Carole King crooned that life is a tapestry. That's certainly true for Emily Fischer, an architect-turned-seamstress who found her calling in quilts after ditching her corporate job.
Fischer's childhood interests in cartography and sewing inspired Haptic Lab, her quilting company that produces remarkable custom-made covers decorated in city maps and landmarks. The complex creations depict detailed compositions of more than 20 cities in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
We can almost feel the pulse of Trafalgar Square in the London quilt ($450) and can distinguish each arrondissement in the Paris version ($450). Of course, we have a predilection for the beautiful woven depictions of Central Park, Times Square and the East River in this stitched rendering of midtown Manhattan ($450).
Fischer recently introduced a line of hand-embroidered quilts for tots, each one decorated with a map that features the child's neighborhood, name, birthday and favorite playgrounds ($145 to $200). One new mom even commissioned her to quilt the taxi route from their apartment to the hospital where her son was born.
Haptic Lab will make custom quilts for any subject or city, from a wedding site in Halifax to a ski-trail map in Telluride.
Start charting your course.