Made it Monday #4: The Map of Chicago Quilt

This is more of a "making it" Monday post because this quilt, despite working on it since Thanksgiving, is going to be finished maybe in 10 years. Just kidding! I really loved looking at other quilter's blog posts on these map quilts from Haptic Lab and getting inspiration for this giant project, so I thought I would share my progress, and hopefully inspire others to just go for it if they're on the fence about this type of project! 

Basically, I set out to quilt every street in Chicago for my dear sister, you know, in case she got lost or something ;) Hand quilting has been quite the challenge and a new skill for me to learn. I probably should have stuck with Suzy's miniquilt series, but of course I decided to start with the giant map. On a side note, this is typically how I approach a lot of crafts/things in life. Just go for the difficult, giant, crazy project and figure out how to do it along the way....Ahem I'm looking at you, stuffed Totoro Crochet project that I made despite having minimal to no crochet skills at this time!

A lot of progress has been made from this photo:

Safety pinning the map template to the fabric and batting sandwich! 

Safety pinning the map template to the fabric and batting sandwich! 

And here you can see a close up of what I'm doing: 

 

And now what it looks like: 

For reference, this is approximately 36" x 42"

For reference, this is approximately 36" x 42"

Once I've hand quilted all of the streets, added the rivers in and other major lines, you have to carefully tear away all of the stabilizer paper that had the map printed on it! And then comes personalizing it and adding in landmarks! I'm eagerly awaiting that day, although I still have a long ways to go. I feel tired just looking at this post -__-

Maybe on "Made it Monday #200" I'll finally have the final product available ;) 

thanks for reading :)