A quilt I've always wanted to make is a New York Beauty and this week I decided to make a start.
These blocks were designed by Donna Duquette and I found them as a free download on the internet.
There are lots of free patterns and tutorials out there.
The main fabrics I'm using for this quilt are a selection of 18 fat quarters called Stonehenge by Linda Ludovico. They are gorgeous and bright and I'm mixing them with batiks.
I like doing the foundation piecing, that's good but I am not so keen on the curved seams. I am trying to be as neat and precise as I can but kept chopping some points off. I don't know how many times I sewed and unpicked some of the seams in this block.
Still not happy with it so decided to switch fabrics and PRACTICE.
This is a block before its sewn together.
Another one done - curved seams going ok now.
My DH and DD did not like these blocks - say they are too busy but I rather like that. A few more and I think they would make a pretty quilt for a little girl.
In the same pile as the New York beauty patterns I found these foundation pieced Mariners Compass patterns. I had printed them ages ago. They are from Quilting on the Square but I can't remember if it was a blog or a website I got them from and I cannot find it again to share the link with you. I used Blocks 1,2, and 3 but can only find the links to these blocks:
I used my Stonhenge fabrics for these and I love how they turned out. I may mix these 12" blocks with the 8" New York beauty blocks - undecided yet - think I will just see what happens as I go along.
Hope you will come back and follow my progress.
Enjoy your weekend