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Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Finish, Tour de France Edition

We have always loved watching the Tour de France in my house. Every July, for 3 weeks, we watch. We love all the beauty of the countryside that we get to see and we enjoy watching the cyclists work so hard and cringing at the crashes. When I saw an aerial shot as I was walking by the tv, I had a sudden inspiration.
This is the best shot I could find and even this is not what I saw. What I saw was the riders, from behind, all squeezed together on a narrow road.  And what my quilter's mind saw was this:
 A pixelated picture of the scene which I chose to surround with white to emphasize the scene.
 I found the grey scraps in my scrap bin, and they just looked like the road, so I included them around the colorful "riders"
 The quilting, of course had to be bicycle wheels. I only put spokes in some and I like that random look.
 I happened to find polka dots, so I included a polka dot "jersey" for the king of the mountains and a solid yellow for the tour leader. I know there are others, but that wasn't the point of this, so I did not include them.
And the back, which I think is way cool too. White binding to not distract the eye and I love it! All scraps and yardage I had on hand, and I have to admit, I dropped everything to make this over 2 days. Have you ever done that? Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.

8 comments:

  1. This is great! I love how you transformed your vision into a quilt...great job!

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  2. SO cool, Char! I love when inspiration strikes like that.

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  3. Hi!!! I love it!!!! You did wonderful making it into your vision!!!! The quilting gives it the final Wow!!!!!

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  4. What a novel idea! Isn't it funny how you see the world with quilter's eyes? Inspiration can strike at any time.

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  5. Great quilt! It's an awesome design, even better with the story! Love the quilting, too.

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  6. This is so much fun. I think that it tells your story and will be a great memory.

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  7. This is fabulous! You have a wonderfully creative mind! I live in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, so I got to see the race for real last Sunday. I'm still on a high from the experience and your quilt made me nothing but happy because it brought back that great day.

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    1. You are a no reply blogger, so I am replying here. Thank you so much for your comment. It is fun to hear from someone who has seen the race in person. It is a highlight of our summer to watch. I am thinking about making another one next year, perhaps with a round about feature in it. Might be fun to do a series. Thanks for stopping by.

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