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Thread: My First NYB Block

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    So, since my sewing machine (Lola) started acting up and doesnt like to be used any more I had to hand sew this "beauty".

    It only took me an hour to sew it and its about 7 1/2" square.

    Your comments are appreciated and if you can give me any tips I would love that too!

    I am using my Sweet & Sour collection from Connecting Threads. I LOVE this fabric and I love this pattern and I hope that I will be able to make some of the more complicated NYB blocks to make a pretty lap quilt (I doubt I will want to go larger if I have to do it all by hand LOL).

    I am sorry if the pics are dark

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    Love the block, I have some of the same fabric.

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    Sugar, this is sweet

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    WOW!!! You did an excellent job on this block!!!
    Handsewn and so pretty :D:D:D

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    Wow! Nice work, I'm working on a NYB quilt too, but I'm machine sewing it all. Can't imagine handsewing these blocks. Can't wait to see more!

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    Beautiful!

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    Great job.

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    Great job and fabric.

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    very pretty

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    OK...You asked.....:o). Please don't be upset....your block is very nice. However, as one that makes a lot of NYB blocks , although not by hand, accuracy is part of the block. Make sure your lines are "straight" and the connecting seams(like around the top....arches) comes right at the very tip of the spire......not cutting it off, but not leaving extra fabric either. Keep working on them. It's such a fantastic block and can be used so many ways. It does demand accuracy, though.....

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    Excellent work :thumbup: I can't wait to see the finished quilt :mrgreen:

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    The only reason its handsewn is because my machine is broken right now and I can't afford a new one until I sell my serger :( Otherwise I would be machine stitching them LOL

    Thank you all for your kind comments.

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    Nice work. You're very brave to tackle a New York Beauty. Can't wait to see the finished quilt.

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    Very nice. Have not tried that one yet!

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    Not perfect but dang girl I can't sew one of these with or without the machine. I have tons of Carol Doak patterns but haven't had the guts to try one yet. I think with every one you do, you will get better. Keep up the good work.

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    have you got any more of these beauties done? :D:D:D

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    Not yet...

    Somehow I pinched a nerve in my back on the way home from work last night...so I could barely move by the time I got home...so no quilting for me last night :(

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    I took a NYB class not too long ago taught by Judy Holley. Made two blocks in class, four more when I got home and they are now in my stack of "I'll do this later" projects. They were fun to make but I need 80 blocks to make the quilt. Haven't had much time lately to sew... :(

    I would agree that accuracy is the key to making the NYB block so the points are all nice and sharp, and I would wait until my machine was fixed to make them. The "crown" part is paper pieced.

    Here's a photo of the first block I made using assorted fabrics from my stash.

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    Beautiful. It sure does take a "bunch" of different fabrics to make these puppies......I am doing one with a friend......Karen Stone's original pattern. My friend and I each make two of the same block each month, keep one and send one to each other. Out of the 30 different blocks, we are each making 15....but two of 15. It's fun and does cut down a bit on the amount of fabrics needed. A good way for us to keep connected too. She now lives in another state.....

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    Great job!! You need to have a talk with Lola, though.LOL

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