Central Park Quilt – Wall Hanging

Central Park quilt

Central Park quilt

The Central Park quilted wall hanging is based on a photo that I took when I was in New York earlier this year.  I know that you are unlikely to want to re produce one of my holiday snaps, but I hope that this will give you some ideas on how you can create quilts based on a favourite photo.

The quilt measures 20″ by 30″ and I can’t really give you cutting requirements because mostly I used scraps to make it.  For the same reason there’s no special offer quilt this week, but I have decided to hold a general sale – 15% off all purchases over £5 for the next seven days.  Click on shop. No coupon needed:  the discount will be applied automatically at checkout.  As before, all quilt sale proceeds will be donated to Facing Africa.




Divide the backing into sections

Divide the backing into sections

The backing of the Central Park quilt

For the backing I have cut a rectangle of white fabric 20″ by 30″ – any fabric will do as this doesn’t show.  I have drawn a line at 10″ and at 20″, just to help me decide where to place everything.  It’s always best to divide your wall hanging into thirds rather than halves as it looks better.

Place the 1st strip right side up

Place the 1st strip right side up

Sewing the water

For the water of the reservoir I chose a selection of blues and cut them into strips of random widths – with the width varying across the strip so that they are more like wedges.

The first strip is placed right side up somewhere around the line one third of the way down the backing.  Pin in place.

Place the 2nd strip right side down

Place the 2nd strip right side down

The second strip is placed right side down on top of the first strip.  Match the lower edges and then sew 1/4″ from the lower edge.  Flip the second strip down and press.  Place the third strip right side down on the second strip, match the lower edges and sew in place.  Flip and press.  Keep going until you have reached the bottom of the backing fabric.

Pin the sky in place

Pin the sky in place

Adding the sky

For the sky I chose a light blue fabric with a small white pattern on it.  Cut a rectangle 20″ wide and as long as needed to meet up with the first blue strip.  This was about 11″ in my quilt.  Don’t worry about an exact fit against the blue strip – this part will be covered by the green fabric of the trees.

Make the buildings

Add the buildings

Add the buildings

For the buildings I used a rectangle of fabric about 9″ by 3.1/2″ and backed it with fusible interfacing.    I marked the buildings, cut them from the top part of the rectangle and pressed them to the right hand side of the Central Park wall hanging just above the first blue strip.  Again it doesn’t matter if the two pieces of fabric don’t quite butt up to each other – the join will be covered by the green fabric.

Cut the top of the strip for trees

Cut the top of the strip for trees

Add the trees

For the trees I used a green rectangle about 2.1/2″ by 20″ and backed it with fusible interfacing.  Working on the top of the strip, I cut a skyline of trees and curves to represent the trees and other vegetation.  On the right hand side, which would be in front of the buildings, I kept the curves fairly basic so that they wouldn’t cover the buildings.

Press in place across the top of the blue strip for the water and across the sky as well – hiding the raw edges of both.

Layer the Central Park quilt

Layer the quilt

Layer the quilt

At this stage I wanted to layer and quilt before I added the fountain.  In order to layer the quilt I used 21″ by 31″ rectangles of backing fabric and wadding.

For the sky I used a general meander quilting.  For the water I quilted scallops to represent the ripples.  I tried to keep the random look by making sure that the peaks and troughs were not directly under each other in the lines of quilting.

Quilt the wall hanging

Quilt the wall hanging

For the green strip of vegetation I used a very small satin stitch in a gold colour along both the top and bottom of the strip.  I used the same stitch but in black to outline the buildings.

For the sky and the water I used my free motion quilting foot, but for the satin stitch I used my walking foot.  Both of these allow the fabric to move under the quilting so that the fabric doesn’t pucker up.

Use organza for the fountain

Use organza for the fountain

Add the fountain

For the fountain I used a 12″ square of white organza fabric.  Any sheer fabric or netting would work just as well.  I managed to find some organza with glitter in it which was a bonus – it could look like the sun glinting off the water.

I rolled the fabric to make a denser section on the left hand side and then just folded and rippled the fabric for the rest of the fountain.  Finally I sewed it in place by hand.

New York skyline across the Jackie Onassis Reservoir

New York skyline across the Jackie Onassis Reservoir

Here’s the photo that I used as a basis for this Central Park quilt.  As I said above, I hope that it will give you some ideas for making your own quilted wall hangings from a photo.

Here’s the video:

Quinton church

Quinton church

This week I thought that I would show you a photo of Quinton Church.  It’s a lovely friendly church about a mile from where I live.