Monday, February 1, 2010

First Try

New York Beauty ... Almost

Here's my first attempt at New York Beauty. Piecing the arc was very easy and it turned out almost perfect. The curve was a completely different story. I followed the common process of clipping and pinning, etc, but it got all bunched up. Help me out-- what's the smoothest way to piece a curve?


  1. Hey, Jennifer, I also finished my first beauty - and good thing i did because it turned out 7.5" instead of 8". The "rays" gave me all kinds of grief but the curves came together easily for me. You'll want to mark the center and quarter points and pin those first, then the ends. I used my tiny applique pins and pinned the heck out of it - then sewed right over the pins. I'll try to post a pic tomorrow or tonight.

  2. I think Lydia found that part the hardest as well. What about this video - I have this chick's template for drunkard's path and her technique seems worth a try.

  3. Don't be discouraged! Google online tutorials for curved piecing. Then pin as much as you can and sew very carefully. I usually sew over my pins for this type of seam.

    Try again and see how much easier it is once you've already tried it.

  4. I am not looking forward to this block especially after reading your comments. pin,pray,pin pray