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A Mini-Finish


I finished stitching down the binding on my DQS10 swap mini-quilt last night. Hand-stitching binding was the perfect thing to do while watching my Spartans play a game of basketball that was, in turns, awful, pathetic, semi-okay, decent, amazing, incredible, infuriating, and heartbreaking. I’m used to watching these guys win come March. What am I going to do with myself now that I have no team to root for? Guess I’ll sew. : )

At any rate, my DQS quilt is now finished. I’m pretty confident that my partner is going to like it. I paper-pieced these blocks from a pattern that I created. It’s a fairly standard New York Beauty block, and there are probably dozens of similar paper-piecing patterns available online, but I had trouble finding any that were small enough for what I wanted to do, which is why I ended up creating one myself.

Normally, with a New York Beauty block, you would paper piece the entire thing—the rays, the background, and the center. But I wanted to fussy cut the centers out of a print from Tula Pink’s Parisville collection. Since NY Beauty blocks are pieced in quarters, that wasn’t going to work. So I appliqued the centers onto the completed blocks instead. Hey, it works for dresdens, right? I think it was a good solution.

I was a little stumped with the quilting, but eventually decided I didn’t want to put too much quilting on the New York Beauty blocks themselves. As you can see, I’ve got some busy fabrics going on in there, and the overall look is very ornate. I thought quilting over the top of that might just be a little too much. So instead I just did echo quilting around the outer circles.

I really love how it turned out and I hope my partner will like it too! It’s ready to be shipped and will hopefully be en route, along with a few little extras, by the end of the day.

43 replies
  1. Elizabeth D.
    Elizabeth D. says:

    I love the sunshine-y label!!! Your partner is going to be super excited to get this package, definitely. I love that Farmdale print you used, and the quilting looks outstanding 🙂

  2. K
    K says:

    Oh my gosh! Your work is just lovely. Well done! I am not brave enough to attempt a New York Beauty block just yet but its on my list. Gorgeous choice of fabrics too, I'm sure your partner will be delighted. I also love your use of white fabric on your other quilts. Its so fresh looking and really makes the other fabrics pop. Delighted to have stumbled across your blog. You've made my day.

  3. Lynne (Lily's Quilts)
    Lynne (Lily's Quilts) says:

    I haven't made a New York Beauty so I need to take a look at those to see how you did this but I guess you start paper piecing at one end and keep going until you get to the other end of the quarter. I have been building up for a while to making a Georgetown Circle quilt and hadn't thought of doing it in quarters or of paper piecing but it could work really well that way. I love also how you took the NY process and then appliqued the central circles – fussy cutting those was just genius, as were your colour and fabric choices. Well you know I love this quilt anyways!

  4. mascanlon
    mascanlon says:

    This is a wonderful quilt! I came over from Melanie's blog by way of Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts. I do love all the inspiration on blogs. Thanks for sharing!


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