Reading posts with friends on Facebook about how much drama occurs in holiday get togethers gave me the idea to make this design. I wasn’t sure it was a good idea at the time but friends chimed in telling me to make it, ‘it is necessary’.
I made this quilt for my friend Paula to display wherever and whenever she deems necessary.
I saw a red dress on-line this style with a huge Mandela printed on it. “What a great idea”, I thought.
At 26 inches across, the New York Beauty design was the natural choice – a generally round design and made the HNQ (Hoop N’ Quilt) method – it couldn’t be simpler or less risky to put onto my dress.
So, I went about zig zag sewing the NY Beauty pieces together creating this great big appliqué. I was afraid the extra fabric associated with an appliqué this large would be too heavy on the side of this light weight cotton gauze dress. Using wss (water-soluble stabilizer), the appliqué turned out not to be so heavy after all and draped nicely.
Working from my ironing board I pinned, and then hand-basted the appliqué to the dress, working from the center of the design out towards the points.