New York Beauties & Flying Geese

When Carl Hentsch asked me to review his book, New York Beauties & Flying Geese, I jumped at the chance. Not because the quilts are beautifully stunning (they are!) or because Carl is such a lovely man (he is!) but because learning how to make a New York Beauty quilt block has been on my quilty hit list for ages now, so the chance to learn from the Master is a chance you don’t pass up!

I’ve been on a much needed holiday for the past two weeks (and I’m still there) so I’ve embraced the calm and the peace to be able to sit down and really let this amazing book soak in. Before I left I picked the version I’m going to make and printed (and cut) all the patterns so that when I get home I can jump straight in.

I confess sewing with curves is something that has always freaked me out. But after spending the past two weeks reading and studying Carl’s book I now feel confident that I can give this beautiful block the time and attention it deserves to make something really special. If you’re like me and are afraid of the curves (and those dastardly flying geese) then let me tempt you with some of the amazing quilts that are in this New York Beauties & Flying Geese.

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There’s so many stunning quilts in this book that choosing what to share was difficult. I’m going to share a selection of the quilts and pillows that really captured my imagination and made me think about more than just the quilt blocks. One of the things that I really love about this book is the fun that Carl has had with block placement. The movement in all of the quilts is captivating and your eye travels so effortlessly around the quilts.

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I also really dig that there’s pillow options in the book and that the pillows aren’t square. I’m actually planning to make a pillow (or two) because I want the fun of circles on my couch. (They’re going to work a treat for surprise pillow attacks!)

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It’s no secret that I love colour, I could swim in it. This book has been the perfect tropical holiday reading because of all the colour. (Although there’s a pretty spectacular white quilt in the book – you’ll just have to buy the book to see it (or check out Carl’s Instagram account @3DogDesignCo).) I love it when people aren’t afraid of colour, when they embrace it and then have fun with it.

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I’ve decided on what I’m going to make and I’m thinking about fabrics and fussy cutting and all the yummy things that go into making something special for me. I’m excited and nervous, but I’m really hanging out to get started. The only downside to reading this book on my holiday; no sewing room. I’m champing at the bit to get started.

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See what I mean about colour? Glorious, right? If you don’t believe me or you’d like to see some other super talented people’s take on working with this amazing book Carl has put together a fabulous line up of talented peeps to share with you their thoughts on the book and what they’ve made. Be sure to click through and check out their work.

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  1. Sue H May 13, 2017 at 4:11 am

    Those quilts are amazing! I can’t wait to see what you come up with when you’re back to work! Haha!

  2. CANDACE WEISS May 12, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Nice colors and nice New York Beauties!

  3. Kathy E. May 11, 2017 at 11:17 am

    I’m excited to see what you make! I can imagine reading this book when you’re no where near your machine or fabrics! I’d go nuts too! I adore color and would love to make a project from this book. *Adding it to my “want list”.

  4. Cecilia May 10, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    I love all of the color and the designs are great! Thanks for the sneak peek.

  5. Beth T. May 10, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    I love flying geese, and NY Beauties are the blocks I’m intimidated by but determined to learn, so I absolutely need this book!

  6. GloryB May 7, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    There is an excitement to all the planning when making something special from a lovely book.

  7. Chris May 7, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Absolutely beautiful, actually stunning. I need to get a copy and make a few of these for sure.

  8. Jean McKinstry May 7, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    The cushion cover in a circle, with flying geese and strips between, stunning. And those fabrics,Wow!!!

  9. Linda May 6, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    This looks like an amazing book. I’m going to conquer my fear of curves and try these patterns

  10. Pam S May 6, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Thanks for sharing this gorgeous eye candy, and for your detailed review. I definitely want to get this book!

  11. Nicole Sender May 6, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    I haven’t mastered curves yet but this book is inspiring!

  12. Janet T May 6, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    I love these quilts and pillows! Great job Carl!