07 March 2012

New York Beauty Pillow + Templates

The New York Beauty pillow is finished and stuffed with a 24" pillow form. It's going to be a gift, and I hope she loves it as much as I do.
The prints are from the Flock collection by Thomas Knauer for Andover Fabrics -- available in stores any minute now -- except the border pinwheels which are from his Pear Tree collection. The two collections work so well together.
I made a rookie foundation-piecing mistake and over-trimmed one of the seams. Thanks for all your advice on stabilizing the scant seam. I ended up fusing a narrow interfacing strip over the area. I'm confident that the interfacing, reinforced with quilting, will hold the seam together.
I backed the pillow with two of the larger scale prints -- I love the funky trees and the circus stripes.  The fabrics feel wonderful in the hand, and the colors are bright and cheerful without being overwhelming
I quilted with a double echo stitch around the inner and outer points, and a tight stipple in the central star.
 The back has a few straight lines and an envelope closure.
If you would like to give this pattern a try, I've posted foundation piecing templates for a 12" finished block, with an option for a wider outside border. I used the larger border to give me enough margin to finish the pillow edges.
You can download the templates here.
If you make something with the templates, I'd love for you to post photos to the Piece and Press Flickr group.

16 comments:

  1. I love NYB blocks - and I will try and do one soon - thanks for sharing your template Dan
    By the way love the cushion

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  2. Beautiful! I just downloaded the templates... hopefully I'll get round to trying my hand at this block soon :) Thanks for the templates!

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  3. Rookie? That's a killer pillow!

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous! Funny, I learnt how to paper piece yesterday (using freezer paper) and I'm hooked. Love the colours in yours too. xo

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  5. I love this pillow - the pattern, the fabrics and your quiltig go together so well!!
    And thank you for the pattern :) yeah!! I will definitly give this a try - somewhen this year!

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  6. Thanks for the pattern! I'll be giving this a go sometime this year :p

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  7. This is lovely Dan! Oh how I wish the "she" was me...

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  8. I didn't realize this was your original pattern! Very cool. It looks fantastic :D

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  9. Just adorable! The pattern is of course fantastic but those fabrics and the way you have designed the colours makes that pillow just perfet! Sun is shining from that pillow and it's inviting for hugs!

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  10. Awesomeness! And gorgeous in Flock. I'll be downloading this soon :)

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  11. Beautiful. Thank you so much for the templates.

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  12. Beautiful!! Thanks for the template, that's the hardest part!

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  13. I absoutly love it!!! Thanks for sharing the template. I'm going to make one for my step daughter for her birthday!!!

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