Friday, 11 July 2014

New York Beauty and Mariners Compass Blocks

A quilt I've always wanted to make is a New York Beauty and this week I decided to make a start.
These blocks were designed by Donna Duquette and I found them as a free download on the internet.
There are lots of free patterns and tutorials out there.

The main fabrics I'm using for this quilt are a selection of 18 fat quarters called Stonehenge by Linda Ludovico. They are gorgeous and bright and I'm mixing them with batiks.
I like doing the foundation piecing, that's good but I am not so keen on the curved seams.  I am trying to be as neat and precise as I can but kept chopping some points off.  I don't know how many times I sewed and unpicked some of the seams in this block.

Still not happy with it so decided to switch fabrics and PRACTICE. 

 This is a block before its sewn together.

Another one done - curved seams going ok now.

 My DH and DD did not like these blocks - say they are too busy but I rather like that.  A few more and I think they would make a pretty quilt for a little girl.
In the same pile as the New York beauty patterns I found these foundation pieced Mariners Compass patterns.  I had printed them ages ago.  They are from Quilting on the Square but I can't remember if it was a blog or a website I got them from and I cannot find it again to share the link with you.  I used Blocks 1,2, and 3 but can only find the links to these blocks:

 I used my Stonhenge fabrics for these and I love how they turned out.  I may mix these 12" blocks with the 8" New York beauty blocks - undecided yet - think I will just see what happens as I go along.  

Playing with layouts now....

Hope you will come back and follow my progress.
Enjoy your weekend


Grit said...

Wow, all your blocks are so, so wonderful.

Diane-crewe said...

once you get the hang of them ... addictive!! NOT a fan of pink to be honest .. but like the other 2 blocks x

Genee' Davis said...

You're correct thinking the pink would make a great little girl quilt! Thank you for is a block I've wanted to try for awhile now, but have it on my "someday" list! ;-)

gisèle said...

Fantastique , je pas d'autres mots
Bonne fin de semaine

Quilting Tangent said...

Your blocks are wonderful. Your link to block 12 and 5 go to the same place. Do you have directions you can share for the 2nd Mariners Compass?

Annie said...

I really like the pink and green blocks, fantastic job.
I also love your country, sooo beautiful, have visited seven times.It leaves a soft spot in my heart.
I enjoy your blog!


Michele said...

I struggle with curves too so I don't do them often. I like what you've got going on so far with your blocks.

Debbie Collins said...

I love the pink scrappy blocks....they are adorable!!! Thanks for the free pattern links!

dq said...

I love your work. I know why too; it is because you are particular. I think it makes all the difference. NY Beauty is on my list to do. Maybe in 2015.

Martha said...

The colors are so bright and gorgeous!!! Cannot wait to see what you come up with!!!!

NancyL said...

The colors are wonderful. NancyL

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