Thursday, June 23, 2022

Island Batik Ambassador's New York Beauty Blog Hop

I was thrilled that my New York Beauty I titled Spiraling Around New York took an Honorable Mention Ribbon at the Minnesota Quilter's Show!  It features the new Woodblock Bouquet collection from Island Batik.

Here are the gorgeous fabrics in this collection.  I'll be the first to admit I am not a big fan of brown.  However, I love a warm rich chocolate brown which is heavily featured in this collection and I found them great fun to work with.

My first block complete!

This is the first block's twin sister.  I made two of each style,

And I did a whole lot of pinning to make sure the curves worked well.  I definitely learned a lot about curves on this project.

I also figured out how to make the inner and outer curves easier.  I used and Accuquilt die for Drunkard's Path for the inner curve and the outer curve is from the Accuquilt Pickle Dish die.  Then I drafted my block size in Electric Quilt 8 to make these two pieces fit perfectly. What size were they?  9 7/8.  A strange size to be sure, but when paper piecing the middle section it really didn't matter and I didn't have to hand cut all the curves.

So nice not having to cut these pieces.

My stack of blocks.  I think this arrow one is my favorite.

The biggest stumper on this project for me was the layout.  I wanted these blocks I had spent so much time on to SING.  I went through many possibilities...

I finally decided I liked these off center spiral designs best.

But of course I was short...and had to make a few more!

Top complete!

I decided this needed to be quilted like a show quilt, so each area is quilted in matching Aurifil thread.  I don't have a lot of brown in my thread collection so my mom and I drove around to many quilt stores in the Minneapolis area collecting them.  I used my favorite batting for show quilting Hobbs silk batting.  It drapes so nicely.  My Schmetz Microtex Needles also were great at going through some of the really densely layered intersections.

I decided to add a piping to separate the quilt from the binding.  I also used a fat half inch binding to get a picture frame effect.

Blocking the quilt to lay flat is always a scary proposition as you have to get it wet!  I didn't prewash these fabrics.  However, when washing the whole quilt I use Synthrapol in the washer on hot as well as a few color catchers and the quilt came out perfectly clean.  No bleeding!

My quilt hanging at the show.  Always so fun to see.

To win one of these FQ Bundles from Island Batik, Click Here

To win my scraps (and there is quite a bit, many fat quarter sized) leave a comment below.  I will choose a winner by random draw on July 1.
I hope you get to quilt today!
Be sure to see what my fellow Ambassadors have created:

Brenda Alburl ~ Songbird Designs
Megan Best ~ Bestquilter
Pamela Boatright ~ Pamelaquilts
Elizabeth DeCroos ~ Epida Studio
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter
Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts
Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for quilts
Reed Johnson ~ Blue Bear Quilts
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Denise Looney ~ For The Love Of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine
Anorina Morris –
Lisa Pickering ~ Lisa’s Quilting Passion
Claudia Porter ~ Create with Claudia
Gail Renna ~ Quilt Haven Threads
Brianna Roberts ~ Sew Cute And Quirky
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Andi Stanfield ~ True Blue Quilts
Sandra Starley ~ Textile Time Travels
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations


  1. You made a very pretty quilt! The colors in this collection play well together. Congrats on the Honorable Mention Ribbon.

  2. Gorgeous quilt! I love the way you staggered the block setting. Definitely a winner!

  3. Oh my! Yours is definitely a show quilt! It's worthy of many ribbons and a very special place to showcase it in your home! I'm sure it pushed your limits, but was very worthwhile in every sense. Bravo to you!

  4. Congratulations! Very stunning quilt!

  5. Truly an amazing quilt. You have incredible design and piecing skills. I especially love how you showed the many possible arrangements of blocks. The piped edge really adds a beautiful finishing touch. Again, you have made a wonderful quilt shown by the fabulous ribbon. Congratulations!

  6. Wow! That is a stunning quilt. That must have taken forever to piece all those NYB blocks!

  7. That is beautiful. Congratulations on your ribbon.

  8. I love your quilt! I wasn't a big fan of this line but now that I see the colors in a quilt I think I must have some!

  9. oh but these fabrics are lovely. they look like they were so much fun to play with. your quilt is fabulous. I love the secondary pattern that immerges. thanks for sharing and for inspiring. I need to pull out my pattern and give it a go now

  10. Your quilt is beautiful! I love the way it makes the blocks spin!

  11. Beautiful quilt and yay for your awesome quilting!

  12. Wow! That is quite a quilt! Very impressive. I like the piping to set off border/binding.

  13. That's a stunning quilt! I love the colors in this collection. I really like the addition of the piping. I don't often think to make those little additions to my quilts...usually by that point I am just hoping to get it quilted and finished!

  14. What a fun design! It reminded me of a kaleidoscope. Those colors just bounce around.

  15. Your quilt is stunning! Congratulations on winning in the show! Thanks for sharing the story of this quilt and for sharing your leftover fabric. And thanks for the "I hope you get to quilt today" wish. That is such a thoughtful thing to say to a quilter - I'm going to start using that line!

  16. This is a stunning quilt. Love it.

  17. I just love everything about your quilt inspiration—the possible layouts enhance these striking blocks—they needed that. Thanks for sharing your story and congratulations on your award

  18. What an amazing quilt! Love everything about it.

  19. Loved watching your layout process.

  20. What an amazing quilt!

  21. This is such a beautiful quilt. Thank you for sharing such thorough details on its creation. I was a bit shocked to read that you washed it on hot! I held my breath for a second and was relieved to read that there was no bleeding. Hooray!

  22. B-eautiful with a capital B! Well deserved ribbon. I could look at this quilt for hours, there are so many details. Have a great day.

  23. I really enjoyed reading about your design routine, seeing the beautiful fabrics and your finished quilt. Of all your trial runs at the layouts this was my favourite. The offset setting is perfect. This stunning quilt just works! Beautiful quilting and a well deserved ribbon just adds to the fun and beauty of this quilt.

  24. And your quilt definitely sings! And the piping and wide binding is perfect the the rest of the quilt. Needless to say, I really love your quilt. Nancy A:

  25. I love when we get to see some of the different layouts that are tried before the final one. Your quilt is beautiful and one of those that every time I look at it I notice something new that I love about it. Sometimes I think it looks like a spiral staircase being looked at from above.

  26. I love your NYB layout. This is lovely. Thanks for sharing

  27. I love your NY Beauty quilt. The colors and your layout is so difficult with the look of the snail swirl effect. Congrats on your ribbon.