For my February block in my virtual quilting bee, I was forced to learn how to make a New York Beauty block. Intimidating, no?
My first attempt using my own fabrics:
The paper piecing template can be found here: http://www.lenzula.com/pattern/free/nyb.php.
I had never before attempted paper piecing and sewing curves. I decided to use tracing paper for my template. While I found it to be a tedious process to draft the pattern onto tracing paper, it wasn't difficult nor was the stitching. Sewing the curves proved to be much easier than I imagined. I pinned the center point and ends, then used a lot of pins to smooth out the sewing line. I used my small applique pins, sewing right over them.
This is what it looks like from the back:
The points come out nice and sharp using the paper piecing method.
I decided to try a different template for my final block and so made up another practise block with my own fabrics.
And the final using Jennifer's (bee) fabrics.
I added the purple print batik and raspberry solid from my stash to give it a little more pizzazz.