Believe it or not... many of the buildings had such interesting textures in their fabric surface, that colored threads atop would have been distracting. I chose to closely quilt them. The closeness of the quilt lines made the building look flat/ hard ( as would be the case of old world buildings) .... and.... as importantly they were quilted with ever so thin monofilament or in some cases 100 wt ( REALLY thin) matt finish poly. Seeing the thread at a distance was just less important.
The commercially printed sky fabric was unusual... some circling brush strokes like swirling wind... and lots of little bits of cloud here and there. Never seen a sky quite like it. Thats the fun part of quilting. The ever looming question in quilting.... HOW DO I DO THAT AREA justice????
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(c) VENICE 29"L x 32W