Wednesday, April 29, 2009

PARK LANE VISTA

You know that I must be blog brain-dead again as I'm showing you another one of my quilts!! This particular quilt is entitled "Park Lane Vista" and was made in 1991-1992. It was named after a Denver hotel of my youth called "The Park Lane". My Mother and I stayed there often on our shopping trips to the big city. It had a restaurant on the top floor where at dusk you could see the entire city and it's lights with the stars shining down. I designed this quilt to reflect that wonderful memory of time spent with my Mother.


First, I made the 113 four-inch star blocks from scrap fabric from my stash. Then, I went in search for a striped fabric for the connecting blocks. At the Houston Quilt Festival in 1991, I spied the perfect fabric from a distance at one of the fabric vendors. When I got up close, I found that the fabric was from Japan and was $15 a yard. That's not an unusual price today but in 1991 that was expensive. I bit the bullet and bought the three yards I needed. I've never regretted the purchase, as it was just what I envisioned.

The quilt is 68" square and is hand quilted. It was published in the June 1993 issue of Quiltmaker Magazine.

Thanks for stopping by,
Sally

6 comments:

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Blog brain dead is good if this is what you're going to show us. That is beautiful. I can't imagine the amount of work that goes into creating a piece of art like that. laurie

onlymehere said...

I never tire of seeing your quilts and this one is stunning! You are an amazingly talented lady. I just started a public sewing blog and need to add you to my list over there! Cindy

Shelia said...

Oh, Sally, I never tire of looking at your beautiful quilts! This one is a stunner! Love the stories you've attached too!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Chari said...

Hi Sally...

So nice to have you back home, my friend! I hope that you had a nice trip! So happy to have you visit over at my place today...thank you for the sweet compliments!!!

Darlin', your Park Lane Vista quilt is spectacular!!! I can't even imagine the time and work that went into quilting this all by hand...but it's really beautiful and such a nice way to preserve special memories made with your Mother!!! I certainly can see how you had this beautiful quilt published...that's such an honor! I'd be so proud!!! Thank you for sharing your Park Lane memories with us!!!

Welcome home!
Love ya,
Chari

Carrie said...

The pattern of your beautiful quilt is truly evocative of the scene you described from the restaurant. Thanks for sharing this lovely design.

bj said...

Oh, Sally...I never, ever get tired of seeing your lovely quilts. You do the most amazing work...
have a happy day and thanks for coming by to see me today.
xo bj