2nd Quarter Challenge Part 2

It seems as if everyone is anxious to reduce their UFO stash.  While I haven’t put a dent in mine, it does feel good to create something new out of scraps.

Sifting thru my scraps, I was having a hard time coming up with ideas.  But then one evening while watching the local news it hit me.  I grew up in Chicago and now live about 50 miles west of it in the middle of corn country.  I always loved seeing the city scape either driving in or flying over.

I didn’t want to copy a picture, but compile my own city scape made up of buildings I thought were unique.

My first attempt I used a purple for a sky color. And a teal for the water.  It was too dark and didn’t let the buildings pop.


Not having enough blue scraps for the sky I felted a piece of prefelt.  Then added some fluffy wool clouds for dimension.

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Of course a lot of buildings are gray or black, but as you can see I chose to use more of my wallet material for my centerpiece building — The Willis Tower (formerly known ans will always be The Sears Tower to me.) In reality it is black.

The red building on the right was a left over piece of a business card.  I thought it was just right for a real red CNA (Continental National America) building on the lake shore.

On the left is the Crain Communications building also known as the Diamond  building.

Once the pieces were pinned, I used a combination of hand stitching to keep everything in place, machine stitching for the windows and antennas  on the Willis building and details on the Crain building.

The Willis Tower is not leaning in real life, but we do live in the Windy City and buildings do sway. Actually, the sewing must have shifted it.  I debated pulling it out, but decided against it.

I also used free motion stitching in the foilage area at the lake front.  There was still something missing. What is a lake without boats?  If you look closely, the sails are blowing in the wind, again adding dimension.





I tried a couple of mats, but decided on the black and white one.  I don’t have a frame yet, but probably basic black.


Or I could use a 5 x 7″ frame by itself.  Sorry about the black background. It’s a metallic slate gray frame.


What do you think?

Don’t forget to post your 2nd Quarter Challenge on the forum.




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16 Responses to 2nd Quarter Challenge Part 2

  1. I think it’s most effective. Definitely the black and white with black frame for me.

  2. Lyn says:

    Fabulous Marilyn! I like everything about it. You mention the leaning tower but the picture would not look so good if the tower were straight; the second version of the sky is a good choice; you were right to go with the different colours for the buildings as the ‘proper’ colours would not have been so exciting and I think a black frame would suit it well as it would tie in with the mat colours.

  3. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    Thanks Lyn! It was a fun, but challenging project!

  4. Karen Lane says:

    Very nice and the black and white frame looks great with it.

  5. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    Thanks Karen!

  6. ruthlane says:

    Great use of scraps and I agree that the white mat with black frame looks good.

  7. Karen says:

    I love it! The way the buildings are positioned makes it fun and engaging!

  8. Wonderful use of scraps, Marilyn. That’s my kind of town…(Chicago is…)

  9. It looks great. the boat looks like it is riding the waves. I like the black and white
    mat too.

  10. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    Thanks Ann!

  11. zedster66 says:

    That’s great, Marilyn, the added stitching really makes it 🙂

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