Thursday, August 11, 2016

Six years in the making... and it's finished! - #10

Yippee!! I finished my NY Beauty quilt on 7/28/16... only six years after starting it.

I loved making this quilt since it was a first in so many ways. I tried paper piecing for the first time... I found free blocks online (here) and printed them off onto bond paper. And, at first, it was a real struggle to wrap my head around how to paper piece since it seemed as though I was wasting a huge amount of fabric! :) But, I got over that and with practice, I came to quite like paper piecing. I also used some batiks and a lot of my own hand-dyed fabrics - something I've not done before this quilt although I have a huge stash of batiks and quite a lot of my own hand-dyed fabrics.

As you can see, I quilted it using organically straight lines about 1/2 inch apart since I wanted a more modern look than these quilts are known for having. I agonized for quite some time trying to decide how to quilt it, but kept coming back to the straight, vertical lines. Even as I started it, I wasn't sure it was the right choice. But, I love the way it looks so I'm happy I went with my instincts. And, it's the 10th WIP I'm able to cross of my list for 2016... I'm on a roll!

Progress shots along the way are here, here, here, and here!

When I showed it to my husband he said, "Wow... that's a work of art!" That made my day!

I've finally caught up posting finished projects and from now on, I hope to keep them in order! It got confusing (even to me and I knew what I was doing)!

Take care,


Material Girl said...

Good job finishing another project! I love this- after all, I'm from NY! The quilting is perfect and the colors are so pretty!

Sally said...

Fantastic! I agree with your quilting choice. Perfect.

Mystic Quilter said...

Oh so beautiful Terri! I have a Karen Stone book for making this quilt but just never made a start on it.
You have inspired me to think about this project for next year. I think the straight line quilting is just right here!

Diane J. Evans said...

It's a beauty!! (no pun intended) Hang it in a prominent spot in your home and beam with pride.


floribunda said...

wonderful! I love everything about it!

La Mañosa said...

I agree with your husband--it is a work of art! Congrats on your lovely finish!

Vicki W said...

It absolutely is a work of art!

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!