I began by going to my 'sweetie jars' of small scraps and found plenty of pieces for the houses. It was a really good way to use up lots of leftover two inch pieces from bindings.
Then I turned to my large basket of green scraps to choose pieces for the fields. I have done lots of work in green in the past but I realised that a lot of the scraps were patterned or had too much contrast of colour for this exercise. Also I seem to have much more yellow green that blue green. However, I was determined to make this piece from what I already have. Following Alicia's instructions I laid all the pieces out, having done a drawing of a mythical village.
Then I promptly lost the plot of the design as I sewed them! Finally I told myself firmly not to be such a perfectionist and remember this was just an exercise. So here is the top.
I need to tidy up the edges and then it will be fourteen inches square. As the weather forecast for the Bank Holiday tomorrow is dire I hope I can do the quilting tomorrow. In my head I am asking how I can take Alicia's principles and make the technique mine. This one would be instantly recognisable as 'hers' and I think that is one of the main problems with taking workshops. I am wondering whether I should do something from an old map in 'old' colours. I have plenty of rust dyed fabric which might work. We live on a crossroads which is one of the oldest parts of the village and I know it was there well over a hundred years ago, so perhaps that should be my next one. There are also the two villages we lived in before moving down here. Then thee is the area where I spent the second part of my childhood which is now a suburb on Wellington but was originally a farming settlement and which has a wonderful straight road going right down the middle of it! I can see I am not going to be short of subject matter.
I also noticed on Amazon that there are several books on map quilts so I am wondering if it is a bit 'flavour of the month'. Certainly having access to things such as Google Earth and various map apps. means you could tell the story of your life in this form!