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NY Beauty Block#6

April 8, 2012

Hey NY Beauty sewalong folks!! How are ya’ll doing on the blocks?? I’ll have to admit, I was going to just do my tutorial and not do anything else, but I think I’ve changed my mind and I’m actually going to make a queen size quilt out of multiple blocks. It’s almost like I’m forcing myself to get better at paper-piecing and sewing curves. Call me a sick bastard. . lol.

Sew Sweetness
Okay on to the tutorial. .if you’re looking for the template click here.

First thing to remember, paper piecing is like driving on the opposite side of the road! If you haven’t paper pieced before start with something easy and move to more intermediate stuff like these crzy, awesome blocks

If you’re just doing the traditional 8.5×8.5 block here’s your fabric requirements:

Outer arch: (2) 9.5×3.5
1st Spike arch #1,9: (2) 2.5×3.5
1st Spike arch #3,5,7: (3) 4.5×3.5
2nd arch: 7×3
3rd Sprike arch: (9) 2×2
4th Wedge: 4×4

The gals before me did a great tutorial on how to assemble the blocks ck them out:

Block 0: – My Go-Go Life
Block 5: Sew Sweetness
Block 1: Canoe Ridge Creations
Block 8: From the Blue Chair
Block 7: In Color Order

Now I’ve been thinking of “coloring outside the lines” with this block. First I thought of making (4) tiny block 6. . . then I thought that would probably drive me up the walls. Then the other option was to blow the blocks up! That’s right, I would blow block 6 up to be 12.5×12.5 unfinshed!



With a trip to the local copier store, I told the store associates the other arch has to equial 12.5 and they figured out how much to enlarge it by. But remember whatever size you want to measure the outside line with ruler minus the quarter inches.

To figure out your fabric requirements, just cut the wedges out and flip them over and place them on your fabric like so:

Fabric requirements

Now remember when you blow a block up the quarter inches aren’t correct and you’ll have to cut them down to make it right again. Use your rules for all the straight edges, but eyeball the curves. Trust yourself, you know what a quarter inch looks like!


Once you’ve cut all the fabric you need, fold all of the spikey paper arches, yeah it’s kind of a tedious thing to do but it will save you so much time!!!


Another thing – have a garbage can near by! Paper piecing = waste!


Match ride sides of the fabric together and add a quarter inch to the line like so:


Now when you start sewing. . I sew a couple stitches and then back stitch because it’s super secures it, but you don’t have to take my word for it:


Now here’s where all the pre-folding pays off! Fold the paper back and cute off the excess fabric leaving on a quarter inch like so (translation, you’ll only have to put your paper up to the light once):



Then you’ll know exactly where to put your next piece for the arch.


When sewing the arches to one another, I pinned the small ones til I reached the larger one, then I just used Nova’s tutorial on sewing curves without pins:

In all honesty, the paper piecing wasn’t the hard part of this block. . it’s the damn curves and sewing them together!!!

My next tip is fairly simple. . the pieces that do NOT involve paper piecing, I just use a fabric glue stick and run a thin line on the outer edge and press it to the fabric then it won’t slip while I’m cutting it:



Again use a straight edge and a rotary cutter when needed:


I hope my tips helped and you’ll be seeing more blocks from me later on!

NY Beauty Block#6


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  • Reply Flying Blind April 9, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Oh that’s a beautiful FMF block – you did good!

  • Reply Michelle Harrison April 9, 2012 at 4:37 am

    Lovely, lovely, lovley! Is there a paper piecing template PDF that goes along with it? I can’t wait to get started!

  • Reply Michelle Harrison April 9, 2012 at 4:38 am

    Oh, sorry, I already have it but I’m not sure how!

  • Reply Elizabeth @ Don't Call Me Betsy April 9, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Looking so pretty!! And wow, you are a brave lady, going for queen size! Love that blue you used, what color is that? Pure Elements?

  • Reply Lindsey R. April 9, 2012 at 6:50 am

    Love it!!

  • Reply Lee @ Freshly Pieced April 9, 2012 at 8:22 am

    This is awesome! Love the giant blocks and the sashing through the middle.

  • Reply Colleen April 9, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Go big or go home, right? Awesome block Amy.

  • Reply diane stanley April 9, 2012 at 9:18 am

    this looks so great. I still have not started mine. I think I am overwhelmed by the thought.

  • Reply Kim April 16, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Oh my goodness!!!!! I love the FMF in this block!!!! I am really looking forward to making this one!!!!

  • Reply Donna May 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    So sorry, but I am really confused….where is the template for the block? Please help! I love this block!!!

  • Reply April June 2, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    I know that this post is SO last year, but I still would like your template for this. Is it still available? When I clicked the link I got a fail. 🙁

  • Reply Joyce June 5, 2014 at 10:15 am

    I also got a “fail” when I clicked on the link. Is it still available?

    • Reply Sukie June 17, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      I’ve updated the link!

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