, so I've always been a city girl at heart. Even though I live in the suburbs right now, my heart always beats a little faster whenever I see pictures of a skyline. It's been on my mind to make a skyline quilt, but I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do until I saw pictures of the Art Gallery Fabrics booth at QuiltCon 2017. AGF built a cardboard backdrop inspired by the Miami skyline, and when I saw it, I knew then that I wanted to do something like that in quilt form.

I wanted to make my quilt in the style of a sampler quilt, with each building being built with different types of blocks. I'm not into anything too complicated, so all of the buildings are made of basic blocks.

First I designed a rough version in EQ7:

Using EQ7 helps me visualize proportions and also play with color a bit, so that I have a general idea of how my color scheme will work out.

Well, I think my finished buildings look pretty close to the version I envisioned:

I can tell already that this quilt will be a blast to quilt!


  1. Very cool! I love each unique row of blocks you've made up. I love a beautiful skyline, too. Tokyo is my family's favorite skyline, especially with Tokyo Tower in view. Does Shanghai have a famous building in it's skyline?

  2. This is so cool, Liz! I love the color palette and the different blocks you used.

  3. What a fun design, Liz! Looking forward to seeing how this continues to shape up :)

  4. What a fun concept, and I love getting to see from design to reality. I look forward to seeing how it finished for you.

  5. Wow! I love this. I have had a skyline on my list for quite some time. I just love the way you approached it. I am enjoying EQ as a way to preview/design too!

  6. Excellent design! I really like all of the blocks together and can't wait to see how you quilt it.

  7. This is a very cool design. So simple, but visually impactful. Like Cheryl, I cannot wait to see it all sewn together and how you quilt it! I am a huge fan of your quilting :)


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