Finished NY Beauty Pillow

Finally getting around to sharing my finished pillow for my swap partner!

This was the first New York Beauty block I’ve made and I was a bit nervous about it.

Paper piecing + curves had me a little freaked out, but they are really not so bad!

I always like it when something comes together easier than you anticipate.    I used Sara’s tutorial from the NYB Quilt Along and it definitely helped the process.   Along with lots of pins and patience.

The finished block sat on my design wall for awhile because I wasn’t sure how to quilt it.    I’m glad that I didn’t rush myself.

I mostly used the seams as a guide to echo the piecing and then had a little fun in the center.

I started by stitching concentric V shapes and then realized if I shifted the piece 90 degrees clockwise and repeated the pattern, it created a fun star design.

I did an envelope back and bound the edges which was another first.   I really love how it frames the pillow.

The pillow is still en route, so I’m excited to see what my partner thinks when it arrives!


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  • Kit Little

    Love this, Lindsey. You did a beautiful job with one of my favorite lines, Flee Market Fancy!ReplyCancel

  • The piecing is fantastic but the quilting just tops it off so well! Great job. Your partner will be so excited!ReplyCancel

  • lynn

    oh my = this is stunning! what a lucky partner you have. this is one of my absolute favorite things i’ve seen out there in creative blog land = super duper lovely job! kudos.ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful work, Lindsey! I love the background fabric that you used…it really sets off the prints!ReplyCancel

  • Gina

    Gorgeous pillow! I am sure your partner will feel so lucky to be the owner of the pillow. The quilting really is the cherry on top…perfect!!ReplyCancel

  • this is stunning! i’ve been seeing the NY beauties around blog land, and a lot of them i look at and think it’s pretty and i appreciate the work that went into it, but it doesn’t really call to me and say “omg, i need to get on the NY beauty bandwagon”.

    yours TOTALLY calls to me! i like that you left the centre simpler – it feels more modern, less busy, plus you picked an awesome background fabric. i’m not even a huge fan of FMF, but your pillow is gorgeous! i’d be so sad to send that away!ReplyCancel

  • Susan

    Your quilting is absolutely amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful pillow Lindsey, perfect quilting too.ReplyCancel

  • that is so beautiful! The quilting is fantastic – I am sure your partner is going to love it!ReplyCancel

  • I believe that is the most amazing pillow/cushion I have ever seen!!!ReplyCancel

  • That looks fab, just love how you quilted it!ReplyCancel

  • It is beautiful and I love the stitching!ReplyCancel

  • Gina

    Lindsey ! I love your pillow . It is beautifully made and the quilting is amazing . Love your color choices too .ReplyCancel

  • Love that quilting you done. It’s just perfect all together.ReplyCancel

  • What’s that? Lots of pins? You mean you couldn’t just lay the pieces together and stitch away? Just kidding, of course – it’s fantastic. Now you need to make one for yourself!ReplyCancel

  • This is SO lovely! Congrats on such a beautiful finish. Love your quilting – just makes it so much more beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    This came out so nice, Lindsey. The quilting really adds so much!ReplyCancel

  • This is stunning, I love it.ReplyCancel

  • Ansolutely love this! Omitting the central part of the pattern was brilliant. It makes the block so much calmer, so much more modern. And gives space for your awesome quilting!

    And the touch with the binding is a great idea. I’m always so obsessed about getting my pillow corners perfectly sharp, but this eliminates that worry entirely.ReplyCancel

  • So pretty! And the quilting is perfection!ReplyCancel

  • petrapdx

    I love how the quilting complements the block so well. Your partner will love it!ReplyCancel

  • wow wow wow! beautiful! the quilting is exquisite!ReplyCancel

  • Wow, that pillow is gorgeous! Kim is very lucky! I love the backing fabric too!ReplyCancel

  • Just exquisite! What a very lucky partner you had.ReplyCancel

  • This is so wonderful Lindsey! You did such a great job. I especially love how you quilted the center circle. I may need to try that sometime. It’s stunning!ReplyCancel

  • wow lindsay, it’s totally wonderful!!! love all your choices and the beautiful pics are just amazing!ReplyCancel

  • That’s really beautiful – your quilting is absolutely amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Absolutely beautiful. Great job on the finishing as well!!ReplyCancel

  • susan m jensen

    Love this finished pillow, back is so perfect. Of course I voted for you. Good luck Hun !!ReplyCancel

  • It’s beautiful! The quilting is fabulous. I love the background fabric you used and I really like how you finished it!ReplyCancel

  • Myra Low

    Your creativity amazes me. Who would have known that little girl that was always busy with paint, glitter and glue would be so talented as an adult. Proud of you! MomReplyCancel

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