Here are more examples of blocks for my New York Beauty quilt.
You’ll notice that I was quilting each block as I completed it (four at a time). This was a real challenge for me. I used free motion quilting, specialty stitches from my machine, and straight lines with a walking foot. My quilting is far from perfect — I refer to it as “folk art quilting,” because it isn’t meant to be perfectly aligned or formed into perfect shapes. It’s free form and I’m OK what that; at least I was learning and developing confidence and creativity.
One of the most fun quilts I’ve completed is one called a “New York Beauty,” from Karen Stone’s book. The fabric is paper pieced, which normally causes perfect points to form. I love paper piecing but this project took three years to complete, because I’d decided to make 49 intricate blocks. Sometimes the project was set aside for weeks at a time, because it required so much focus and attention.
It began with a class — the teacher taught us how to organize the various colors and keep track of which fabrics have been used. For the first time, I kept a whole three-ring binder for the project, which did help a lot. She also taught us how to make various arcs and how to sew them together, and how to add outlines to some of the points.
All my fabrics were categorized into various colors and labels.
Watch for more beautiful examples on my next blog post!