Last year at the Mid-Atlantic quilt festival, I saw this NYC skyline panel by Hoffman fabrics. I just had to buy it – I just love the colors in the print. So I bought 2 panels just in case I wanted to cut up the panels to make a quilt. In February, we went back to the Mid-Atlantic quilt festival and I saw vendors selling the NYC skyline panel. I still hadn’t made a quilt with the fabric that I had at home. After looking on the internet at some samples of quilts made with this fabric panel, I came up with an idea. First, I cut off 6 inches from the top of the panel where the colors were lighter and more faded. Then I cut off about 6 inches from the bottom of the quilt so I could add my own design at the bottom of the quilt. Using left over taxi fabric from another city quilt, I added black fabric for the road around the taxi fabric. I used curved piecing to give movement to the lower portion where the taxis were. Then I added a bright green for the grass in city parks. I wanted to cut the panel vertically also so it would look less like a panel. I decided to piece scraps of solid fabrics (red, yellow, and green) to symbolize the traffic lights in the city. Next it was time to quilt the piece. I used black thread for most of the free motion quilting around the buildings, doors, and windows. In the sky area, I also used yellow thread for the light from a tall building and magenta thread to outline one of the buildings in the sky. It is harder than I thought to free motion quilt on straight lines. But I love how the quilting looks with the outline of the buildings. But I wish that I had used a solid color for the backing so that the outlines of the buildings would show on the backing. Mary noticed the backing of the quilt and suggested the solid color – unfortunately I was done with quilting. Next time I am going to use Mary’s suggestion. It would have looked really cool to see the skyline outlined on the backing.
Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna