I am going to tell you the unbelievable right now. I actually finished the mini from the contest I held last July! Can you believe it?
The winner was Jill, with her idea for the Oregon Coast/Highway 101, and here is the resulting mini:
I was originally thinking I would make something more abstract and less literal, but I couldn’t get the idea of a quilted road sign out of my head.
I found a sign image in the “Oregon Coastal News” and created a life-sized template in Photoshop for my quilt pattern. I couldn’t find definite proof that this was ever an actual Highway 101 road sign (I even scanned Google Earth for an hour looking for the current sign.), but it’s art, so I get to take license!
Since it’s an Oregon quilt, I definitely wanted to use an Oregon based fabric designer. I chose Madrona Road by Violet Craft. I love every fabric line she has released and this line is so iconic to the Oregon countryside. Madrona Road also goes well with my very favorite color right now; Empire Yellow by Art Gallery Fabrics.
I love how the hand stitching on the letters looks like dashed yellow lines on a road. That was a very happy accident.
I debated on the quilting and decided to do swirly, floral doodles, to mirror the graphics in the fabric.
I really want to make more of these. I would love a Pennsylvania Turnpike and California 101 version to hang in my home.
I hope you enjoy your mini, Jill!