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

Saturday 5 July 2014

Breakfast at Tiffanys Lap Quilt - finished!

Hi everyone

Hope you have a good week.  I've had my quilting blinkers on determined to get this lap quilt finished.
Thank you to everyone who left a comment last week.
I did get the quilting finished.  Here is the progress in photos.
If you missed the first post on this quilt, you can find it here.

I'm feeling much more confident on my frame now and am really enjoying it.  I don't think I'll ever free motion  quilt another big quilt on the table top - maybe just small projects.
I just have to trim and bind this now.  I'm already thinking what I can load onto the frame next........
Thanks for visiting today.

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