Sunday, March 18, 2012

New York Quilt Along Blocks 0 & 5

Sew Sweetness

Sara at Sew Sweetness is hosting a New York Beauty Quilt Along on her blog that I have happened to join along in. These blocks are all paper pieced and I have found a new love for this art.

This quilt was at the quilt show I went to a month ago and when I looked at this quilt I then wondered what I had signed up for. All those pieces should have made me run as fast as I could but it didn't. I was scared with all the colors so I was still undecided on what fabrics I was going to use.

So the 5th of March was the day that the tutorial for Block 0 came out over at My Go-Go Life hosted by Kim. As I read over the directions I decided that the curved seams were going to be my hardest part. The more I read the directions, the more I told myself I could do this.

I continued to watch the Flickr group to get inspiration on colors. One particular square kept catching my eye and I knew what I was going to do. I decided 2 colors were going to be my destiny. One was a plain old Kona White with the other fabric being from a stash of  a sentimental piece. The purple is from dresses that I had made my 2 girls 14 years ago as Christmas dresses. I have had these dresses packed away just because I had spent so much time on them that I couldn't donate them or give them to family members. While cleaning out boxes I found these lost treasures and decided the only way to keep this memory alive was to cut the dresses apart. To say the least I'm making new memories for this fabric. Every time I look at these squares I'm reminded of 2 little girls who have now grown into beautiful young women.

Block 0

Block 5

Block 5's tutorial was on Sara's blog. Block 5 had alot more pieces and I definitely had my share of mistakes along the way.

If you aren't doing the NY Beauty QAL try it! These blocks are beautiful and I can't wait to find out how the journey of these "beauties" turn out.

The weather in Michigan is starting to finally turn the corner and we're all spending alot more time outside. Hope you've had a great weekend!


Celtic Thistle said...

Your NY Beauty blocks are lovely and even lovelier now that you have shared the story behind your choice of fabrics. What a great way to keep your memories alive!

Celtic Thistle said...

Hi Judy, Just to let you know that I have awarded you a Liebster blog award. You can find the post about the award at

Hope you have a great weekend, looking forward to seeing your next NY Beauty blocks!

diane said...

I just wanted to let you know that you won the giveaway on my blog, Congratulations! I sent you an email as well, and as soon as I get your address I'll send your prizes to you!
Have a great weekend. :)

Kathy said...

Love the sentimental part of your NY Beauty quilt. Can't wait to see more.

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