I started the quilting on the New York Beauty variation.
This quilt top is beautiful but it is not beautifully made. The person who made it back in the 30’s did not paper piece it the way a quilter of today would likely do it. Accuracy in piecing was not what it could be so the overall design is a bit wavy and the “off”. The result is actually quite pleasing to me. There is a trend in quilting today for making “liberated” quilts such as this log cabin as seen on craftsy
The blocks are all a bit askew and so are the lines in the New York Beauty quilt so we could call this a liberated New York Beauty.
Given the quality of the piecing I didn’t think very fine stitching would work for the quilting. That is not to say I want to do a messy job of it. What I want to do is hand quilt it in a way that looks like the quilting and top were done by the same person and of the period. If I do it right it will not be obvious that it was quilted by a different person many years after the top was made.
I am using a heavier weight thread and large needle so I get larger stitches which I feel fit the top . 6 stitches per inch is about what I am doing. I am not marking the quilt I am simply quilting it by eye. Here it is so far.
Here are a few more pictures (click to enlarge)
The Quilting shows better on the back in pictures.
So far I really like the way it looks…I still have a way to go but it wont take long