New York beauty baby quilt

Michael our guild president and his wife had their first baby recently so what does a quilt guild give as a gift? The answer is obvious.  Lots of secret conversations were had and because Michael is a New Yorker I chose the New York beauty block. I might have been sworn at by the other ladies, but I think they all enjoyed it once they had finished it. We used a variety of different blocks found at this site. The remit was to make it scrappy and leave the outside edge off so they could all be done the same.   Then the blocks began to arrive and I had fun auditing background fabric. I was keen on this green, but it didn’t quite seem strong enough.

new york block1However, this blue worked a treat.

new york2I started sewing the blocks to the background, it was a daunting task as I had I think 23 blocks to do and I’m not a big fan of sewing curves. However, I discovered it is a lot easier when you starch the fabric. It helped so much to stop it stretching out of shape.  Then it was back to the design wall to settle on the design. I have to admit this took me a good few attempts but finally decided on this.

new york3I also mulled over the quilting design for a few weeks but eventually I got inspired and went for it over a marathon 24 hours.  I chose feathers around each block with a swirl inside and a zigzag in the negative spaces.

new york4Once the binding was on it was finally delivered to Dad who sent us this lovely picture of baby on his new quilt.

new york5I wonder how many readers like to plan everything about a quilt before they start it. Maybe reading about the process behind this quilt lets you see that sometimes, the fun is in not knowing and enjoying the surprise on what it turns.

Written by ShevvyLondon

Inspiration of the month

Our June inspiration comes from the very talented Leanne who blogs at shecanquilt. Leanne is not only terribly inspirational, she is also a wonderful person who by the way has no problem travelling all the way from Canada where she lives to London for the Fat Quaterly retreat! I have had the great fortune to finally meet her two years ago at the retreat after having “met” through the on-line quilting community.

Leanne recently started on a quilt series that features circles in a variety of colour schemes.

I have picked ‘Cycles 2’ for our feature because I love the suppleness of the colours that she used and the wonderful matchstick quilting. (Is it only me who has spotted a matchstick quilting trend?) This quilt made entirely from solids uses predominantly Kona cotton and Essex linen.

The colours of the quilt were inspired by the sun drenched, west coast, northern Pacific Ocean beaches with which she likes to evoke in our imagination weathered driftwood, rocks, shells, rain, waves and ocean storms. No problem,… I am already there in my mind.

The quilting was done using about six different coordinating thread colours and probably a lot of patience as the quilt is around the 39″ big.