mr. postman: a NYB mini sew and tell

modernista mini
From top left: Block 4, Block 2, Block 0, Block 7
I made this mini as part of the Modernista Homemade sewing swap. I only knew a little about my partner, mostly that she liked stars, paper piecing, HSTs and bright colors - mostly of the pink and aqua variety.

I thought about just doing some solid HSTs (I also love HSTs, the simplicity is so lovely sometimes), but I also really wanted to try out the New York Beauty Blocks. I used tutorials for these four blocks (0, 2, 4, 7), although once you make one, it's pretty repetitive as far as technique. (The tutorials are nice for cutting sizes, though).

modernista mini
Block 4 was definitely my favorite as far as the final look of the block. My husband was sad to see this mini go and , so I'll have to revisit these blocks to make something for myself at some point. I'm thinking that using just one of the blocks (my fav of course) in Christmas colors would be a fun wreath alternative. Also, after tossing it over the railing to take a photo, I realized how in red, white and blue, a few of these together would make some festive Fourth of July decor. Especially the skinnier pointed blocks - they sort of remind me of fireworks!

moderinsta mini
I also made a travel sewing kit using this tutorial and a star pincushion to match. After tossing in some little goodies, this shipped off to my partner. I sure hope she likes it! It's not my typical style/ colors at all, but fun to work on!

Sorry for the terrible photos. I had to get this in the mail, so I took them at noon (quite possibly the worst time ever) at a park with plastic grass. Yes, it's as discussing as it sounds.

moderinsta package
Doesn't that plastic grass look so green and shiny?

travel sewing case


  1. Beautiful NYB mini quilt - great colour combo. Lovely goodies to go along with it too - so practical! I'm sure your partner will love them!

  2. I love NYB blocks! They really do look like fireworks!

  3. Can I be your partner for something? You can quilt me something awesome and I will... buy you wine and frequently insist we go to Rita's. Do we have a deal? :-P

  4. This is seriously fantastic. You did such a great job!

    I would have never know that was plastic grass if you didn't say so. I cannot figure out how your pictures look like you're not taking them in the desert....

  5. Making the sewing kit tonight! Thank you so much for sharing it! I love the colors and layout you used in yours :)


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