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.
I do love New York!