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New York Beauties

(See Patty’s & GML’s projects, as well as more layout ideas)

Because of the intricacies of merging angles and arcs, the New York Beauty quilt block is among the most challenging. Templates and paper piecing have made this concept easier to achieve. Still, in keeping with my goal of taking embroidery beyond the hoop, I offer my New York Beauty machine embroidery quilt blocks series.

These blocks are digitized with all embroidery - no applique or piecing in the hoop. Made with TEXTURED SEMI-OPEN FILLS you will find these blocks to be soft and pliable for any quilt project.

Because I wanted to sew these on colored fabric I made these fills slightly denser than the 8 Point Star block. Some fabric does peek through some areas, so the color fabric you sew these on will affect how the embroidery looks.

I have been noticing more and more quilts made with the New York Beauty block. Colors abound. Let your imagination run wild!

For more inspiration for colors and floral layout visit Jean Wells Keenan’s Quilt

Layout for quilt shown to the right is below



GML's New York Beauties

GML’s New York Beauties Project

She writes,

“I had wanted to do the quilt using the simplified version as I have never done one on point. Then I thought, why not give it a try. If it didn't turn out well so be it. I used invisible thread to quilt around the flowers and green thread to quilt down the stems of the flowers. I tried to use decorative stitches on my leaves. Quite pleased with the result. :)

I wanted the wall hanging to look like flowers in a sunny garden so I chose yellow sashing. I had wanted to use a left over orange-yellow fabric for the prairie points but I did not have enough of the fabric so I decided to make it scrappy by mixing the yellow sashing fabric with the orange-yellow fabric. The effect turns out very well. I am very happy with it.:) I could not use the continuous prairie point method to make my prairie points as I used 2 fabrics. I used the traditonal method to make my prairie points instead. I decided to embellish the wall hanging with FSL butterflies and with buttons. I did not join the center of the 2 flowers too well so I decided to hide my imperfection by sewing a button each in the center of the 2 flowers.

The wallhanging is beautiful. I did not expect it to turn out so well. I'll hang it up in my living room tomorrow. :)

Thank you for your wonderful designs.

God Bless


"L'initiative fait la bonne chose sans qu'on le lui dise." - Victor Hugo

Patty Barraco’s New York Beauties Project

Patty’s friend writes:

“Hi Laura,

My friend, Patty Barraco, had always wanted to piece a New York Beauty quilt and when she saw your New York Beauties embroidery design, she just had to make it.

She entered the wall hanging in our favorite sewing machine store - Sewing Machine Shop in Walnut Creek, California. Patty won first place in her category. Dan, one of the owners, really liked the wallhanging and now has it hanging in the store front window where I took this picture

We always love to enter the contests the Shop sponsors twice a year. You won't find any better support or service techs than Dan and Marty, the owners. When you combine that with your beautiful designs which are expertly digitize, you have a winning combination!

Thanks again for the great designs!

Happy Stitching,


Click HERE for a larger view of the whole quilt


All 3 designs fit the 4x4 (100 x 100 mm) Hoop

When ordering, be sure to order designs that will fit in your sewing machine hoop. As with any software, refunds and exchanges will not be made.

“If we could be seen thinking, we would show blown bright one moment, dark the next, like embers; subject to every passing word and thought of our own or other people's, mostly other people's.”
- Dorothy Whipple

Block #1 Design Details

Block 1 - Four-Block Square

Shows 4 blocks sew together

Block #2 Design Details

Block #2 - Four-block Square

Shows 4 blocks sew together

Block #3 Design Details

Block #3 - Four-block Square

Shows 4 blocks sew together

What’s Included

The collection includes all three New York Beauties and the border shown below.

Note: The border comes as two files, to sew in a one color or up to four colors, for your convenience.

These borders are filled with semi-open fills.

They can be sewn all one color or in a variety of colors.

Both versions are included in your purchase.

Both designs fit the 4x4 (100x100mm) Hoop

$4.99 US


Machine formats included: ART, DST, EMD, EXP, HUS, JEF, PES, VIP, VP3 & XXX

Design sizes are clearly marked. When ordering, be sure to order designs that will fit in your sewing machine hoop.

As with any software, refunds and exchanges will not be made.


My Block Collage Fan


      19,332 Stitches

      2/2 Colors/Stops

      99.17 mm Height

      99.39 mm Width

      Filename LSSNYBBRmono


      19,332 Stitches

      2/2 Colors/Stops

      99.17 mm Height

      99.39 mm Width

      Filename LSSNYBBRmulti

Quilt Layout for Quilt Shown at the Top of the Page


This advanced floral quilt layout is 21 x 27 inches. Add stems and leaves as desired. The stems are 1/2 inch bias strips of fabric with paper backed fusible web on the backside. Leaves are a simple cut leaf in various sizes from green fabrics with paper backed fusible web on the backside. Click the bottom of the real quilt shown at the top of the page for a close up of the stems/leaves.

Fabric requirements are in the document that accompanies the collection.

Disclamer: No quilt instructions are given. Novice quiltmakers should consult an experienced quilter or your local quilt shop for assembling the quilt top and making the quilt.

A Simplified Version of the Above Quilt

This quilt layout is not on-point making it simpler to construct.

This quilt is 21 x 41 inches. Add stems and leaves as desired.

(Same applies as above)



NYB Quilt Variation #1

"The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless."
 - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Ella Roof’s Purse

Visit Ella at Pointe to Pointe

Click photo for a larger image

Ella Roof's New York Beauties Purse





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