This month the Island Batik Ambassadors were challenged to create a foundation paper pieced or English paper pieced project. I have a great love for New York Beauty blocks. I also like to make 4 of them to make a complete circle.
For my paper pieced project I received the gorgeous Ornate Gems collection by Kathy Engle for Heidi Pridemore of The Whimsical Workshop. When I looked ta the patterns to the fabrics I knew I wanted to make a large New York Beauty to showcase the beautiful fabrics.
I designed a simple New York Beauty block in Electric Quilt 8, but it wouldn't let me print it as large as I wanted it. What to do? Make a smaller print and then take it to FedEx Office to increase the size on their large scale printer. It was more expensive than I had anticipated, but made the job so much easier!
I then cut my pieces and started paper piecing. Here is the middle ring all complete.
The next challenge was connecting the rings to each other. The first thing I did was stitch along the edge of the ring with no thread in the machine to perforate the fabric and the paper. Then I peeled back about an inch of the paper and was able to glue baste the circle's seam allowance down. This was easy due to the perforation in the fabric.
Then I pinned the rings together and sewed a 1/8" topstitch around the edge of the circle to connect the rings. Then there was a lot of paper ripping to do!
This project got so big I finally brought up an extra table to help me pin.
I then layered my quilt with my favorite Hobbs 80/20 Poly Cotton batting and had fun quilting wavy lines radiating from the center of the quilt with Aurifil Thread and Schmetz Microtex Needles.
Here's a giveaway for some gorgeous fat quarter collections!
See below for a list of stores who have Ornate Gems precuts available!
All About Quilts-MA MA
Bill's Sewing Machine Company NC
Calico Cat-HI HI
Cary Quilting Co-NC NC
Creekside Quilts-OR OR
Custom Stitchery-OR OR
Fat Tuesday Fabrics and Gifts LA
Hancocks of Paducah KY
Laural's Fabrics and More, LLC MN
Little Timber Quilts MT
Loose Threads-WI WI
My Favorite Quilt Store-TX TX
Pam's Fabric Nook FL
Prairie Point Quilt and Fabric Shop KS
Queen Bee Quilts WI
Quilter's Cove-OR OR
Sandy Creek Quilts WI
Texas Roots Quilting TX
The Jewel Box Fabric Shoppe KY
The Needle Workshop WI
I hope you get to quilt today!
Check out all the other Island Batik Ambassadors!
Brenda Alburl ~ Songbird Designs
Renee Atkinson ~ Pink Tulip Quilting
Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts
Susan Deshensky ~ Lady Blue Quilts
Brittany Fisher ~ Bobbin with Brittany
Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts
Reed Johnson ~ Blue Bear Quilts
Victoria Johnson ~ Forever Quilting for You
Randi Jones ~ Randi’s Roost
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Denise Looney ~ Quiltery – For The Love Of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine
Anorina Morris ~ sameliasmum.com
Lisa Pickering ~ Lisa’s Quilting Passion
Sarah Pitcher ~ Pitcher’s Boutique
Claudia Porter ~ Create with Claudia
Lana Russel ~ Lana Quilts
Elita Sharpe ~ Busy Needle
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Sandra Starley ~ Textile Time Travels
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt