NH Beauty

Using my "No More Tears"© Foundation Piecing Method

You'll be paper piecing like a pro by the end of class!

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Are you curious about paper piecing?  Do you and paper piecing already have a love/hate relationship?  This class will make paper piecing a love/love relationship.  The New York Beauty has always been a very popular pattern.  But why call it NY Beauty when I live in NH?  So, we’re making the NH Beauty wall hanging.  We’ll not only be using my “No More Tears” © method of paper piecing, but we’ll also tackle curved seams.  They are not nearly as hard as they look😊

We probably won't finish the entire project in class but you'll have all the tools you'll need to finish it at home.

The finished piece measures 24" x 24" without borders.

In this one-day class we’ll take the mystery out of:

The basics of paper piecing

The "No More Tears"© method

HN Beauty basics

Precise block and quilt top construction and curved seams


Your patterns (emailed before class)

Your fabric

Sewing machine, thread and pre-wound bobbin, regular piecing foot and 1/4" foot

Pins, and just in case, a seam ripper

45mm Rotary cutter (with a new blade) and a ruler - 6"x12" works fine

18mm or 28mm rotary cutter (helpful but not necessary)

Small cutting mat 9" x 12" is fine





You’ll notice that I chose 4 different colors in several different fabrics randomly for the L-shaped background, pie wedge, and arcs and used a bright yellow for the “rays”, so that there was high contrast and the rays really stand out. 

There are 3 large blocks and 4 smaller blocks.  The larger blocks measure 12”x12” and the 4 smaller measure 6”x6”.  We’ll be making as many of each as time allows.


*Contrasting fabric means any 2 fabrics that create a very  “crisp” line between them when placed next to each other. Please, avoid directional prints, large prints, or 2 prints that share a common color. Designate which of your fabrics is “dark” and which “light’. 

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Pencil or pen

Highlighter (any color)

Add-A-Quarter ruler (the longer the better)

Add-An-Eighth ruler (very helpful but not necessary)

Paper and  fabric scissors

Invisible Scotch Tape (any brand)***

Elmer's Disappearing Purple Glue Stick (preferable) or any washable, acid free glue stick***

A fresh glue stick is suggested


Think about using some of your scraps for this project and use as many different colors for the arcs, L shape and Pie shape as you'd like.  We’ll be doing most of the cutting in class so bring at least 24” of each of your “L”, “Pie” and "Arc" fabrics and at least 10” of your “ray” fabric.  There will be LOTS of fabric left over. 

All fabric is cut cross grain or Width of Fabric (WOF).  Measurements assume 40" of useable fabric.

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