Saturday, October 28, 2017

Scrappy Trip Quilt Gifted and Lady Liberty

The orange peel quilting is finished and the binding is on so this little quilt was washed, dried, and delivered to the Boy Who Likes Green.

Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt in greens with red diagonals
Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt

Three pieces of green fabric were used on the back.

Three green fabrics make the back of this toddler quilt
Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt back
Gayle gifted me the green for the binding. She was tired of it; there was just enough for this small quilt.

Binding is a medium green print on this Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt
Detail of binding on Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt

Here's a closeup of the quilting. Not bad.

Orange peel curved free motion quilting on Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt
Detail of Orange peel quilting

Quilt Details
Size: 43"" x 43"
Design: Scrappy Trip Around the World
Batting: Mountain Mist Blue Ribbon100% cotton
Thread: grey Aurifil cotton 50/2 thread
Quilting: Orange peel with walking foot

Personally, Mountain Mist is one of my favorites but the batt does shrink with the first wash. {About two-inches in this case but it's been as much as four inches.} I like the crinkled effect on the quilting, the very light weight, and prefer these 100% cotton batts.

Previous posts:
The other Scrappy Trip was mailed, too, but in the rush to get to the post office I forgot to take a photo. Here's the top. These quilts were made sequentially so have similar fabrics although this second one has more pinks. The back is pink, too.

Green Scrappy Trip quilt with pinks and reds on the main diagonal
The second Scrappy Trip has pinks and reds on the main diagonal

Until the previous post went live I didn't realize it was all about "man" quilts - either for men or made by men. War and Pieced is at the American Folk Art Museum in NYC until January 7. It moves to the International Study Center at the University of Lincoln-Nebraska on May 25 and runs till September 16, 2018. Hopefully you will be able to see it at one of these museums.


Lady Liberty
I was finally able to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Tickets to these sites sell out well in advance; there was only one left when we found out we were going to NYC. I took it and planned everything else around it. The overcast day made great photos.

Statue of Liberty lit by low angle sun shining through clouds
The Statue of Liberty

Sculpted by Frederic Bartholdi, the statue is a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States. I knew the pedestal was built by the people of the US but didn't know the statue languished in storage for eight years until Joseph Pulitzer, a Hungarian immigrant, created a unique fundraising concept. Every person who donated at least a penny had their name published on the front page of his paper. He raised $100,000 in five months from 125,000 Americans and new arrivals. An immigrant with a newspaper.

"Immigrants. We get the job done."

I also didn't know Gustav Eiffel built the infrastructure of the statue. A wrought iron central pylon with a framework for cross-braced iron angle bar looks a bit like the Eiffel Tower. Flat iron bars connect the skin support system to the frame and act like springs allowing the skin to adjust to temperature and wind changes. Spectacular.

Statue of Liberty cutaway model shows interior framework designed by Gustav Eiffel
Model cutaway of the Statue of Liberty showing the framework

The pedestal sits on Fort Wood, an eleven-point star fort built in 1808. The design came from French engineers so, of course, it reminds me of Fort Ticonderoga (which you remember was built by the French.)

Low angle sun highlights the Statue of Liberty on Fort Wood base
The Statue of Liberty
New Yorkers are the kindest people. They helped with my large bag on the subway and stopped to give directions. I so appreciated their friendly help. Thanks, New York!

Linking with Oh, Scrap and Finish it up Friday. Check the lovely quilts there.

Enjoy the day,
Ann

18 comments:

  1. Great quilts and interesting information about the Statue of Liberty!

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    1. Thanks. It's certainly a place we should all visit. And a world heritage site.

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  2. Congratulations on your finishes! I'm sure they will be loved.
    It sounds like you had a good trip, thanks for sharing photos.

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    1. They are already in use. Don't we love that!
      It was an unexpected and wonderful trip.

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  3. Both Scrappy Trips are super, I love the reds in the first one and the pinks in the second, I must finish mine!!

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    1. Scrappy Trips always seem to make up beautifully. I haven't seen a bad one yet. Plus they are always well used by the recipient. I think they're a wonderful everyday baby quilt.

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  4. Two more finishes - you are on a roll and how satisfying that they are already in use. I had never thought about how the Statue of Liberty was constructed, but found it fascinating!

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    1. Yes, I feel so virtuous! It's great to get things finished and in use by someone. They are pretty and will be well-used.
      I hadn't thought about the Statue's construction either. Thinking back, I've never been inside a statue before, only stone or brick monuments. It now makes perfect sense that there's a mini-Eiffel Tower inside the Statue. I wish I could have taken a tour of the site, especially with an engineer.

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  5. Wonderful finishes! Boy, that’s a lot of orange peels to stitch. They’re kind of addictive, aren’t they? Interesting info about the Statue of Liberty. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Orange peel is addictive. It's a good variation to my usual grid quilting. And I'm better at it after these two.
      I'd love to tour the Statue again with an engineer.

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  6. It is amazing how using different colors change the looks of a quilt. Both look great! Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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    1. I always find Scrappy Trip interesting. Haven't seen an ugly one yet. And a great way to use up our scraps. Thanks for hosting the linkup.

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  7. The scrappy trip around the world quilts turned out lovely! I am sure the recipients will be very happy! I have never been to the Statue of Liberty. She looks so majestic in your photos!

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    1. The kids love the quilts which makes me very pleased.
      I took photos of the Statue on the island but the angle was too close to look as good as these from the ferry. Can you imagine how people felt seeing it on the horizon? We are fortunate.

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  8. Congrats on the finishes! I've never tried a Scrappy Trip except for one with BIG six inch squares of travel fabrics. Your quilting turned out really nice. I'll have to keep that in mind for a quit that will lend itself to it like the TATW. I'm glad you mention threads you use each time. I need to branch out a little in that area and try some new threads. Do you have a specific source where you buy them? I have a problem with threads fraying a lot of the time so want to try different ones instead of the cheapie ones I buy now.

    I visited the Statue of Liberty when I was 12 and was in NY for the 1964 World's Fair. Wish I had a camera back then. Ah, the memories.

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    1. Since I live in large cities I can usually find different threads locally. Gutermann is at Joann's fabric. Metler is everywhere else. I got Superior and Presencia the last time I was in Dallas but that store has closed. I'd just look online. There is quite a difference between 50 and 60 wt Presencia - thickness. I am getting to like it quite well. It sews well for me and I can get it on very large spools (400+yds.) I like Superior but their spools are so small.

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  9. You got some great photos! I imagine it is significantly more impressive close up, when you can really feel the scale. Sounds like you're having a great trip!

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    1. It is so impressive up close but photos are better from a distance. Unexpected and delightful trip.

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