• Megan Best

New York Beauty Blog Hop and GIVEAWAY

Meet my Christmas Cactus. Scroll down for Giveaway info.


This months challenge with Island Batik was to make a New York Beauty quilt, and provided a collection of fabrics.


I am calling it Christmas Cactus. It is about 52" Sq. It will be a fabulous wall-hanging or table topper.




I got a really pretty Christmas collection, Winter Wonders by Kathy Engle.

I pulled a selection of fabrics for a quilt I designed in Electric Quilt.

I played around in Electric Quilt to design something fun and different.


I created a paper pieced block. I needed 16 of these arcs.

These are my paper piecing tools. I set them right next to my Juki Machine. I love the cutting feature of this machine.

Here is the paper piecing. I use Schmetz needles as they really punch through all the layers in paper piecing.


The arcs.


The quarter blocks, which need some pretty creative pressing! I then trimmed and squared the blocks before putting together.

Before borders. Very funky. I added the borders, loaded the quilt on my quilting machine with Hobbs 80/20 batting, and on to the quilting.


Borders have been added, and quilting has commenced. I am using an Anne Bright Design, Christmas Star. So so pretty. I quilt on Handi Quilter longarm quilting machines with Pro-Stitcher.


Binding. With a view. It sure makes sewing awesome.


The whole quilt:

And of course the quilt by a Christmas tree. Well, this is a tree in the very front of my property and it has grown so much over the last 8 years since we moved here.



Disclosure: The products featured here were provided to me free of charge by Island Batik, Schmetz needles, and Hobbs heirloom Batting.



Now for the giveaways.... THERE ARE 2.

One from Island Batik. CLICK HERE to a chance to win this set of fabrics.












Here is my giveaway! 6 half yard cuts of this beautiful collection. Total value of approximately $36.


To enter: follow me and comment on this post on Instagram. Get an extra chance for each person you tag in the comments. https://www.instagram.com/bestquilter/


Disclaimer: No purchase necessary to win. Giveaway is open to legal residents in the contiguous US only that are 18+ years of age. Giveaway ends at midnight June 28th, 2022. One winner will receive 6 half yards of fabric from this collection, as pictured here. Odds of winning determined by number of entries. Winner will have 2 days to reply to the winning link. Void where prohibited by law.


The Other Island Batik Ambassadors Make sure to check out all of the gorgeous New York Beauty quilts that the other Island Batik ambassadors made. They are all of the brand new fabric lines coming to stores soon! 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 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 20: Claudia Porter, Create with Claudia Brianna Roberts, Sew Cute and Quirky June 21: Gail Renna, Quilt Haven Threads Preeti Harris, Sew Preeti Quilts June 22: Megan Best, Bestquilter Leah Malasky, Quilted Delights June 23: Suzy Webster, Websterquilt Emily Leachman, The Darling Dogwood June 27: Jane Hauprich, Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting Brenda Alburl, Songbird Designs


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