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New York Beautifying


Okay, is there such a thing as an Easter quilt? Because if so, I think I’m making one. Yes, my New York Beauty QA quilt is all bunnies and lambs and jelly-bean-bright colors. It’s either going to be extremely awesome, or it’ll look like an Easter basket exploded. (Or maybe it could be both? I’m hoping for both.)

About half of my fabric stack for this project is from Laurie Wisbrun’s adorable springtime-bright Modern Whimsy line, and the other half are prints I pulled from my stash to coordinate with the Modern Whimsy.

And here’s my first block. Just to mix things up a bit, I decided that all of my blocks will have solid white centers, and the backgrounds will all be different-colored ring prints from Modern Whimsy. I am seriously in love how Block 0 turned out. Kim of My Go-Go Life wrote a great tutorial and I urge you all to give it a try, even if you do just one block. Click here for the tutorial.

One tip for those of you quilting along: Kim strongly recommends pressing your seams open if you’re making a complete circle. Me, being the rebel that I am, decided to press mine to the side anyway. I thought it would make it easier to match up the curved seams. Bad idea. Listen to Kim! My ring seams do indeed match up well, but as you can see, the block isn’t laying very flat. Had I pressed my seams open, I think it would have made the difference.

The tutorial for our second block is up today at Sew Sweetness. And while you’re at it, go check out the quilt-along’s Flickr group for more inspiring New York Beauty blocks!

17 replies
  1. Marjorie's Busy Corner
    Marjorie's Busy Corner says:

    Yessssssssss…solid white centers…perfect Lee. This is the only thing I didn't like about my Summer Sampler quilt…there were a few blocks that I didn't add a solid to; and they got lost. But I did love that QAL,thank you.

    Your block is lovely.

  2. Elizabeth Dackson
    Elizabeth Dackson says:

    You're right, this line totally screams spring and Easter for me, too. You picked some great supporting prints for this one! I think your first block looks fab, especially the bunnies, which almost seem to be chasing one another 🙂

  3. capitolaquilter
    capitolaquilter says:

    It's going to be fabulous, an explosion of Easter goodness – those rings are such a fun blender, I want them all. Thanks for the iron open tip, I'm just now starting and tend to be a rebel myself.


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