Monday, April 2, 2012

Paper Piecing Tutorial: New York Beauty Block

Sew Sweetness

Hi Everybody! Welcome to week 5 of the New York Beauty Quilt Along hosted by Sara at Sew Sweetness! Today I'll be walking you through Block 7, which can be found here!

New York Beauty Mini by jenib320
New York Beauty Mini, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I feel like I'm still just getting my feet wet in terms of paper piecing, so if you've never paper pieced before, I'd recommend starting with something small to get the basics of it, like this simple square from Quilter's Cache! Definitely check out Faith's star tutorial too, her photos are awesome!

I hope you'll try this out! This block honestly is way easier than it looks! Everything is pieced together in sections, and paper piecing makes it a lot easier to be accurate. I won't lie, I was a little afraid of this block when I first started, but quickly realized it's doable! It even came together quickly too, once I got into a groove!  So, let's get started!

New York Beauty Quilt Along by jenib320
New York Beauty Quilt Along, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Sewing Level: Advanced


Materials for one block:
- (8) 5"x1.5" pink prints
- (5) 2.5"x1.5" navy prints
- (9) 5"x2" gray prints
- (4) 2.5"x2" gray prints
- (1) 3"x3" square of yellow print
- (1) 9"x9" square of background fabric
- Template found here.

*If you plan on making all four, you'll need four times the fabric. For the background, I got all four pieces out of a 1/4 yard.

New York Beauty Quilt Along by jenib320
New York Beauty Quilt Along, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Tools:
- Paper (I use Carol Doak's Foundation Paper)
- Acrylic ruler
- Add a Quarter Inch ruler (optional)
- Rotary cutting tools
- Note card
- Pins
- Scissors
- Rotary Cutter/Mat

*I like to use foundation paper over regular printer paper because it is slightly see-through, so you can see the printed pattern from the other side! It's also easier to tear off at the end!

New York Beauty Quilt Along by jenib320
New York Beauty Quilt Along, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
1. Print off your templates. Make sure to print them without scaling! As you can see above, mine cut a bit of the corners off, so I just drew them in with pencil!

Before you start sewing, set your stitch length down a few notches. My machine's stitch is 2.4 normally and I set it down to 2.0 or smaller.  This makes it easier to tear off the paper!

New York Beauty Quilt Along by jenib320
New York Beauty Quilt Along, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
New York Beauty Quilt Along by jenib320
New York Beauty Quilt Along, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
2. Starting with the small arc, take one 2.5"x1.5" navy piece and one 2.5"x2" gray piece. Place them navy piece on the back side of the paper, over top of the shape labeled "1". Make sure it overlaps 1/4" past the line between "1" and 2".  Put the gray piece on top of the navy piece, right sides together.

New York Beauty Quilt Along by jenib320
New York Beauty Quilt Along, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
New York Beauty Quilt Along by jenib320
New York Beauty Quilt Along, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
3. Carefully take your pieces to the machine. Stitch on line between "1" and "2". Finger press or iron the piece open.

New York Beauty Quilt Along by jenib320
New York Beauty Quilt Along, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
New York Beauty Quilt Along by jenib320
New York Beauty Quilt Along, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
4. Flip your paper piece back over, paper side up. Grab your note card and place it on the line between shapes "2" and "3". 

New York Beauty Quilt Along by jenib320
New York Beauty Quilt Along, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
New York Beauty Quilt Along by jenib320
New York Beauty Quilt Along, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
5. Fold the paper piece over the note card. Using a ruler, measure 1/4" and trim the excess.

*This is where the add a quarter inch ruler really comes in handy.  It has a groove on the edge that fits nicely up against the fold, so it doesn't slide around when you're cutting!

New York Beauty Quilt Along by jenib320
New York Beauty Quilt Along, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
6. Grab the next navy piece and line it up, right sides down, against where you just trimmed. Center it so that it overlaps both side edges.

7. Stitch along the line between shapes "3" and "4". 

New York Beauty Quilt Along by jenib320
New York Beauty Quilt Along, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Continue stitching the pieces across the arc, alternating navy and blue pieces.

New York Beauty Quilt Along by jenib320
New York Beauty Quilt Along, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
New York Beauty Quilt Along by jenib320
New York Beauty Quilt Along, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
8. When the full arc is pieced, flip over your work.  From the back, trim along the outside seam allowance using scissors.

New York Beauty Quilt Along by jenib320
New York Beauty Quilt Along, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
9. Carefully tear off the paper pieces. Fold and crease along the stitching to help loosen each piece.

New York Beauty Quilt Along by jenib320
New York Beauty Quilt Along, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Yay! Your first arc is pieced! :)

New York Beauty Quilt Along by jenib320
New York Beauty Quilt Along, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
New York Beauty Quilt Along by jenib320
New York Beauty Quilt Along, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
10. Next, piece the larger arc in the same manner, using the gray 5"x2" pieces and pink 5"x1.5" pieces, Starting with a gray piece.

New York Beauty Quilt Along by jenib320
New York Beauty Quilt Along, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
New York Beauty Quilt Along by jenib320
New York Beauty Quilt Along, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Once your second arc is finished, it's time to put everything together!

New York Beauty Quilt Along by jenib320
New York Beauty Quilt Along, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
11. First, go ahead and cut out your yellow center and your outer background.  I choose to use my background template on the fold, cutting out one piece. I did not cut off the extra seam allowance, so that I'd have some extra wiggle room, but do whatever you feel most comfortable with!

12. Take your background, center, and two arc pieces and fold them in half, pressing with your iron so you have a crease.

New York Beauty Quilt Along by jenib320
New York Beauty Quilt Along, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
13. Starting with your large arc and background piece, match up the center creases, and slowly pin across the arc. Stitch slowly with a scant 1/4" seam allowance. Press towards the background piece.

New York Beauty Quilt Along by jenib320
New York Beauty Quilt Along, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
14. For your small arc and center piece, match up the center creases and pin. Pin the edges together, then pin in between, easing the pieces together. Stitch slowly with a scant 1/4" seam allowance. Press towards the center piece.

New York Beauty Quilt Along by jenib320
New York Beauty Quilt Along, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
New York Beauty Quilt Along by jenib320
New York Beauty Quilt Along, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
15. Pin your two pieces together, matching up the center creases and pin. Pin the edges together, then pin in between, easing the pieces together. Stitch slowly with a scant 1/4" seam allowance. Press towards the smaller arc piece.

New York Beauty Quilt Along by jenib320
New York Beauty Quilt Along, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
16. Press thoroughly and trim to 8.5" square.  If you're making four blocks, I'd recommend waiting to trim until you've finished them all, that way if any one is a little scant, you can make sure they all trim to the same size! :)

*PS - Do you want to know a little secret? My blocks were all a little smaller than 8.5", so I ended up trimming them down to 8.25".  No harm done!

New York Beauty Quilt Along by jenib320
New York Beauty Quilt Along, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Voila, you're done!  I made my four blocks into a mini quilt, you can read a bit more about it here!

Don't forget to add your blocks and projects to the quilt along's flickr group! And check out the other stops on the quilt along too :)

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

Happy Sewing!

11 comments:

  1. That is sooo pretty!

    Thank you for the great tutorial.

    Soile

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  2. really pretty Jeni. Your fabric choices are always so lovely

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  3. WOW... I've always admired New York Beauties, but once again, your fabric and color selections really make this block sing! I've never tried paper piecing, but you're inspiring me -- also, the curved seam part of this isn't so scary because I very recently sewed 150 drunkard's path blocks for the quilt I'm working on now, so I feel confident about that part and just the paper piecing would be new to me.

    One question, though -- why does the dark gray background fabric have that diagonal seam out to the corner? Why not just cut that as one piece without the seam? Is it needed to control grainline, or because the skinny area might be prone to stretch and distort, or is it optional?

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  4. Your mini is lovely, and your tutorial looks very easy to follow! I worked on some new paper piecing this weekend. It's such a fun process!

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  5. Great tutorial and stunning block!!!! Thank you!!!!

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  6. Great tutorial Jeni! This one is definitely going somewhere near the top of the to do list :)

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  7. I love your trick with that note card! I hadn't seen it before, good tip!!

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  8. I have never done paper piecing before but I really want to try this! Thanks!

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  9. Jeni - that is so awesome! Thank you for sharing - i hope to try it sometime! Toni

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  10. You inspired me! Your tutorial was great. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Here's how mine came out:

    http://www.polkadotsparrow.com/2012/07/april-mays-sampler-new-york-beauty/

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  11. The links to the pdfs are working again for anyone following this quilt along.

    Go to:
    http://www.lenzula.de/ Click on the NY Beauties link in the page.

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