Sunday, 16 December 2007

Two More NYC Blocks Made

My wall hanging is moving along nicely. I managed to get a further two blocks made yesterday.

These blocks are not as difficult as they appear. If you stitch a drunkards path block first to get used to stitching the curves you will be fine. The inner curves are the most difficult because of their size but I start with these ones and work towards the outside of the block which is the easiest curve to stitch. 6 down 10 to go!

Your foundation pieced sections can be printed to either freezer paper which you can buy in ready cut pieces for your printer or alternatively you can print them onto fine sew-in vilene which can be left in saving you the painstaking task of removing the paper. My blocks are 7" x 7" so the pieces are very small with the result the paper can be tricky to remove.

I have started to think about whether or not to add a border or just bind it. I will try out some border ideas in Electric Quilt first and see how they look.

I am using a CD of New York Beauty blocks by Karen K Stone - it can be linked to Electric Quilt and Quilt Pro. I have altered some of the blocks.


If you want to try simpler blocks and more abstracts NYC blocks the Radiant New York Beauties by Valori Wells is a great book.


Here is a link to blocks you can download. They are in PDF format. I just found these as I was looking for a source to share with you. New York Beauty Blocks for download.

7 comments:

Quilt Pixie said...

THANKS for the link! I've been toying with trying a New York Beauty block, but have never gotten to it... I'd never thought of using a foundation for it and that makes it seem a whole lot more manageable! Maybe over the break I get at Christmas....

Ruth said...

As I can't even piece something without curves, I think this is a bit over my head. But I love to see yours. And you've got a new header - it looks nice. You did that on the computer?

verobirdie said...

Thank you for all the explanations and the link to blocks. I've added it to my favourites. I think I'll try some in a rather near future.

Sandy said...

Boy have you been busy. I think I'll try some. Sandy

Shelina said...

Carol, I really enjoy seeing all your New York Beauties blocks. They are progressing quite nicely. That quit is on my to-do list to make, but it is way down the list, because I need to acquire some skills first!

Jacq said...

Your blocks are coming out very nice.

Suzanne said...

Carol your blocks are wonderful, and you are always so busy, stunning job, not that I really sew, but also love looking at what you create, and how you share all of what you do, with the explanations of how to, thanks for sharing,looking forward to see them completed.
Suzanne