Thursday, April 5, 2012

NY Beauty Catch Up

I've been a paper piecing fool! For 3 days straight I've been playing catch up to get caught up with the NY Beauty QAL. Since work and family life has occupied my time I needed to get to my sewing machine pronto before I got even farther behind. Since I'm technically doing each block 4 times it took me almost 2 days just to cut and sew. I decided early on since I had so many blocks to do that I'd just get all the paper piecing done first and then put the blocks together. I didn't want to take the time to keep switching my needles and stitch lengths everytime I got a block done.

This is Block 1. At first I was going to add a solid as the 2nd color. I made all of the pieces with the 2nd color to finally come to the conclusion I'd rather keep it a 2 color block - white and my purple print. So I technically had to go back and start over on the piecing. I'm glad I did because it makes the blocks more elegant looking without the 2nd color thrown into the mix.

This is Block 7. Loved this block with sharpness of the long wedges. By this time I'd already done so much paper piecing that I didn't have to think as much how I was laying the fabric on the paper.

Finally Block 8. I really am loving paper piecing! I love my color choices and how they are coming together. My blocks aren't lining up exactly but since I've never done anything quite like this before I'd say I'm doing pretty good. I'm hoping that once I'm finally done and able to quilt it, no one will ever notice the imperfections.

Last but not least is that my mailman, Jim, has been filling my mailbox with prizes that I've won. The first package to arrive were lovely scraps from Lynne of Kansas Troubles Quilters and their fabric line Sugarhill Plums by Moda. I love these scraps and I'm looking forward to making some sort of scrap quilt. The next time Jim arrived I jumped for joy because Fresh Fabric Treats and Modern Blocks arrived from  Angela of Angela Yosten (sounds like I'm on a first name basis and I really am not). She was also kind enough to autograph the pages that she has a project in. I've been pouring over these books trying to figure out what to do first. I should just start at the first one and work my way through the book (not a bad idea).

Then there was the St. Patrick's Day Blog Hop Party that alot of blogs were participating in. I won 3 prizes from 3 different bloggers. To go along with my paper piecing frenzy arrived a Carolina Lily Tissue Paper Foundations pattern from Kathy at Quilted Solutions. I'm looking forward to this pattern. Then Diane at Brasier House sent me not 1 but 2 Charm Packs and 2 1/3 yd. pieces of fabric of Reunion from Sweetwater. Yeah me was all I could think of since I've been loving that fabric line since I first saw it. Today Jim brought me a nice layer cake of Farmer's Market by Brannock & Patek by Moda from Debbie at Tis The Season To Be Quilting. I've never owned any "designer" fabric before and now I have 3 different pieces and I'm so thrilled to be able to make something beautiful with these lovely fabrics. Thanks everyone!

To bad all that luck I was having didn't win me the Mega Millions Lottery but I'll take the $2 instead. So off to get some things accomplished since we're on Spring Break and really haven't done anything.

Have a Great Day!


sewinglady said...

Love the quilt blocks!

Connie said...

Beautiful beauty blocks! I really need to sit down and try those! Congrats on all your great wins!

Angela Yosten said...

YAY... I know I am a little late on seeing this post. But I finally had a minute to go look at some blogs thought I would start with yours. :) I am so glad the books made it and I hope to see some of your creations from them posted on your blog. Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend. - Angela

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