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Friday, February 26, 2010

Very Scrappy New York Beauty Wallhanging

It has been two weeks since any postings on the BB so I'll jump in and show you what I've been working on just to see if anyone is still reading our BB. Once I have sandwiched and quilted this top it will be my entry for the 2010 Hoffman Challenge.

The strip of light aqua print you see on the far right edge of the photo is the HC theme fabric for this year ... it is called "Treasures of the East". I'm calling my entry "Buried Treasure" because there are nine pieces of the Challenge fabric mixed in with 171 other fabrics to create this 37" x 37" wall hanging. The pattern is Karen K. Stone's "Lady Liberty Goes to Hawaii", copyright 1996, before Karen started making her really fancy paper piecing patterns. I reduced the size of Karen's patterns on a copy machine to meet the size requirements for the Hoffman Challenge which made piecing the arcs a bit of a headache. I'm going to use gold metallic thread for quilting this thing once I figure out how to quilt it.

Any suggestions on how to quilt it would be very welcome .... if there are still any BBers reading our Bulletin Board, that is. Should I use an overall design or focus on each segment of the arc patterns?

Judy in Ohio


  • At February 26, 2010 at 9:16 PM , Blogger pirate said...

    Judy, think on this ...

    do an open loopy design in the "4 corners" area on the inside curve of the arcs.

    do something different in the arcs. Make it easy on yourself and do the same "something different" in each arc. :-)

    do another open design in the areas on the outside of the arcs.

    If you are so inclined, send me a picture of it (reasonably full resolution) and I'll try to do a Quilt Whisperer on it. :-) That might serve as inspiration for you to think of something really spectacular. :-)

  • At February 26, 2010 at 9:51 PM , Blogger Judy in Ohio said...

    Pirate, I don't know that there is much room for "spectacular" as each of the small blocks measures five inches square; each skinny arc measures 1/2 inch wide and that is plumped up with quarter-inch seam allowances under it so I wasn't planning to stitch anything in the skinny little arcs. Or were you referring to the arc segment with the pointy parts? I'll be happy to send a photo to you but you might want to re-think your kind offer now that I have reminded you of the constipated size of this wall hanging and the component parts. Then again you do like a challenge, don't you? :-)


  • At February 26, 2010 at 10:22 PM , Blogger Judy in Ohio said...

    Okay, Pirate, you asked for it and a photo is on the way ... enough bits and bytes to choke a horse. :-) I really appreciate your offer to help.


  • At February 27, 2010 at 1:12 AM , Blogger pirate said...

    not a problem Judy ... I can certainly make grandiose suggestions without regard to knowledge of the size of the quilt! :-)

    You'll need to wait for a response, as I am currently with middle DD, doing the Florence Nightingale thing with her, as she just had all 4 wisdom teeth removed this morning. I won't be back home until the end of the weekend.

    You weren't in a tearing hurry, were you? :-)

    I'll keep your scale numbers in mind when I print out the picture. Ought to be interesting. :-)

  • At February 27, 2010 at 10:59 AM , Blogger lonna in wi said...

    I think your quilt is really lovely. I've wanted to make a quilt for myself but only made one block. Your quilt is an inspiration. LONNA IN WI

  • At February 27, 2010 at 10:44 PM , Blogger Judy in Ohio said...

    My only words of advice to you Lonna would be to never work on a NYB quilt with a deadline. Take it slow and easy ... think of it as a "forever" project and use big blocks. :-)

  • At February 28, 2010 at 2:30 PM , Blogger Jill from Portland said...

    Judy, I love your wallhanging.
    I just started a class with arcs
    yesterday, "Montana Cartwheel"
    I've done 2 blocks & I'm loving it.
    We are doing the Judy Matheson(sp)
    freezer paper arcs. What do you do?
    Once I got the steps down I really like not having the paper to peel off. I've done this method before but
    with paper & glue stick, not quite as accurate. Our class goal is to use
    up stash & I'm doing sort of thimbleberry colors.
    I am really curve challenged but this is very good practice!~ Jill

  • At February 28, 2010 at 5:49 PM , Blogger Judy in Ohio said...

    The pattern I used was the regular paper kind but it was only the arc with points that had paper behind it so it was a piece of cake to peel the papers off. In the past I had done very complicated Karen K. Stone foundation pieced quilts that I needed to spend a week peeling papers off of so this little wall quilt with 36 tiny arcs was mere child's play in my estimation. I have never tried freezer paper arcs .... guess I am missing out on something.


  • At March 1, 2010 at 8:34 AM , Blogger Laura in IA said...

    It's great Judy. Tell me the principle behind why the center circles seem to float on top of the design. Anyone?

  • At March 1, 2010 at 10:16 PM , Blogger Judy in Ohio said...

    Laura, if the center circles seem to float in your opinion it is a sheer accident as far as I am concerned. I did not do anything special to make any kind of optical illusion happen and I do not see it. (Since I don't have depth perception I don't expect to see any depth in things.)


  • At March 2, 2010 at 11:28 AM , Blogger Mary in Oregon said...

    Gorgeous wallhanging! As ever, your work inspires.
    Mary in Oregon

  • At March 2, 2010 at 12:07 PM , Blogger NancyH said...

    Simply gorgeous, Judy! I hope you win something! NancyH

  • At March 3, 2010 at 12:20 AM , Blogger WhiteStone said...

    Here's a thought...stitch (in the ditch if you wish) only the arc portions of each block...every circular shaped line. Do not quilt the points. I honestly have no clue as to what to do on the border.

    It's really, really lovely.

  • At March 3, 2010 at 7:32 PM , Blogger Bunny said...

    Fabulous Quilt! I love it! Good Luck! Bunny in IL

  • At April 4, 2010 at 10:48 PM , Anonymous Catherine Smith said...

    I am captivated by this pattern
    and realize its pitfalls. The
    advice about it being a "forever"
    project rather than a quick and
    easy one, must be for me.

    What puts me off about starting on
    this is that I abhor scrap quilts
    and would only do this with a color
    coordinated, cohesive, repeating
    color scheme... in midtone pastel soft prints... almost solids.

    I would be grateful for some feedback on my idea. This is way too complicated a project to begin on a whim, and I hate mistakes.

    Thanks for the inspiration. Your
    quilt is lovely, and I don't
    usually even consider scrap quilts.

    However, I just finished a Buckeye
    Beauty, of many soft lavender and
    purple prints on an ecru ground
    which surprised me and the recipient with its beauty.

    So, let me amend my previous statement and say "I generally do not like scrap quilts."!


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