Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Thing of (New York) Beauty

This is the first of three New York Beauty variations that I get to quilt this season. This is the smallest, at only 34 inches square. Really! The base of some of the NY Beauty spikes is only ¼ inch wide!!! This customer creates her own designs, right down to drafting her own paper foundations. It has always been a joy to finish her quilts, as her piecing is incredibly accurate.

This picture shows the top two-thirds of the quilt. There are some teeny, tiny areas to quilt into, so I decided to place larger, filled feather wreaths over the spikes. The background fills are very dense.

I used Military Gold Glide thread. The sparkle is already in the fabrics. Just enough sheen from the Glide thread.

The New York Beauty block is so named because it looks like you are gazing right down from over the top of Lady Liberty's head, with the spikes of her crown splayed out in all directions.

Here are my 3 ½ inch long stork scissors for scale reference. Whew! This was intense to do. I'm pretty glad this one is finished!

"When we walk to the edge of all the light we have and take that step into the darkness of the unknown, we must believe that one of two things will happen...there will be something solid for us to stand on, or we will be taught to fly."   Anon.

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