Friday, February 17, 2012

Get Ready for the New York Beauty Quilt Along

My Sew-perbowl sewing extravaganza was actually a practice run for . . .

For this quilt along, I'm excited to teach you how to make a New York Beauty block with a 3-D shadow effect!

If you have never tried foundation piecing, or are just looking to brush up your skills, this is the quilt along for you! Believe me, I was more than intimidated before trying this technique. But after your first and second block, you'll gain confidence that you can make any foundation-pieced block that you'd like to try. :)

The quilt along will feature step-by-step photos and instructions for each block. We will be working with 10 New York Beauty blocks, and you can get a preview of the blocks here. Each block instruction makes one 8" x 8" block (as shown in the graphics); you can either assemble 4 of the same block to make one large 15.5" x 15.5" block (as pictured above), or you can mix and match to make something beautiful!

Wondering what you can do with these blocks in modern fabrics? Check out this mosaic for some inspiration!

New York Beauty Block - DQS12 Block inspiration

Seriously cute.

Here are the approximate fabric requirements if you are planning on making all ten 8" x 8" blocks. Quadruple this if you'd like to make complete circles from your blocks.

- 10 fat eighths for main fabrics (or 5 fat quarters or scrap fabric)
- 1-1/2 yards background fabric

And here is the schedule for the block tutorials:

March 5 - Kim from My Go-Go Life {Block 0}
March 12 - Sara from Sew Sweetness {Block 5}
March 19 - Megan from Canoe Ridge Creations (Block 1}
March 26 - Kati from From the Blue Chair {Block 8}
April 2 - Jeni from In Color Order {Block 7}
April 9 - Amy from Sukie Don't You Know Who I Am? {Block 6}
April 16 - Katy from The Littlest Thistle {Block 2}
April 23 - Lee from Freshly Pieced {Block 4}
April 30 - Amy from Amy Lou Who {Block 3}
May 7 - Lindsay from Lindsay Sews {Block 9}

If you are thinking about participating, please join the Flickr Group!
We'll be sharing fabric choices and help along the way!

Sew Sweetness
Grab a button and join us on March 5th for the first block of the series!! I'm going to start pulling some fabric for these fun blocks. I'm going to look for some Alexander Henry Heath to create a fun shadow effect.


  1. This is so cool and just timely as this is so on my list of quilts I want to do this year.

  2. Can't wait to see what everyone creates for this :o)

  3. Wow, this looks amazing! I'm going to have to find some time to jump in.

  4. Excited! Between this and Sew Out Loud, I'll be perfecting paper piecing skills.

  5. Such a beautiful block! and a beautiful mosaic of inspiration! Looks like a fun quilt along.

  6. Fabulous! Thanks for using my mosaic too - some excellent examples there! I've got to keep watch for when this starts!


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