More on the 3-Generation New York Beauty Quilt

3 Generation NY Beauty Quilt

3 Generation NY Beauty Quilt

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.

Karen K. Stone

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”!

3 Generation NY Beauty Quilt

3 Generation NY Beauty Quilt

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.

 

Red triangles are 1/2" inch and include some of Grandma's fabrics

Red triangles are 1/2" inch and include some of Grandma's fabrics

The second from left red triangle is a single remaining scrap from my first major attempt at quilting in the 1980s.

Some of the yellow fabrics in the upper "sun" are from my Grandmother's Stash

The center yellow triangle in the upper "sun" are from my Grandmother's Stash

 

 

 

 

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)

 

Detail of Blue Triangles - some are fabrics from my Grandmother

Detail of Blue Triangles - some are fabrics from my Grandmother

 

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.

Many of the light fabrics in outer arch are from my Grandmother's Stash

Many of the light fabrics in outer arch are from my Grandmother's Stash

 

 

 

I love the quilting swirls the long arm quilter used in the lighter section of this block.

Detail of light colored fabric in outer arch

Detail of light colored fabric in outer arch

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.

 

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4 Responses to More on the 3-Generation New York Beauty Quilt

  1. Susan Casler says:

    Impressive my friend. Explains why I haven’t heard from you.

  2. LC says:

    Wow. Very beautiful, and very moving tribute. Nicely done.

  3. Laura BC (bridesmom) says:

    That is stunning! You have been hard at work on a truly beautiful heirloom.

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