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New York on my mind

I haven't blogged for a while, I have been busy getting some stuff off my desk. I challenged myself to finish some projects. While I always have something in the works, lately I've been more focused on quilting.

More specifically fiber art quilting that I can display. This most recent piece I finished, uses a panel called Cityscape by Moda. The print reminds me of New York City and the view from across the river.

This was the first time I cut a panel to create a "window" design. I wanted to feel like I was looking out from a Brooklyn or Queens window at the beautiful New York skyline. While the actual skyline has more definition, this piece certainly gives me all the same vibes.

The panel is available in other colors, but this gold, grey and white pallet really sets the mood for me. It reminds me of sunset as you approach the city from one of the many bridges.

The complementary brick patterned fabric, also from Moda really set off the the colors and the feeling of a million windows looking back at me.

For my free motion quilting across the buildings and brick pattern, I used a pattern called slats. I positioned the rows vertically to elongate the buildings, and add the level of depth the city deserves.

While the pictures don't do it justice, I used a beautiful gold thread to create a feeling of golden breeze across the sky (Hey no cracks about my tension). I have to say this is one of my favorite parts of the piece.

It was a very free flow pattern, with the horizontal contrast it adds so much movement to the overall look of the quilt.

I found this really cool fabric that lists a number of NYC subway stops. I added a strip to the top and bottom of the quilt. While the stops are not in any particular order (nor are they from any specific line) the feature adds context to the overall quilt. Not to mention the color was perfect.

Overall I really love how this turned out, The color combinations, the threads, the free motion quilting... It all came together. This piece has been hanging on my design wall for a few weeks now, I just love to stare at it and admire all the details... Let me know what you think!

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