Tuesday, June 21, 2022

New York Beauty Challenge - Syzygy

The Island Batik challenge (and blog hop) for June 2022 is New York Beauty.


I received the collection Winter Sky. Designed by Kathy Engle, it should be available in stores now. 



I turned to EQ8 and started designing playing.  I started with a basic/traditional layout.

Traditional New York Beauty?

It looks like something I have seen before. Although it was pretty, it could use a little more imagination. Back to EQ8. After several iterations, here is the final design.


Modern Interpretation of NYB

Done playing, it was time to get serious. Schmetz Microtex Needles 70/10 and Aurifil 40wt Thread were used for piecing.  I also used Island Batik Solids  - White, Black, Amethyst, Cobalt and Turquoise.

It took a whole day just to get ready to sew. Printing and cutting all the templates, followed by cutting fabrics - straight sections and then the curved pieces. Yikes!!! Not a fast quilt and not for the faint of heart.

Paper Pieced Sections

The spikes were easy, thanks to foundation paper piecing. But the curves were another story.  

Begin with one pin

Pinfully Yours :-)


The first block

And then there were two

One by one, slowly and painfully meticulously all 16 blocks were completed.  By the time I completed the flimsy, it was close to my trip to India and there were a hundred things to complete. 


Flimsy modeled by Paul


For my sanity and in the interest of time, I decided to send the flimsy to Rebecca for quilting. I completely trust Rebecca and I could then focus on completing work related tasks before my trip. Once I returned, I received the quilted sandwich back. I trimmed and bound using the Island Batik solid light grey.


Here are the pictures from the photoshoot.

Modeled by me, Photograph by Mari

Paul insisted on the name - Syzygy, meaning a straight-line configuration of three or more celestial bodies. Since I could not come up with a better name, Syzygy it is.  Syzygy finished at about 48" square.

Suns in dappled sunlight

Water & Breeze

It is fun to pose near a water fountain, particularly when there is a strong breeze :-)
But it was totally worth it to catch the droplets in motion as they echo the circles in the quilt. 

Here are a few more closeups so that you can see Rebecca's fabulous quilting.

Gorgeous Fabrics


Beautifully Quilted


I will be sharing with all my favorite linky parties. See full list on the sidebar.

What is a bloghop without a giveaway? There are two prizes - four half yards (not fat quarters) each of Island Batik fabrics from the Winter Sky collection.

Two Prizes - Four Half-Yards each


To be entered into the drawing, please leave me a comment on this blogpost. If you follow me on Instagram, you get a second entry; leave me a second comment including your IG handle saying something like "CrazyforFabric follows you on Instagram". 

The giveaway is now closed.

I will announce the winners next week. See the bottom of this post for the winners announcement.

Make sure to check the Island Batik drawing this week for their bundles of beautiful fabrics.

 

Please visit other Island Batik ambassadors blogs. See full schedule below. Not only they have gorgeous New York Beauty quilts to show off, they may also have giveaways of their own ;-)
You don't want to miss it!

June 6:

Gail Sheppard, Quilting Gail
Elizabeth DeCroos, Epida Studio

June 7:

Reed Johnson, Blue Bear Quilts
Andi Stanfield, True Blue Quilts

June 8:

Sandra Starley, Textile Time Travels

June 9:

Jennifer Fulton, Inquiring Quilter
Mania Hatziioannidi, Mania for Quilts

June 10:

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 1 and Giveaway

June 13:

Jennifer Thomas, Curlicue Creations
Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine

June 14:

Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts
Anorina Morris, Samelia’s Mum

June 15:

Michelle Roberts, Creative Blonde Gifts
Lisa Pickering, Lisa’s Quilting Passion

June 16:

Denise Looney, For the Love of Geese
Connie Kauffman, Kauffman Designs

June 17:

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 2 and Giveaway

June 20:

Claudia Porter, Create with Claudia
Brianna Roberts, Sew Cute and Quirky

June 21:

Gail Renna, Quilt Haven Threads
Preeti Harris, Sew Preeti Quilts (
you are here)

June 22:

Megan Best, Bestquilter
Leah Malasky, Quilted Delights

June 23:

Suzy Webster, Websterquilt
Emily Leachman, The Darling Dogwood

June 24:

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 3 and Giveaway

June 27:

Jane Hauprich, Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting
Brenda Alburl, Songbird Designs


Giveaway Update, July 1, 2022

The randomly generated numbers are 45 and 69. Winners are Cathy and Char.  Emails have been sent. Thank you!






88 comments:

  1. Your quilt is beautiful! Your quilter did a great job on making the blocks standout. It makes me think of dawn, when the sun is coming out. petuniakr@aol.com

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  2. Your quilts are always energetic and beautiful, and Paul is an excellent namer of quilts. I enjoy your posts very much, and thanks for the giveaway of gorgeous fabrics.

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  3. From traditional to amazing! Good job, Preeti!

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  4. Wow! This is stunning! I love the design you came up with and the quilter did an amazing job, too. Plus, I learned a new word. Have a great day!

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  5. it turned out beautiful and the quilting suits it to a T

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  6. Beautiful! I love your design process and outcome. And I would send it out too for the quilting…that’s a big job and it turned out just lovely!

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  7. Quilterpt follows you on instagram!

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  8. Beautiful. So unique!

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  9. Syzygy is such a fabulous reimagining of the classic New York Beauty block, which is totally fitting because New York City is constantly reimagining and reinventing itself. This was a pleasure to quilt for you -- and those Island Batik Solid fabrics were dreamy to work with. I am selfishly DELIGHTED that this challenge landed in your lap so close to your trip, prompting you to delegate the quilting to me! :-)

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  10. Very striking and serene - congratulations.

    Ceci

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  11. Your design is amazing and that quilting - just stunning! Wow!! I love your modern take on this design. Wish my creative brain operated outside of the box as well as yours does.

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  12. Alors là !!! Quelle belle revisite de ce classique New York Beauty !!!
    Toutes mes félicitations. Amitiés, Fabienne

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  13. That is amazing. I love your configuration - playing in EQ really paid off. I can see why you trust your quilter. The quilting is amazing.

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  14. What a wonderful quilt! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

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  15. Love your unique design and this fabric is beautiful! The quilting is perfect for your design

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  16. @debbieyff follow you on Instagram

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  17. Wow, I love your quilt - your time with EQ8 was well spent! Congratulations on a real beauty. The name is a great one too - yes, I had to look it up especially as it looked impossible to pronounce!

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  18. Gorgeous, Preeti!! Rebecca and you chose the PERFECT motif for this quilt!

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  19. Beautiful quilt!!! So creative and a modern take on a traditional block.

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  20. @nikki_moshier follows you on IG

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  21. I love your quilt! Did you, or Paul, know that there will be an alignment of 5 planets in a few days? The best time to see it is on June 24. It’s the first time in 18 years that this alignment has happened. Dot in NC

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  22. The quilt is over the top!!!! The quilting takes it to an entirely different level. Always enjoy your work and this is the very best! Thanks

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  23. Oh wow! What a stunning example of the New York Beauty block in use. I can see why you put so much trust in your quilter. Amazing.

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  24. Margaret KennedyJune 21, 2022 at 5:17 PM

    I love your modern take on NYB!

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  25. MargaretKennedyStudios follows you on Instagram!

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  26. Stunning quilt!! A very creative take on the NY Beauty!

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  27. I'm always amazed at your creative talent, this design is certainly a beauty. A New York Beauty to be precise!

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  28. Your quilt is a stunner Preeti and that quilting really pops. I'll bet the texture is absolutely delicious.

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  29. your quilt is gorgeous and the quilting is amazing

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  30. Preeti, your version of a New York Beauty is a real beauty! I was glad to know that the spikes could be paper pieced, and I think you also nailed those curves. Rebecca's quilting is perfect for this design, too! Looks like lovely fabric to work with - thanks for the giveaway!

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  31. I follow you on Instagram, too! @littlepenguinquilts

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  32. Great modern quilt, and great quilting design. I follow you on Instagram.

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  33. Striking quilt! Looks great!

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  34. I follow you on Instagram (dhoward_invt)

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  35. Beautiful quilt with a great pattern!

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  36. Love your interpretation of the NY Beauty block!

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  37. I thought I was signed up, but haven't seen any emails lately. Signed up again.

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  38. I follow on IG. nancydonovan4484

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  39. I LOVE New York Beauty quilt. I totally agree with you that the first design was great. I was ho humming on why you didn't chose it at first. But when I saw your final design, I was blown away. Your colors really make the design stand out.

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  40. Sewpreetiquilts instagram followed by debbiebeckleyhuber

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  41. Great impact with those angled spheres, love it!!

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  42. I absolutely love your design!!!

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  43. @sma_fb follows you on Instagram!

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  44. An absolutely stunning quilt! Just … wow!

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  45. I love the design and the quilting is wonderful.

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  46. Wow, another amazing quilt! I have really enjoyed this challenge that Island Batik sponsored. The quilter did an amazing job too!

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  47. I love your modern layout for the New York Beauty Challenge. And the quilting adds another modern touch to it. Great work! xo

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  48. Very unique with a modern twist Preeti

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  49. Really unique take on a New York Beauty. Love your choice of colors. Rebecca's quilting really compliments your design. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

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  50. The quilting is the finishing touch to your beautiful and unique quilt!

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  51. What a fun variation on New York Beauty.

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  52. Beautiful quilt. I love your interpretation of this block. Thanks for sharing!!

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  53. I like your New York Beauty quilt design. The quilting is fabulous too.

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  54. What freshness! I like the computer picture best because it looks like the moon/sun is coming out of an eclipse. Getting started piecing the center to the arc can be daunting but once you get the hang of it, things go pretty smoothly. Good job.

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  55. What a fun, modern design! I love the bold colors and the blues are just so pretty. The IB solids are perfect with this collection. Love what Rebecca did with the quilting and the fountain photo is so much fun! Congrats on another gorgeous quilt, Preeti!

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  56. What a gorgeous quilt, Preeti! My favorite photo is the one by the water fountain. :) Rebecca's quilting just finished your perfect design off in style. Great finish.

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  57. MonaSuequilts follows you on IG.

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  58. What a beautiful quilt! And what a great way to get massive impact without making ALL the blocks NY Beauties!

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  59. A beautiful interpretation of a classic block! I love how you thought outside the box for this. Amazingly, this week there are actually five planets aligning in the night sky for the first time in a long time. Serendipity!

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  60. Love the colors and you have made a beautiful quilt. I have always enjoyed PP, but have never made a New York Beauty. I guess I will have to add that to my bucket list.

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  61. This is such a great quilt--it has a very modern vibe to it. I keep thinking that with some changes to the color it could be very beachy. (Not that I don't love it the way it is, but I am especially crazy about designs that have room to grow, and this one does, for sure, depending on the fabric choices and the quilter's memories and intentions.) So, so good. wordygirl@earthlink.net

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  62. @wordygirl11 follows you on Instagram. (And is wordygirl at earthlink dot net, who commented above.)

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  63. I love your modern take on the New York beauty design!

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  64. I love your quilt, Preeti! You are really rockin' as an IB ambassador!

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  65. Mumbird3 follows you on instagram - your quilt is beautiful!!! The quilting looks great on it!!!

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  66. Great quilt, I love those blues!

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  67. Hello charqt3 follows you on Instagram.

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  68. What an amazing quilt!

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  69. Your quilt is beautiful! I love the piecing design and the quilting goes with it perfectly!

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    1. I only noticed that it was toggled anonymous after I hit enter, but this is my comment. If it matters.

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  70. Preeti your Syzygy quilt is absolutely gorgeous. It’s a perfect quilt to show off those lovely winter blue fabrics. Thank you for a chance to win those sweet goodies.

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  71. @quiltschmilt follows you on IG, too. 😉

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  72. Stunning. The piecing looks really painful to me. But the results are amazing. Well done Preeti!!

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  73. MichelleinScotlandJune 25, 2022 at 9:29 AM

    Stunning, amazing, incredible. Wow what a talent - you keep coming up with some fabulous designs. Love the name too.

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    1. MichelleinScotlandJune 25, 2022 at 9:31 AM

      Fighting with google and blogger to comment how I used to. michellepeet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  74. Hi Preeti, what an amazing quilt - and Rebecca did a fabulous job. Congrats!

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  75. Your quilt is fabulous!! I still need to try making a NYB someday.
    Kathleen -- kakingsbury at verizon dot net

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  76. Gosh, Preeti, you are such a clever designer and maker of quilts♡ Syzgy is a stunning quilt; and I must say Rebecca did a sterling job with the quilting. Everything is sublime! Please don't throw my name in the hat.......the postage could cause you to mortgage your home. =)

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  77. Your quilt is stunning, and I love the name! Thanks for sharing the process and thanks for increasing my vocabulary!

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  78. @pksolberg follows you on Instagram!

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  79. Your quilt turned out so beautiful. I'm really intrigued by the quilting. Do you know if it was a pantograph?

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    1. Also, I follow you on Instagram. I'm dragonsheartquilting.

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  80. Some people say that you only need one pin for curves. I've seen them sew them that way, but I can't manage it. Your curves looking brilliant.
    Helen

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  81. Your quilt is stunning--both the design and the quilting. Love it.

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  82. Stunning!! Will you offer a pattern? I enjoy your blog, your creativity and quilts. I've been reading for some time, first time to comment. Your shared interactions with Paul are appreciated; hope he is well soon!

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