Foundation piecing blocks with curves

New York beauty and Pickle dish are two classic blocks.

They’re not the easiest blocks but foundation piecing makes them blocks doable if you don’t have a lot of quilting experience.

In fact the blocks are a mix of foundation and traditional piecing. The curves are pieced traditionally. I use lots of pins but you may get away with using fewer pins, even just one for the centre and one for each corner. You’ll have to adjust what works for you.

I get asked often what type of paper I use and what I do with it at the end.

Mostly I use copy paper but you can buy special paper for foundation piecing if you prefer if that makes it easier.

How to make New York Beauty and Pickle dish blocks

Download the foundation paper templates

Both templates are available on my Etsy shop.

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My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

Buy individual chapters of my book

Now that my publisher is going out of business I have bought the rights to publish my book. Now you can download individual chapters. Each digital download is a bundle with 4 quilt patterns in it.

As well as the instructions and fabric needs to make the blocks you’ll find a section on quiltmaking basics at the end of the pattern that discusses:

  • Tools
  • Squaring up blocks
  • Borders
  • Assembly and quilting
  • Binding

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

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