A while back, my blogging buddy over at Coloring Outside the LInes and I decided we would do a New York Beauty quilt. I decided to step out of my comfort zone completely and move away from the reproduction fabrics. It was a chilling thought…didn’t know if I could do it. I decided to use batiks. The pattern lends itself so well to batiks. Of course I had no batiks in my stash. I begged some batiks from my sister and purchased some others and dug around in my mountainous stash and found two. Yep…two. Have I mentioned that I usually only work in reproduction fabrics? I guess the Civil War era ladies just weren’t that into Bali . 🙂
I went through my minute little pile of batiks and pieced some NYB blocks. I can see now that my mini stash of batiks is sorely lacking in brights. Looks like the only brights I have are red or pink. What’s a girl to do? SHOP! I guess that’s the only answer. Shop. So, that’s the plan for this weekend. Shop for batiks.
Here are the blocks I’ve finished. I usually don’t paper-piece. I like the nice, crisp points you get with paper-piecing. I just hate the waste. I have a difficult time deciding how big of a piece to cut. And I always cut some just a smidge too small. Then the next ones are much too big. Feast or famine….. Beauty and the beast…. If anyone has any tips on frugally cutting fabrics for paper-piecing, I’m all ears!
In my last post, I sang the praises of Down Under Quilts magazine. I still have to make that hexagon quilt that’s on the cover. The quiltmaker recommended Marti Mitchell’s hexagon template ruler kit. So, for the small price of $12, I bought it. I made a test block to see if I’d like the templates. Oh yeah….they’re great!
My little friend and I would like to wish everyone a fun-filled Halloween!