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.
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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.
New York Beauties & Flying Geese Blog Tour: Schedule
- Mon. May 1: C&T Publishing
- Tues. May 2: Scott Hansen
- Wed. May 3: Sandy Whitelaw
- Thurs. May 4: Teresa Silva
- Fri. May 5: Angie Wilson <- You are here
- Mon. May 8: Tracy Mooney (Generation Q Magazine)
- Tues. May 9: Pink Door Fabrics
- Web. May 10: Melissa Shields
- Thurs. May 11: Sara Lawson
- Fri. May 12: Carl Hentsch (author)