Greetings! Al and I had a wonderful visit with our son in NYC/Brooklyn. The weather was amazing for late October! The drive down was lovely with fall foliage at its peak.
We had drinks in the late afternoon in Brooklyn with the NYC skyline in the background:
Michael with girlfriend Jordan:
I went to the Frick Museum – not the first time and it’s always wonderful, full of masterpieces, and not overwhelming like the Met can be. We had 2 great dinners with Michael and Jordan. We walked on the Highline for the first time:
And when we got off the Highline, after lunch, we continued to walk south into Soho where I went to the shop, Purl Soho, for the first time. I looked at fat eighth packs of Liberty fabrics which were wildly expensive and decided they weren’t worth it for me. But I did buy several spools of silk thread. They had lots of gorgeous colors!!!:
When I got home I used the silk thread to stitch some diagonal crossing lines on the piece of gold silk I bought for the border of the silk quilt (click to enlarge and see detail better):
I pinned this up on the design wall with some red strips to simulate an inner border and binding to see how it would look, but I also put a couple pieces of 3 inch wide red up for comparison:
Very quickly, I decided I prefer the plain red. I really like the diagonal stitching in silk on the gold fabric, but I don’t think it is right for this quilt. The more I looked at the quilt, the more I felt that the center is the “star” (Ha!!!) and it doesn’t need any extra detail in the border. This is an usual decision for me as I LOVE fancy borders, but I also believe in letting quilts “speak” to me and this one is telling me a plain border is best. No need to pull attention away from the center. Feel free to comment on how you feel about this, esp. if you disagree!
I continue to hand quilt Stardust and I finished appliquéing the stars on the top border of Twinkle – forgot to get a picture and will post it next time. I continue to make hexagon star pieces and now have about 50 stars ready for hand piecing together. I’ll be taking a few to Houston to work on during travel. Here’s a good example of how a design can be fussy cut:
Here are some more pictures from the New England Quilt Museum for your enjoyment (click to enlarge!!) Be sure to read the artists’ statements:
Gorgeous machine embroidery!:
Excellent geometric with amazing details:
Beautiful embellishments on this antique crazy quilt:
Beautiful hand embroidery on this coverlet:
And here are a few more quilts from the Cocheco show.
More wool applique!!!
I love Lorraine’s idea of depicting the mountains she has climbed with delectable mountain blocks and putting the names on them!!!
Wendy Coffin’s quilts have an elegant simplicity that is very effective and her construction is impeccable! This one was a Judge’s Choice, I believe:
My friend Rosemary did a great job with this complicated pattern!
This gorgeous “red house” quilt was a viewer’s choice winner:
I’m getting so excited about going to Houston!!! Most likely I won’t post again until after I get home. I should have lots of pictures!
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi