I was blessed to receive fabric from my Grandmother’s Stash. Many were very small pieces – no larger or wider than an an inch! These precious pieces were safely stored until I found the perfect project. Last spring I found the New York Beauty Quilt and its foundation pieced version by Karen K Stone.
The triangles in the arches range from as small as 1/2″ to larger than 3″. In addition to being an beautiful pattern for incorporating the tiny pieces from my Grandmother, each foundation pieced 12″ square varied from those around it so this pattern will never create the feared “repeat squares boredom”!
The long arm quilter worked her magic on the quilt and it has been bound and mounted in the wall space it was designed for (note the samplers reflected in the mirror) .
I took some pictures to send to my mother highlighting some of the fabrics Grandma used to make her dresses.
The second from left red triangle is a single remaining scrap from my first major attempt at quilting in the 1980s.
The center yellow triangle in the square with ivory rays is from my Grandmother’s Stash as are many of the small (approx 1″) blue triangles in lower square (detailed in photo below)
The second and sixth blue triangles (from the right) are made from the same tiny piece of fabric. It has little tiny pigs and ducks on it.
I love the quilting swirls the long arm quilter used in the lighter section of this block.
This detail view shows some of the fabric prints. Most of the lighter colored fabrics are from my grandmother.
It still amazes me how fabrics from very different decades work so well side-by-side in this pattern. Some of the fabrics are Jinny Beyer fabrics that I purchased as a set of 5″ squares in the 1980s. Others, like the giraffe spot print, are more modern.
The hallway where the quilt is hung receives no direct sunlight – which in Arizona can be very damaging. I hope I am able to pass this quilt and its storied fabrics to future generations of needleartists!
More pictures (pre-binding and hanging) in original post here.