Well, it's Monday.. and the sun is shining.. the temps are above the freezing mark (just barely) so I guess I cannot complain. I won't mention that it snowed AGAIN last night. Not much...but still. Enough already!
My NYC piece is done. Quilted. Bound. OKay, the hanging sleeve is still in progress and the label is not yet done. But all the hard part is done. I kept the quilting very simple- just outlined the skyline, the apple, Lady Liberty's base, the stamp denomination, and white border. It took me longer than I had expected - so many ins and outs, stops and starts...I used monofilament so the quilting does not stand out at all, just the way I wanted it. With many areas being "stiff" from the fusible, I'm hoping it will hang flat. It seems to now, just hoping it looks as good when against the wall. I'm quite happy with it - love the bright colors- somehow they seem to suggest the "pulse" of Manhattan. I mentioned already that I bought the pattern (by Debra Gabel of Zebra patterns) and a kit with some fabrics at The City Quilter. I chose not to use the given fabrics for the apple- they were more on the orange/red side, shading to rust - and although I know there are Russet apples, I figured this one HAD to be a Red Delicious! The shading on the apple looks better "in person" - I find the dark area looks a bit like a child's rendition of Africa in the photo... Choosing the fabrics for this project was really the fun part. I DO love New York City.
I wish I was there today. Have a look here to read about a quilt display that's on right now in Manhattan - a 6 day show - for free... What a sight that would be... Ahhh to learn how to be in two places at once...
Once you have travelled, the journey never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers - the mind can never break off from the journey.