Martins Ferry Quilt

With news of a dear friend moving away, I knew a going-away present was in order. A memento of his hometown seemed relevant and I had been meaning to incorporate maps into hand quilting. Sounds easy, right? Well…it’s a good thing his departure date was delayed several times because this 36″x36″ project turned out to be a bit more time-consuming than I anticipated. I started with a map printed from the internet and gridded out the fabric so I could scale it up.

The river was the only appliqued part and then I set out drawing the outline of Martins Ferry and filling in all the streets. Let’s just say this town was not built by the Romans.

Here’s what the back looked like before I cleaned it up:

As calloused as my fingers became, I am still a sucker for quilt stitching. It’s just so mesmerizing and seductive. I cannot get enough.

This quilt was finished mere hours before I wrapped it up to give away.

Drumroll please….

The bottom right corner says Martins Ferry OHIO. It’s a great place to live and you’re always welcome back.

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About mitchcollective

MITCH Collective is a community-driven catalyst promoting creativity in the Ohio Valley. MITCH Collective enriches Martins Ferry, Ohio and nearby towns by: -inviting artists, writers, and musicians to experience the beauty and creative potential of the area while creating new work and interacting with local residents through the residency program. -inspiring a historically economically depressed area by teaching new skills and ideas that will help foster new problem solving approaches for challenges that face the community. -collaborating with nonprofit and municipal organizations in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania to bring innovative, interdisciplinary projects to life. Facilities include printmaking, screen printing, sewing, quilting, and bookbinding. Visit www.mitchcollective.org for more information.
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