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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Big Apple... revealed

Here it is - the top is together! Of course, I still have to do some stitching around the machine appliques - and there are many. Still pondering just how I'm going to do that. I do NOT want to satin stitch it all, and I don't think buttonhole (which I love) "suits" this piece. So am leaning towards a zigzag stitch done with monofilament "invisible" thread... something very simple. There is enough color (ya think? *wink wink) - I want the images - buildings, apple, etc. to be the focus, not the stitching. Quilting will be minimal too. I realize this is pretty colorful - not quite how the Manhattan skyline looks when you view it across the Hudson. The bright colors are reflective of the "bright lights of Broadway" or even Times Square. If you are at all familiar with NYC, hopefully you will recognize the Guggenheim Museum, the Citicorp building, the Chrysler building and the Empire State building. Lady Liberty's facial features gave me a bit of trouble with their small size. I won't tell you just how many of those little faces I made before deciding one was acceptable. So be nice - don't be too critical please :) Size of the piece is 24" x 30".
This design is by Zebra patterns, the designer's name is Debra Gabel. It is part of her "City Stamp" collection. I bought this pattern last summer at the City Quilter in Manhattan; actually I bought a kit- but only used a few of the fabrics provided - the sky, water and stripe. I thought it would be a great souvenir and reminder of all the fun I've had in the Big Apple.

Piece
Linda

I do love New York!

12 comments:

Linda said...

Awesome!! I love it. The colours are gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

Love Love Love it. Gail M.

Karen said...

I echo Linda and Gail - love it, love it, love it! The colours, the design - it all works. And I think you are right about the stitching and quilting - keep it unobtrusive. There's enough going on in the quilt. It's a beautiful piece, Linda, and a great mememto of your visit. What a nice piece of art to hang in your home. (I think when I was last in N.Y. postage was half that *-)

Wendy said...

Oh Linda it is just stunning! I love it! Well done! The colours are perfect for the vibrance of the city and Lady Liberty looks just fine!

Jackie said...

Oh the colours are fantastic!

Linda H said...

Thanks for all your kind comments. It was great fun to do, just a lot of cutting fiddley little bits. It IS colorful - I'm not a real bright colors gal, but I do like this..reminds me of all the signs and jumbo-trons in Times Square. Can't wait for my next visits - one day in April and our trip again in June.

Sue said...

I love it also.... great job... would you consider free motion applique around the shapes with invisible thread. faster but a bit tricky..love the shading in the apple...

MissesStitches said...

Simply beautiful!!! Stunning! Good job.

Shelley said...

awesome piece of work Linda!

Anonymous said...

I love it too. But then I am a bright colour girl. What about just a straight stitch around in invisible. That is what Pippa Moore had us do on some of the tree applique. Linda G

Plays with Needles said...

Hi Linda,
I love these stamp quilts and think your New York one is fabulous! I took a class once with Debra and enjoyed many of her designs. The Washington, D.C. one with the Cherry Blossoms is beautiful.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!!! xo Susan

Riel Nason said...

Love all the colour on this. What a lot of energy it has!

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