Kay Stephenson is a freelance writer and fiber artist living in Atlanta, Ga with her husband, Mark, and her dog, Lady. Working in several fiber related craft areas, she combines quilting, crochet, ...
Kay Stephenson is a freelance writer and fiber artist living in Atlanta, Ga with her husband, Mark, and her dog, Lady. Working in several fiber related craft areas, she combines quilting, crochet, and wet felting techniques to create unique works of art.
Kay blogs about her craft at http://www.stitchingtimes.blogspot.com. She says, "I learned to crochet, knit and sew at my mother's knee. She could do it all from sewing to tatting, crochet, knitting, embroidery. I learned to knit when I was about 6 or 7 and just never stopped learning new crafts and techniques."
This quilt was designed for my niece who is grown and has children of her own. When I first published a photo of the quilt top a friend told me that it reminded her of skyscrapers and streets, and the more I looked at it, it reminded me of a neighborhood map with many full city block sized buildings interspersed with open spaces and small pocket parks - thus "Urban Map". Of all the quilts I've designed this one is definitely a snap to cut out and assemble. The front consists of several blocks interspersed with spacer rectangles to offset the blocks and give the whole quilt a more interesting flow. The back features one ladder of blocks left over from piecing the front which is then inserted into the center of a solid piece of quilt backing.
When designing this quilt I wanted something a bit orderly, but warm and making you think of home and family. The big bold flowers on the back gave me pause, but it did make me think of the riot of color that was my grandmothers rose garden (carried on for years by our grandfather after she passed). That seems like a fitting tribute to family, home and hearth.