Friday, March 29, 2013

New York Beauty Circle of Flying Geese Quilt

I first spotted the Circle of Flying Geese in an email from Sew Modern Online - a Paper Piecing Class for this New York Beauty:
New York Beauty Circle of Flying Geese
Gasp! I love paper piecing, and rainbows of color! I immediately envisioned myself packing my bags in preparation for a flight to LA.  However.  My financial controller advised that the expense would have to come out of my fabric budget for the next 12 months ... or however long it takes.  Really?


The very next day I was checking out the latest at Craftsy and as fate would have it I stumbled across the NY Beauty Circle of Flying Geese Pattern ready for immediate download.  The pattern includes the foundation papers required to paper-piece this block. A knowledge of the paper piecing technique is a pre-requisite.


Paper piecing is a great way to tackle quilt blocks with challenging shapes.  It is accurate and methodical, but also a little fiddly.  In piecing this block I made sure to oversize my fabric pieces, reduced stitch length and have left my papers in until the four quarters were joined together.


The New York Beauty Circle of Flying Geese Pattern
 is by Janice Ryan from Better Off Thread

Background fabric:  First of Infinity by Kumiko Fujita


Nice going.

Rita

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The finished New York Beauty Circle of Flying Geese Quilt

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50 comments:

  1. I love this block! The only thing is, I wish that extra seam wasn't there where the four quadrants join together. Do you think the NY Beauty inner section could be redone so that white was next to the seam on one side, and a colored spike next to the seam on the other? Is it possible to paper piece the whole thing as one large unit to eliminate that seam? The colors and fabrics you chose are so beautiful.

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    1. Rebecca,

      You wouldn't be able to piece the whole thing as a single unit, but you could piece the main (rainbow) ring as a single unit by taping the pattern right at the stitching line. And when you construct the block, you would sew the inner black and white circle to the rainbow ring before adding it to the background fabric.

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  2. Excellent fabric choices, Rita! Lovely piece. And kudos on the paper piecing. I love the results but don't enjoy using that method.

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  3. I MUST do this. Thank you for the reminder and link!

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  4. Gorgeous, I always love your happy colours. Love FPP too, great for points. I must find this pattern and do one.

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  5. Oh, I have also downloaded this from Craftsy. I am trying to collect my colors for it, and not doing well. I'll buy your scraps ;) (only half joking...) Anyway, Lovely job! Janelle

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  6. That is really beautiful!

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  7. It looks beautiful! You always make the most amazing fabric choices. I am amazed that you pieced the curves so beautifully with the papers in. I always take them out first. I'm going to make some updates to the pattern soon (I just figured out how to add seam allowances in photoshop) and more detailed instructions.
    Thanks for the shout out and you really must make it to LA SOMEday!

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  8. it's fabulous Rita, I love it a lot. Gorgeous fabric choices. Now that I can paper-piece a little, I am going to go check out that Craftsy class. Are you making it into a mini? Catherine

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  9. Beautiful work Rita - great colours and incredible piecing.

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  10. Wow, this is stunning. I love your version of it Rita, so bright and crisp.

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  11. Your NY Beauty is a beauty! You have a fabulous eye for colors!

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  12. Boskie kolory! Świetny projekt!
    Pozdrawiam!

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  13. NY beauty reallønnsvekst is beautiful, and with FG, WOW! Think I have to check that link!

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  14. This is breathtaking.
    You took a lovely pattern and made it stand up and SING!

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  15. Wow- beautiful! Your colour selection is perfect, Rita. I love your pattern Janice.

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  16. Love it !! I have just downloaded the pattern. Thanks for sharing. L xo

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  17. It's fantastic. I may just have to go get the pattern, and, you know, start something ELSE new that I don't have time for. ;)

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  18. Can you tell me what paper you use for the foundation? I know /printer paper is convenient and readily available, however a bit messy to pull off, and I thought you might have an alternative. Thank you in anticipation.

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  19. I'll pack my bags and meet you there! Love the block and the fabric used. Thanks for the link to the Craftsy pattern!

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  20. Gorgeeous. Oh my goodness I know that was a ton of hard work.

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  21. Beautiful Rita!

    Thank you for the links.

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  22. My word, Red, at your vision and projects! I need to buckle a seatbelt to read your blog sometimes. My last finished project was a mini quilt in flying geese circles on a background of gray kona -- it is wonderful and was inspired by the image of the circle on your banner. Here is a link should you want to see it -- http://jumpin-in-crafts.blogspot.com/2013/03/circles-of-geese-mini-quilt-circles-of.html

    This project is altogether on another planet of amazing. Kudos to you for spurring us along to best quilting -- blessings, Jill

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  23. Stunning! Love your fabric choices! This is the incentive I need to practice my paper piecing! Wow!

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  24. OMG! Perfect. And I know just what I'm going to do with it. I'll replace that "not for me" basket of flowers in the Craftsy 2012 BOM with this. It will be perfect! Thanks

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  25. lovely... the fabric choices are great!

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  26. WOW! Rita, you continue to top yourself. This is just beautiful. Thanks for the push I needed to finally attempt paper piecing. Just wondering: Have you previously done a blog entry about the making of the flying geese in the upper right of your banner?

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  27. a beautiful work of art! Thanks for sharing!

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  28. It is just stunning.Looks beautiful,I'm going to get that pattern and get busy.

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  29. I just LOVE this pattern and your design choice is fantastic! The rainbow looks great! I can't wait to see what you do with it! Have a great week!

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  30. I imagine you had lots of fun just choosing the lovely rainbow of colours.

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