Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Island Batik Ambassador's Pieced to Perfection Blog Hop

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
Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for 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

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


  1. Great job piecing! Mariners Compass would be a block for me to piece.

  2. Wow! Your quilt is really gorgeous Suzy! You did an amazing job. I wouldn't have the nerve to attempt something like that. LOL

  3. Great job creating the circles.

  4. The New York Beauty block has been on my to do list for the last 15 years and I still haven't made it yet. Your quilt is such an inspiration

  5. Wow! You hit it out of the park with this one!

  6. Those fabrics shine and the white at the outer edges showcase the lime greens perfectly

  7. Absolutely gorgeous! You have such a creative mind!
    I've always wanted to make a Lone Star block big enough to add to the back of a denim jacket. I'm hoping to get it done this fall!

  8. What a gorgeous block! And such fun to see it come together.

  9. It came out gorgeous! I love how you went to Fed Ex to enlarge your pattern. Great idea.

  10. This is absolutely gorgeous, Suzy! You did a great job! Thanks for sharing your process.