I'm on cloud nine. I just bought a quilt made using a well-known Karen Stone pattern called "Lady Liberty Goes to Hawaii" from the 2004 Electric Quilt Company book Karen K. Stone Quilts (ISBN 1-893824-27-6). Marita Wallace, long-arm quilter and owner of Rather-Bee Quilting Service in San Diego, California, made the quilt and had it for sale on Etsy. Wallace taught herself to quilt reading books by Eleanor Burns. She has pieced tops for 25 years and worked as a long-arm quilter for the last ten years.
|Marita Wallace's version of Karen Stone's "Lady Liberty Goes to Hawaii"|
Wallace's quilt is the second modern-day New York Beauty quilt in my collection. I also have a quilt made by Nancy Tanguay, purchased through Etsy.
|New York Beauty, 2010, by Nancy Tanguay, Warren, Connecticut|
Stone is a key figure in the recent wave of the New York Beauty quilts, and her contributions are multifaceted. Her quilts involve foundation piecing, vibrant colors, new ways of setting the blocks, and a dazzling mix of variations on the basic spiked wedge. The blocks, traditionally set as spiked quarter circles wedged in the corner of a parallelogram, are now turned inward and pushed together to form stacked and swirling circles.
|Border detail of quilt made by Marita Wallace using Karen Stone's pattern.|
|Detail of quilt made by Marita Wallace using Karen Stone's pattern.|
As a preview for my show at the Benton County Historical Museum which opens on August 5th, I will be doing a talk at the Northwest Quilters Show on Friday, March 11th at noon. The show runs from March 10th through the 12th at the Portland Metropolitan Exposition Center at 2060 North Marine Drive, Portland. The Oregon Quilt Project will also be at the show documenting quilts on Saturday, March 12th. For information on volunteering or making appointments to get your quilts documented, check out the Oregon Quilt Project Calendar.