Sunday, June 12, 2022

New York Beauty Blog Hop with Island Batik

Welcome to my day on the Island Batik Ambassador's New York Beauty blog hop. 

What a wonderful challenge!  Last January, we received a box of fabric, including a Surprise bundle.  I couldn't show it then, but I received Pumpkin Spice, a collection of greens, golds, creams, and a touch of purple, using pumpkins, swirls, crows, a little spider web design, and ovals.  
 I also got 2 yards of Eggplant, a Basic, and a lighter green, which I didn't use.  I added some Sprinkles for background.  

I've had a New York Beauty quilt on my bucket list for a while, and know it's a challenge to create.  I looked online and used EQ8 to find inspiration.  I printed out a possible design, and kept it next to my computer for a while, but when I looked at it again, it was going to be too time consuming to create, so I went back to the drawing board in EQ8.  I imported the fabric SKUs from Island Batik to the program, and played with possibilities.  My final draft was this. 

Have I mentioned that final drafts actually are not final??  That happened again.  
I made a test block, but the spike band didn't have enough contrast, with the golds and greens in the spikes.  I ended up using the cream fabrics in the collection, and then a friend suggested I use a background border first, instead of the purple border, before the pieced triangle border.  

I had already cut many of the pieces for the spikes, and was happy to realize I could still use them within the checkerboard round, as well as the spikes.  

Since I'm not afraid of curves, I pieced the whole block.  I didn't use applique for the center quarter circle, or for the purple outer band and the final outer to make it square.  I don't really pin the arcs, either, except for the beginning and middle, and end if needed.  

It's a challenge to do it with only one hand, as the other was holding the camera, but you get the idea.  My machine has a setting to lift the foot a bit when I stop, and I use the 1/4" foot with guide.  As you can see at the end, the curve is smooth without puckers.  It takes a little practice, but I think it's much faster than sewing with a million pins in it, and gives a better result.  

So, here are the details.  I used every fabric in the Pumpkin Spice collection.  The darkest teal greens were only in the pieced border and I used both for the binding, as I didn't have enough of the Eggplant left for that.  The inner purple arcs used a lot of fabric, so I needed the 1 darkest purple half yard piece, plus some of Eggplant.  
Quilt measures 73" square, made with 16 12" pieced blocks, and then the pieced border.  I should have adjusted the cream border's size to make the pieced border fit better, but it still looks good to me. 
I used EQ8 software and printed the Checkerboard NY Beauty block on Carol Doak's foundation paper, and pieced each block.  The sections needed to be taped together to make it work.  I used the center arc, the purple arc and the outer section as a pattern to cut the sections needed.  All centers are the same fabric.  4 of the outer sections were the green with gold pumpkins, and the other 12 were Sprinkles background.  Blocks were arranged to make the purple circle, with the other circles "behind".  

I used the Studio 180 Designs Corner Beam tool for the 4 1/2" corner blocks in the pieced border, and Jaybird Quilts Super Sidekick to cut the 4 1/2" equilateral triangles for the border.  A 6" border of Eggplant was added, and the binding is the darkest teals.  I alternated the leaf print with the crow print, but don't think there's enough showing for it to matter.  

Machine stitching used Aurifil 50wt in 2310, one of my favorites for piecing.  It's a great neutral tan color.  I used a Schmetz needle, and changed it after I was done sewing on paper.  Both were size 12, Microtex.  I also cleaned out the machine after sewing on the paper.  

Backing is a wide back 100% cotton sateen I have, in cream, and batting is Warm & Natural.  The Pantograph is Leaves in the Wind from My Creative Stitches.  Thread is Aurifil 40-3 in 2326, Sand, a perfect color to blend over the fabrics, but show on the Eggplant border.  I wanted the piecing to star in this one.  I finished it with an embroidered label using Almond and 40wt Aurifil black thread.  

Photos were shot in my back yard, as well as Eisenhower Park, near the 911 Memorial structure (the steel towers behind the photo) and the Veterans Memorial building.  I wish I had a place nearby where I could safely park and see the New York City skyline, to get photos of the New York Beauty in New York City, but the timing and rain didn't cooperate.  I figured the best location was in memory of the World Trade Towers.  

Here are more photos, including one with Heather, who is now 6 months old, and hopped right on the chair for the photo.  She's already learning how to model my quilts!!  

Outtake!  It was windy!  My friend is a good sport to help with the photos.  

I picked this panto because I felt it was the most elegant for the quilt, and the swirls were similar to some in the fabric tjaps.  

Island Batik has a give away, so please use the Rafflecopter link for that.  

I appreciate all your comments, so please let me know what you think of Pumpkin Spice, and if you want to make a NY Beauty quilt, and I'll choose a random comment to win something from me.  I'm not sure what it will be yet, so it's a surprise.  Thanks so much for commenting and following my blog.  

And visit Jennifer's blog for her inspiring NY Beauty in the same collection.  This week's schedule is below. 

June 13:

Jennifer Thomas, Curlicue Creations
Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine

June 14:

Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts
Anorina Morris, Samelia’s Mum

June 15:

Michelle Roberts, Creative Blonde Gifts
Lisa Pickering, Lisa’s Quilting Passion

June 16:

Denise Looney, For the Love of Geese
Connie Kauffman, Kauffman Designs

June 17:

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 2 and Giveaway


Sewgirl said...

Wow! You have some great piecing skills! Your quilt turned out just lovely. Thanks for sharing.

Homesewn said...

Absolutely beautiful! Love the colors and the pops of purple. Your piecing is perfect as usual.

Sandra said...

Great job! Really fun and I'm in awe of your curved piecing skills (and filming it too).

Gene Black said...

It looks great. For some reason ANY time I try to take a quilt photo the wind misbehaves.

Bonnie58 said...

I love your design. it shows off the luscious colours so much. Thanks for sharing

Jennifer Thomas said...

I love the way your quilt came out! It's so different from mine. The Pumpkin Spice fabrics were so yummy to sew with. Have a great day!

Lori Smanski said...

wow but your quilt is gorgeous. I love everything about it. The color placements, the quilting, etc. Thanks for sharing and inspiring. I would say I buy about 8-15 yrds. of fabric a year. It all so depends on what I am doing that year.

Cindy Shelley said...

I want to try a New York Beauty Quilt..... or maybe just a table runner!!!!

Kathy R. said...

Pumpkin Spice made a beautiful quilt! The colors are great. I buy way too much fabric, but it is fun.

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works4me said...

I appreciate you letting us know the process - the design fails. It helps to know that even Island Batik Ambassadors have challenges and have to regroup like the rest of us. :)
My fabric purchases vary wildly, from nothing to meters and meters. A lot of it depends on if I leave the house and set foot in a fabric store. lol

cjmont said...

your quilt is gorgeous; i love your color placement

Kathleen said...

I love this and I think your changes to the original design were perfect. I love the white and the lighter color next to the points...really makes the NY Beauty pop!

Jayne said...

Your placement of the fabrics really makes this a great quilt

Nancy A: said...

I love that the Pumpkin Spice bundle has purple in it. Makes a beautiful quilt.

Diantha said...

Wow! This is a great design - and the colors look so good. I like that you used the cream background for the points - they really stand out.
I had never heard of "New York Beauty" block, but would like to try it now.

Barb said...

Love the "Pumpkin Spice" designs--also admire your New York Beauty--I have been afraid to try that design as yet, but maybe one day soon!

Barb said...

I would guess I purchase anywhere from 25 to 30 yards per year--I am trying to hold it down as I have a "Large" stash!!

Beth said...

This is gorgeous. I especially love your choice of border fabric, which really provides outstanding contrast to the feature fabrics. I like this collection, and when I see it used I like it even more--it looks lighter than I thought it would. Your NY Beauty is just stunning, although I am intimidated when I think of making my own.

Susan said...

Your quilt is beautiful. I like the actual quilt better than your first draft.

Lee said...

WOW! Beautiful quilt! The piecing you do is amazing.

Carol Andrews said...

MaryEllen your quilt is simply beautiful. It’s perfect with the Pumpkin Spce collection. I have made a few New York Beauty blocks but would like to make a queen size quilt one day utilizing this block. I’ve been doodling some ideas but nothing seems just right yet!

tac73 said...

I would like to try a New York Beauty block sometime. I your quilt is gorgeouse in these fabrics.

Brenda @ Songbird Designs said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Maryellen!

Lisa England said...
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Lisa England said...

The Pumpkin Spice fabrics are lovely! Such great colors. I love New York Beauty quilts and have made several. Yours is just gorgeous!
As for the question about the number of yards of fabric I purchase per year, I don't try to track it because it would be such a big number! As fabric prices have gone up I have been trying to be more conservative in my purchasing.

Cecilia said...

The fabric is beautiful and I would love to make a New York Beauty one day.

MrsV said...

Wow - great job. It can be hard when things don't go as planned, but you did a excellent job changing your plan (and friends are always helpful for that). I think you've shown off this lovely fabric line well.
I have never considered making a New York beauty, but seeing all the different designs and construction methods has been inspiring - though I'm not sure I'm brave enough for no pin curved piecing.

JANET said...

Love the colors in Pumpkin Spice. I have not made a NYB as yet, but do have patterns to make one. Right now, I am trying to finish up some UFOs.

Pamela said...

I said ohhh as soon as I saw your beautiful quilt! I'm so impressed by your drafting skills! And the color placement is awesome too. This is a beautiful collection. I'd love to make a tote bag with it. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work!

Cindy Shelley said...

Your quilt is gorgeous. I think it's my far.

Sue D said...

Love the colors and pattern. Pumpkin Spice is a fabulous collection.
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