I think my New York Beauty top is finished.
Two of my centers are pictures on fabric – one of Mr. W and me and the other of my mom and me when I was a baby (thanks for the pictures, Mom!). The top also has embroidery of wisteria (which was in bloom when I started the quilt), some appliquéd butterflies, a chunk of left over lace my sister K2 made and some crumb pieced blocks. It’s hard to see but some of the background fabrics are my eco-dyed ones. Oh, and this is the quilt that I wrote (with fabric marker) one of my favorite poems/writings SHE LET GO by Earnest Holmes.
This quilt is the first one I’ve made in a long time that feels very personal. I really included parts of ME in it and I love that about it.
I decided it needed borders to contain all the busy-ness. My friend Renee’ had just tackled her first mitered corners so I was inspired by her. I used THIS tutorial from Jaybird Quilts to do mine. The tutorial is excellent – especially the hint about pressing your seams in opposite directions to help the multiple borders fit together better.
This one is going to be hand quilted so it will be awhile before it is 100% completed. I decided to use 12 weight pearl cotton in multiple colours. I’m waiting for the backing fabric to arrive and then I’ll thread baste it and start in on the long process of hand quilting. A good winter project!