Up in Lights Times Square December 2009

The Panasonic 28' x 38' foot Astrovision screen. Times Square photo ©Dale Riehl 2009, courtesy The City Quilter, New York
Paper piecing my way to...Times Square
The City Quilter quilt shop sponsored an exhibition of juried entries that had to have been made in New York.The Panasonic screening was an unexpected bonus of 15 seconds of fame, twice an hour, for five weeks, for some quilts.

Key West Beauty 2003. My six inch finished foundation pattern appears in Make It Simpler Paper Piecing

The Key West Beauty is a traditional block but the unique foundation pattern is of my design. Each of the 25 blocks in this scrappy quilt was individually paper pieced, onto a sheet of translucent vellum. The fabrics, based on old Pennsylvania Dutch patterns were from the 2003 collection by Anita Shackelford “Pennsylvania Plain & Fancy” for P&B Textiles.

Janice E. Petre of Sinking Spring, PA machine quilted the clamshell motif. The quilt was among 60 in the exhibition "Made in New York: City Quilting" Autumn, 2009, held at the Williams Club (NYC) organized by the City Quilter and curated by Judy Doenias.

There are no curved lines in the blocks; the circular illusion is created by strongly contrasting fabrics. The illusion works when the adjoining blocks meet (or appear to meet). When piecing the blocks I had an oversized bathroom so that’s where I hung the blocks as they were completed above, one by one.

Paper Piecing Tip:
 Bring the paper to the first patch, not the patch to the paper
 Left: The unfolded foundation pattern, printed side up. The fabric patch wrong side up.

Middle: Hovering pattern over patch after a light application of a fabric glue stick to the intended area of the vellum.

 Right: Seal the deal. Press the vellum to the patch. All patches were cut to size.
Talk about magnification: from 30 inches wide to 38 feet wide, quite the stretch. So much for “It will never be noticed on a galloping horse.”