Hello Kitty QAL, New York Beauty QAL

HK Progress

February 20, 2012

Ah dang, I left HK alone for a week or else I’d be done with the top this week. So now she’s got a hot bod:

Hk progress

I think I may need to change my way of thinking and be like my good bud, Kati. She seems to work through a project til its done. But I also have WIPs (work in progress) that I need to get done too. . . bleh. I think I need to a sewing clone.

In other news, did you see that New York Block Quilt Along??

First off, what the heck is a Quilt Along? It where a group of talented folks show other peeps that are interested in learning their techniques on how to make a quilt block or quilt.

The New York Beauty Quilt along is all about paper piecing. What’s paper piecing, I would describe it as driving on the opposite side of the road but with sewing. You almost have to think of making each block backwards. But the results are A M A Z I N G! Check out Kati’s mini quilt if you don’t believe me:

New York Beauty Mini Quilt 1

We will be working with 10 New York Beauty blocks, and you can get a preview of the blocks here. Each block instruction makes one 8″ x 8″ block (as shown in the graphics); you can either assemble 4 of the same block to make one large 15.5″ x 15.5″ block (as pictured above), or you can mix and match to make something beautiful!

Here are the approximate fabric requirements if you are planning on making all ten 8″ x 8″ blocks:

– 10 fat eighths for main fabrics (or 5 fat quarters or scrap fabric)
– 1-1/2 yards background fabric

Sew Sweetness

And here is the schedule for the block tutorials:

March 5 – Kim from My Go-Go Life {Block 0}
March 12 – Sara from Sew Sweetness {Block 5}
March 19 – Megan from Canoe Ridge Creations (Block 1}
March 26 – Kati from From the Blue Chair {Block 8}
April 2 – Jeni from In Color Order {Block 7}
April 9 – Amy from Sukie Don’t You Know Who I Am? {Block 6}
April 16 – Katy from The Littlest Thistle {Block 2}
April 23 – Lee from Freshly Pieced {Block 4}
April 30 – Amy from Amy Lou Who {Block 3}
May 7 – Lindsay from Lindsay Sews {Block 9}

If you are thinking about participating, please join the Flickr Group!
We’ll be sharing fabric choices and help along the way! (the group is over 100 members already!)

If you’re scared of paper piecing, this is a great way to practice and you’ll have tons of support. Challenge yourself! Grab the button and start picking out your fabric.

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  • Reply Katie February 20, 2012 at 5:09 am

    Ohhhhh she is looking good! I can not wait to see her finished! I’m doing the NYB quilt along because I’ve always wanted to make one, like for 10 years, but you know how it goes…..

  • Reply Jessica February 20, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Wow! Look at Hello Kitty coming together! This is going to be one spectacular quilt!!

  • Reply Flying Blind February 20, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Ooh I am practicing my paper Piecing with Katy – still think the NYB is way out of my league!

    Kitty’s looking cool xxx

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