Architextures Craft & Quilt Ideas

I keep going around in circles, trying to decide what to do with the quilting cotton Architextures line I have and I’m still mystified as to what I should do. Here’s a small roundup of projects I’ve found online that “should” inspire me and hopefully help me settle on a project.

I could do hexies like The Little Red Hen did.

There’s the Science Fair quilt pattern or The Local quilt pattern, both by the designer of the fabric line, Carolyn Friedlander.

Modern Quilt Relish made a beautiful quilt from Architextures leftovers.

Plum and June put together some ideas for using up her stash of Architextures. I’ll definitely want to use every last bit of the fabric I have.

I think I have a case of the “it’s too precious” accompanied by “I want to love it so it should be perfect”. How do I get rid of that feeling?

You know how? You wait and wait and search and search and ask all your friends for patterns until, one day, when it seems like nothing will satisfy your need for the perfect pattern, you find it. It must have been there all along! It’s by the designer.

I think I’m set now. Things that attracted me to this quilt are that it really does look like an aerial shot. When I was doing my undergrad, I had a class called “Cultural Geography”. The teacher annoyed me so much I had a hard time listening to him but the readings were interesting as were his aerial slides.

We’d spend time looking at aerials, drawing conclusions about what the people that lived there were like. What cultural assumptions could be made? It was interesting and since I graduated in 1999, it’s obviously left a mark.

Another thing that I love about this quilt is that it suggests you use different fabrics to create textures. I can use velvet or corduroy or silk or anything. This is exciting.

The easy decision now is what size to make. Well, easy compared to finding the pattern. I have one jellyroll and two charm packs. Anyone know what size I could make with that amount of fabric? Hashtag: quiltnoob.

6 thoughts on “Architextures Craft & Quilt Ideas

  1. Brooke says:

    I really like your choice! Also really like the first link (hexagon pattern) and the “Local quilt”.

    That line of architecture print patterns is so cool! I have some fabric that looks like blueprints of old style gardens in two colorways (lime and dark brown) both on ivory background. I haven’t decided exactly what I want to use them for either. I was originally thinking clothing just because the print is rather large. I’m just doing what you did and waiting for the right design/pattern to appear. =)

  2. Elizabeth McAlister says:

    My watercolor teacher, confronted with our fear of messing up expensive French watercolor paper, said to think of it in terms of a movie: you spend at least $10 for two hours fun. A sheet of watercolor paper , roughly $4.00 usually devided into at least two, so $2.00 for hours of fun. Plus creative stimulation instead of passively sitting in the dark. Cheap! I use the movie unit to evaluate materials for all creative materials now. Your lovely fabric is a deal! Another watercolor class lesson is, if you hate the results, put it away for a few months. Sometimes a wadder looks remarkably better when you have some distance from what was in your head that you were trying to make real.

  3. Gillian says:

    Very cool! As a stare at that Aeriel quilt pattern, my mind keeps trying to “solve” the puzzle of how those strips were sewn together! Hmmm… sliced here, rotated there…? I’ve never finished a quilt myself (chronic starter, never finisher) but I wonder if the little charm squares will be hard to work into that pattern? Would you have to sew them into stripes, and then piece them? I dunno the answer – just wondering! 🙂

    • Leila says:

      I’ll have to show you the pattern when I get it. Should be here in a couple of days. It shipped really fast. Ah, the beauty of Etsy. 🙂 I have so many projects I’m trying to get into. I’m gonna have the worst case of sewing ADD ever.

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