Alphabet Soup – New York Beauty

Alphabet soup? This post is about TBT, OMG, QAL, and BOM – appropriately called alphabet soup.

TBT stands for Throwback Thursday that Sandra Walker of mmm! Quilts hosts the first Thursday of every month. Quoted from Sandra’s post, it is “where we pull out, photograph, and tell the stories of quilts or quilted projects we’ve made before our blogging life! “.

My TBT this month is a New York beauty wall quilt I made in 2009 for a friend’s 40th birthday. I drafted this simplest version of NY beauty on paper, scanned and made as many copies as needed. The middle curve with triangles is paper pieced. At that time I didn’t do curved piecing – or I might’ve tried and given up . I cut the two outer pieces – the concave and convex quarter circles – a lot bigger than needed, glued the paper-pieced unit to them, and stitched on top like applique. I used a number of reds, oranges and yellows from my stash. Some are batik, others are prints and some are tone-on-tone blenders. The quilting is quite minimal – this was before I started free-motion quilting.

Have you seen these two gorgeous quilts – the first by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs and the second by Paige Alexander of Quilted Blooms? Cheryl and Paige are hosting a Quilt-along (QAL) called Modern Plus Sampler using blocks/patterns from their book. I started my quilt a few months ago but somewhere along the line fell off the tracks. My One Monthly Goal (OMG) for March is to finish the quilt top in time (March 28th) for the parade of quilts for this sampler. OMG is a challenge hosted every month by Patty of Elm Street Quilts.

My Modern Plus sampler in progress. I still need to make the big plus and the blocks inside the big plus and put them all together. The big plus will be either hot pink or dark teal. The background for the inside blocks will be white, and I will be using various pink scraps for the blocks.
My other QAL I’m doing is the Daisy Chain mystery by Alison of Little Bunny Quilts. The first set of sewing instructions came out on Monday and I’m all caught up. Not too late if you want to get started. The cutting and sewing went together quite fast.
Next on the agenda is my March challenge for Island Batik Ambassadors. The theme is Vintage Reimagined. I’m making a log cabin with a surprise twist. Here’s what it looks like so far. Stay tuned for the finished top.
I will be part of the “Be A Diamond” blog hop hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt. Working on the design and gathering fabric for a brand new diamond quilt!

Throwback Thursday at MMM Quilts
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation
TGIFF – hosted by Faith and Fabric Design
Finished or not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts
Whoop! Whoop Friday

10 thoughts on “Alphabet Soup – New York Beauty

  1. I love all of these projects! I am actually thinking about doing a smaller version of the plus sign sampler as my May IB Ambassador project so I am excited to see how yours comes together! And of course, thank you for being a Daisy Chain participant/guinea pig! 😀


  2. Hi Vasudha! Wow – you’ve got a lot going on this month. I am sending you good finishing thoughts for the parade on the 28th. That’s just about three weeks away so I have no doubt you’ll get there with ease. Another friend is starting NYB quilt for her sister. It looks like a LOT of work to me – I hope her sister appreciates it. You did a beautiful job! Happy Friday to you! ~smile~ Roseanne


  3. Just love the NY Beauty! I also love how you so ingeniously drafted and appliquéd it! Thanks for linking up. I am intrigued by what you are doing for the March challenge (as usual, I’m waffling back and forth with no for-sure design settled upon yet) and I wish I had had time to do Paige and Cheryl’s QAL…looking forward to seeing yours finished.


  4. I love seeing pre-blog quilts. I appreciate how you approached the NY Beauty. I made a sunflower quilt once that required that pattern. I loved doing the paper piecing of that block—the precise points were so exciting to see come together. But the curves killed me. I managed to do the small ones before I freaked out and ended up appliquing the outer curves. So I totally get this. Your other projects are fun to see taking shape. I’m looking forward to seeing the log cabin finish.


  5. TBT, OMG and BOM are all fine. I am really scared of the UFOs. As engineers and working in government offices we love our alphabet soups. Don’t we? I see your ingenuity in your quilts every single time, whether it is a new pattern or an improvisation of a technique; you have it under control. The best part – it is all beautiful in the end.


  6. Beautiful work. Your artistry and sense of color produce exquisite visuals. The details in your free motion quilting are truly amazing. Your love of the process really shows.


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