Hey everybody! I am super pumped to show you this project today. It's a brand new concept for me and already I'm envisioning a ton of these hoops featuring different quilt blocks.
Let me introduce you to what I'm calling a Hoop Quilt.
This project began back at Quilt Market when my friend, Angela Pingel, debuted her first fabric collection with Windham Fabrics, Curious Dream. I was able to score a fat quarter bundle at Sample Spree and knew I wanted to do something special with it.
I'm always thinking about the next BOM, and trying out different blocks is a great way to see how they could fit into a BOM. The New York Beauty quilt block has always fascinated me - it's gorgeous curves and crown of points. But I'd never made one. It fell into place that I would make a NY Beauty with Curious Dream.
Well, silly me, I cannot just choose a simple NY Beauty. Noooo, I had to go pick a complicated one with 4 rings of curves and points/intersections to line up with each curve. Yikes! As you can see, there is a bit of a learning curve (terrible pun, yes?) on this block, and my first quadrant turned out all sorts of wonky.
This block tested my patience and will - but in the end, it turned out looking fantastic. I absolutely love this block. The fabrics glow in this sunshine NY Beauty. But..... I am so glad I only have to make one block. This was a tough one.... if I ever include this in a BOM (and that's a big if), it would have to be a much simpler version.
At the same time that I was slowly paper piecing this block, I was also working on my hand embroidery sampler with an embroidery hoop. Since the NewYork Beauty is a round block, I just couldn't get it out of my mind that instead of making a square mini with the block, I needed to frame it in the round.
I bought a large 18" wooden hoop for quilting. And somehow this rainbow-y cheater print just wrapped herself around the frame.
Add in a little big stitch quilting....
And well..... here's the finish. I don't think I could be beaming about this project any more. I am completely thrilled! I've tested where I could hang this hoop in lots of places around my home. There are SO many possibilities.
Stay tuned.... I have lots of ideas for more Hoop Quilts brewing. I cannot wait to make more....