Monday, May 30, 2011

New York Decision: a journal quilt

   Backtracking on my journal quilts, of one a week, I am posting about our recent trip to New York City. It is such a treat to stay in first son's beautiful home to visit art galleries and museums while he is on vacation. This time it was a joy to visit the other son's new work place, the Chrysler Building near Grand Central. We were so excited for Bill to make this move but the decision making was harrowing to observe!
     We ate well and visited museums and libraries and, of course, The City Quilter where I got this fabric. The fireworks are from another piece of material, machine embroidered. I machine quilted quickly around the basic structures but some bead embellishment would add.

"The Chrysler Building
This quintessential art deco skyscraper is an icon of the extravagance and dynamism of New York in the Roaring 20s. The tower architect William Van Alen designed for auto tycoon Walter Chrysler features stylized hood ornaments, wheels and hubcaps. Its height was altered several times in a well-publicized race with the Bank of Manhattan Trust building. The needle-like spire was concealed until the last stage of construction to put it over the top to become the world's tallest building in 1930."   I found this information on a postcard at MOMA in a collection of postcard models...with tips on construction www.buildyourownnewyork.com for the crafty. Build Your Own New York Postcard Models  Scale: 1:3000 Wurlington Brothers Press
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72 comments:

  1. I love, LOVE the New York journal quilt. What a perfect collage skyline! And, your addition of the exploding fireworks is the type of image that so many of us see when we watch the various July 4th celebrations. The Chrysler Building is fascinating to see - both in pictures and in "real life," and I love the most interesting facts about its construction.

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  2. The fabrics used in this journal quilt are so beautiful! And I loved your fussy cutting and then embroidering or quilting the fireworks fabric over the NY skyline piece. You did it so skillfully that it truly looked as if it were one piece of fabric. Or, really, one painting! Good for you for going back to "catch up" on your journal quilting. You now have such a treasure-trove of a wonderful pictorial or artistic diary of your past couple of years in your journal quilts. It sorta/kinda makes me wish I had kept up with this exercise, but all of my other quilting projects just kept bumping journal quilting to the back of the line. And now, the journal quilts have just fallen into limbo. Ah well; we can't do it all!
    Loved learning about the Chrysler Bldg. and, wow, what one can learn from a postcard!

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  3. This is one of my favorites of your journal quilts. What PIZZAZZ - just like NYC. You have an eye and a heart for expressing what we can all notice if we are in tune with our surroundings. I love the way you "journal" with fabric. s

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