I’ve been to NYC several times and Central Park is magical to me. It’s so big that you can get lost in middle. An oasis of trees, ponds, and architecture. I could spend days just looking at all of the designs carved into the different bridges, walkways, structures. Kate Spain really captured what I love about Central Park in her fabric line. So much that I think I could be a Kate Spain groupie.
I love my Central Park fabric, but I really wanted to start using some of it. Here it is, matched up with some Kona Coal. I’m exploring the negative space aspect of a quilt, as well as using grey as a neutral. I feel so modern. At least for today. Tomorrow when I am doing laundry, I bet I won’t feel modern at all.
I completed this quilt top while on a quilt retreat. I loved it and then spent weeks agonizing over how to quilt it. I ended up with an all over design, kind of a mock feather, but it picked up on some of the motifs of the fabric. The binding also took me several weeks of agonizing. I think I showed binding options to ANYONE who would listen. One of the other members of the Austin Modern Quilt Guild suggested the two tone to solve my issues. Brilliant woman! I love the way it turned out. I had a bunch of Project Runway episodes recorded, so I sat down yesterday and finished the binding.
Oh and I also pieced the back. I would like to think it was inspired, but really it was so that I didn’t have to buy as much fabric for the backing.
Design is my own. Having a design wall and 11 other opinions on which fabrics should go in what order was very important in the creation of this quilt. Kind of like a quilting bee, only with Queso and Margaritas.