Wednesday, June 8, 2022

New York Beauty Blog Hop - June 2022- Island Batik Brand Ambassador Project - Quilt the Raven Nevermore

Have I mentioned that I love orange/cheddar quilts and Halloween?? Well, I do!! So, the new Island Batik Halloween collection - Moonlight Hollow- was a delight to play with and create. 

I really love the raven fabrics and the pumpkins. And the polka dots and stars and moons and cobwebs, etc. 

As you may have guessed by now, this month the Island Batik Brand Ambassadors are creating New York Beauty Quilts using new Island Batik Collections and Island Batik is giving away these Collections each week on their blog (scroll down for details).  

Each month, we get a new challenge and this month was definitely challenging! We had to use a special secret fabric collection that we didn't show in our unboxing videos and we had to make a NEW YORK BEAUTY. Yikes, not a 9 Patch or a Churn Dash but one of the truly epic patterns. Curved piecing is not for wimps.

My sister and I worked on designing a paper piecing pattern and a plan with the help of EQ - Electric Quilter. I created preview templates to make sure no ravens were harmed in the making of this quilt. Aren't they perfect for fussy cutting.

It was daunting to create so many little sawteeth and sew the arcs to the backgrounds. Curved piecing is challenging. Lots of pinning was involved and very slow stitching. I will do a special post sharing some of the tips and tricks I've learned in the process. 

And after all the 36 blocks were sewn. I then had literally hundreds more straight sawteeth to sew for the inner and outer borders. They do look pretty cool, though. I used my new AccuQuilt cutting system to cut the black sashing strips and the plain borders.

Yes, all the work was worth it! Here's my Crown of Thorns, Rocky Mountain Road, or New York Beauty. Because of the crow/raven fabric and because I'd never made a NYB before (and may never again) - I christened it "Quilt the Raven, Nevermore". Of course, my witch doll had to join in the photoshoot fun, and Oliver the Owl from the Funky Friends Factory March challenge flew in too.

Quilt the Raven, Nevermore?
70" x 70"
Original Design
Sandra Starley 2022

Traditional pieced and foundation paper pieced blocks, Graphix and Contempo Batiks: (Moonlight Hollow Collection)
Backing: Beige (Foundation Basics)
Piecing Thread: Aurifil #50 weight
Quilting Thread: Aurifil #50 weight

***Fabrics provided by Island Batik, batting by Hobbs, thread by Aurifil, and needles by Schmetz and Accuquilt Go by AccuQuilt. ***


To see more amazing New York Beauty Quilts and join in the Giveaways, visit my fellow 2022 Island Batik Brand Ambassadors' Blogs and the Island Batik Blog :

Week 1  
June 6 - Harvest Night

Gail Sheppard, Quilting Gail
Elizabeth DeCroos, Epida Studio
June 7 - Jewel Carvings
Reed Johnson, Blue Bear Quilts
Andi Stanfield, True Blue Quilts

    June 8 - Moonlight Hollow 
- you are here :)

Sandra Starley, Textile Time Travels

    June 9 - Nightshade

Jennifer Fulton, Inquiring Quilter
Mania Hatziioannidi, Mania for Quilts

June 10:
Blog Hop Round-Up Week 1 and Giveaway at Island Batik Blog


    June 13- Pumpkin Spice

Jennifer Thomas, Curlicue Creations
Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine

June 14- Santorini
Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts
Anorina Morris, Samelia’s Mum

June 15 - Savannah
Michelle Roberts, Creative Blonde Gifts
Lisa Pickering, Lisa’s Quilting Passion

June 16- Snowsicle
Denise Looney, For the Love of Geese
Connie Kauffman, Kauffman Designs

June 17 
Blog Hop Round-Up Week 2 and Giveaway at Island Batik Blog

Week 3
June 20 - Tranquility
Claudia Porter, Create with Claudia
Brianna Roberts, Sew Cute and Quirky

June 21- Winter Sky
Gail Renna, Quilt Haven Threads
Preeti Harris, Sew Preeti Quilts

June 22- Winter Wonders
Megan Best, Bestquilter
Leah Malasky, Quilted Delights

June 23 - Woodblock Bouquets
Suzy Webster, Websterquilt
Emily Leachman, The Darling Dogwood

June 24
Blog Hop Round-Up Week 3 and Giveaway at Island Batik Blog

Week 4 
June 27 -Woodcut Blossoms    
Jane Hauprich, Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting
Brenda Alburl, Songbird Designs

June 28
End of Blog Hop and  Final Round-Up at Island Batik Blog

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