"Hot" New York Beauty

This piece was started in a New York Beauty paper piecing class years ago.  I used the patterns to experiment with different treatments of the traditional block – no two are the same either in design or colors.  My intent was to arrange all the blocks in a non traditional way.  Since the blocks reminded me of the sharp volcanic rock I had seen in a recent trip to Hawaii, I added "hot bubbling lava" in the center of all the "rough" edges.  From a distance I see hard straight edges and I would like to soften these with quilting (other ideas welcome) but am uncertain how to go about it.

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5 thoughts on “"Hot" New York Beauty

  1. I love this quilt top and I know how much work has gone into it.  I would soften it by using a black inter-border about 1.5 inches wide then use your left over fabic for another inter-border at lease two inches in an interesting pattern.  Then frame this with an additional black three inch border.  You are very creative.

    A sister quilter, Nadeen



  2. Love it, The hard edges add not subtract.  I would let the piece speak for itself by being very conservative in border.  It is about the color, the energy.  slightly contain it but don’t subdue it with a honking border.  One bright 1 inch piece of fabric, (warm ) , folded in half and sew in with a cool colored border, using a fabric that already is in the quilt should do it.

    If it lies completely flat it could even have a cool colored binding put on and that is it.


    I find that nothing dates a quilt and limits it’s use as much as too much border.

    It is a piece of art and deserves to hang as such without a frame that competes with the movement, the color and the energy.

  3. I had the absolute pleasure of doing a segment of “Save My UFO” on Season 7 of Quilting Arts TV using this quilt.   It is even more beautiful (if that is possible) seeing it in person.  Woo Hoo!