Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Wednesday WIP





Note to self: when signing up for swaps and then sewing for your partner, it is generally easier to make things within your area of expertise.

I have  long admired some of the fabulous New York Beauty blocks I have seen turned into mini quilts and cushions. Knowing that they were paper pieced, and now that I am comfortable attempting paper-piecing, I thought I'd be able to sew these, easy peasy. The triangular points, no problem, they were fun.   Not so the curved rings and borders.   After unpicking the block I completed over the weekend, cos I wasn't happy with it, repinning it and trying again, I was almost ready to throw it out. Time for a different tactic.  I have since learned, that for me pinning well, then hand basting, removing the pins and then sewing the curves is giving me a lot more even and flatter sitting rings. They are not perfect, but I am so much happier with how they look. I still have some more borders and centres to add, then the decision as to whether it is a cushion or mini quilt.  Luckily I have a little time to work on this.  Stay tuned.

Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

9 comments:

  1. Hi Julie, They look good to me. I know what you mean though. I used a template for hand piecing a sunburst block by Meredith Clarke and it was fantastic and it also had the corner piece to make it square. :)

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  2. a new york beauty is high on my bucket list since years, but Im so scared of it,
    yours looks so amazing, really love it

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  3. Your colour choices are looking great but I can also imagine your frustration at the curves....

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  4. I think this is just beautiful and you did an amazing job! I have this on my bucket list of things I want to try as well!

    Stopping by from Lee's hop http://domesticdeficitdisorder.blogspot.com/2014/05/wip-wednesday-may-14th.html

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  5. I find the curves pretty tricksy, too! A lot of pins and some very careful and slow sewing. But your NYB block looks lovely!

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  6. Wow. I'm still too scared of curves. And hand basting before taking the pins out sounds like a ton of work. Good for you for persevering!

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  7. How do you do it!!! I tried to sew in the round and it was a nightmare!!! I so admire your talent!!! It is beautiful! Nicole xoxo

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  8. I agree with Nicole, how do you do it? I also admire your talent and patience.
    Carla

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  9. Oh my goodness ... what a lucky swap partner!!

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