After I finish the Lilly quilt the next challenge will be this quilt top.
It doesn’t belong to me but I love it! This belongs to Bill Volkening http://willywonkyquilts.blogspot.com/
His collection of New York Beauty quilts has gained much attention and been recently featured in Quiltmania magazine #100 There is a six-page feature called “Collecting New York Beauty Quilts” The collection was on exhibition last summer at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textile…and there is a book due next year as well as an exhibition in France.
This quilt top fits into the category, not exactly a New York Beauty as you find it in a reference book but a variation made up by the quilter.
To see some more traditional New York Beauty Quilts Visit here http://willywonkyquilts.blogspot.com/2014/03/quiltmania-100-happy-anniversary.html
Newer quilts are also often called New York Beauty but are set without the sashing …the common thread is the spikey arcs. Anyway I am going to hand quilt this so It can be included in the show and book.
Why is it a challenge?
It is NOT flat! I don’t know if you can see it in the picture but it pretty distorted and “bumpy”.
If you look at the sashing you can see that much of it is very curvy
I have to give it a good pressing and then see how to proceed. My goal here is not to remake it. I want to keep it true to the original quilters intent. If I do it right it will look like the quilting was done at the same time as the top.
The last few quilts I did in the Baptist fan pattern also had some real issues of distortion and I was able to hide them by distracting the eye with the curved lines….they make the less than straight lines look straight because of the contrast.
I think that I will do the same for this one.
It has some very cool fabrics in it. (click to enlarge)
Teddy says I have to finish this one first
and as you know he is in charge!
I will post all about it when I get started.