Showing posts from February, 2013

The Ironing Board Tally

I've come to realize over the past few weeks, that while the beginning of this yea has bee quite productive, I have yet to do much writing on the subject. And so, to resolve this oversight on my part I am instigating the Ironing Board Tally: a documentation of the days accomplishments.

Today was rather unproductive but I did manage to crank our a few things.

I was able to finally finish quilting the very project that inspired me to start free motion quilting on my own machine. I had been afraid to start quilting it because I didn't want to ruin it. While it wasn't a complicated top I still didn't want to risk having to take out hundreds of tiny stitches! I'm very happy with how it turned out.

The second task of the day was to try out the Eldon pattern by Laundry Basket Quilts. Every time I went to work I considered buying this pattern. I work in a lovely little quilt store in Minnesota by the way. I'm so glad I finally tried it and I might have to make a fe…

How to Make Your Own New York Beauty Templates!

Ever since I first started quilting I have always loved the look of the New York Beauty block but have been a little intimidated by the combination of paper piecing and curved piecing. Well I'm glad to say that I finally built up the courage and took the plunge.  Or started to. I got about halfway to the edge of the diving board before I realized I didn't quite know where to start.

This project being somewhat impromptu, I didn't have a pattern to work from but since I had such an amazing resource at my fingertips I didn't worry. I decided to scour the internet to look for free tutorials or templates I could print off on my own. I eventually started to get frustrated when all the links to templates I found were broken. After about an hour I realized that it probably would have taken less time to design my own than it had to look through all of those broken links.
 So here goes: How to design your very own New York Beauty Templates/Paper Piecing Pattern

What you will nee…