New York Beauties & Flying Geese Blog Tour

New York Beauties & Flying Geese Blog Tour

Hey there,
So happy to be coming to you today on my friend Carl Hentsch‘s  Blog Tour for New York Beauties and Flying Geese, his newest book!

I think the first time that I met Carl in person was at Quilt Market (no idea which one or what year). We were talking, and he showed me a “few” ideas for quilts that he had for Generation Q Magazine where I was the Community Editor for about 5 years. “A Few” patterns that he had designed…..hahahaha!…If there is ONE word that I ascribe to Carl it would be PROLIFIC!! I was overwhelmed by all of his ideas. He had a ton! And really had just started playing around with quilt design.

Of course there are more words than just one to describe Carl. Crazy Talented comes to mind. And his very Agreeable nature. Carl is one of the most likeable guys on the planet (maybe I am just saying that because he laughs at my jokes – even the not so funny ones!) And with this, his third book, I would probably have to add Masterful!

Okay to be honest here, I have not actually READ the whole book, but I did read the intro pages by both Tula Pink and Carl, and I was very intrigued not only how these two good friends (of very opposite personalities) met and how they collaborated on this book. Carl really learned a lot from Tula about Color Science (yeah, I made that term up I think).

As my part of the Blog Tour, I thought that I would share a couple of my favorite projects – Ok, they are all pretty much my favorites, but these came to the top of the pile… All pictures except the last one are courtesy of C&T Publishing BTW.

Here is the quilt Pandemonium — such lovely deep saturated Blues!

And other dark saturated one, but much more ahem….low volume….. (my thoughts on THAT term are a whole other post!). This one is called Floating Orbs.

And here is Twin Dragons – I am seriously loving the movement in this one!! And the colors!

And then there are all of the Pillows!! BRILLIANT idea to include pillows in this book!  The circles so easily lend themselves to sampling the techniques without the large commitment of a full quilt. To be honest, that is probably all that I will get finished from the book. And I am just fine with that!

Here is a pink beauty from the Rust Pattern.

And here is a Floating Orbs pillow in great neutral, earthy colors.

Here below is as far as I have gotten on my attempt at one of these blocks – using Spirit Animal by Tula and little Red geese from Splendor by Amy Butler! Note, I am also using the Shark Applicutter by my buddy Rob Appell as well….pretty cool tool for this job! I am pretty happy with the results so far. I am NOT a curved piecer normally.  Watch my Instagram feed for updates on my progress on this project!

Here is rest of the line up for the blog tour!

Mon. May 1: (yesterday)

C&T Publishing

Tues. May 2:

Blue Nickel Studios (You’re here now!! YAY!)

Wed. May 3:

Sandy Whitelaw – Upstairs Hobby Room

Thurs. May 4:

Teresa Silva – Quilting is My Bliss

Fri. May 5:

Angie Wilson:

Mon. May 8:

Generation Q Magazine:

Tues. May 9:

Pink Door Fabrics: Instagram >> @pinkdoorfabrics

Web. May 10:

Melissa Shields:

Thurs. May 11:

Sara Lawson:

Fri. May 12:

Carl Hentsch:

Oh, and Carl and C&T are hosting a giveaway! You can enter to win a copy of New York Beauties & Flying Geese right here: a Rafflecopter giveaway. (Hard copy for US winners, ebook for international winners).


AND to sweeten the deal,
Why don’t you leave a comment here at the Blue Nickel as well, and I will choose one winner to win some scraps of Tula’s Spirit Animal and Amy’s Splendor.  I will draw a winner next week, but I very likely will not be able to ship it out until after Quilt Market.

Drawing is now closed. Our winner is Jeifner — who wrote: “A New York beauty is on my quilt bucket list. One day…maybe with this book. Fun otter” Thanks for all of the comments and just being you in general!

That’s it for now…..a TON going on here…. Market is in 2 1/2 weeks and I have more work to do!

Keep Sewing, Keep Happy,








  • Lori Smanski


    oh this looks like such a wonderfully fun book. I love the pillows. And the fabrics you are using are so sweet.

    May 2, 2017 at 5:54 am
  • Cynthia Meredith


    I agree that the pillows are spectacular!

    May 2, 2017 at 6:52 am
  • Janet T


    Love this book! The blue quilt with solid color wheel type geese glows, and I love how you used the flowers for the center of the circle. Gorgeous!!

    May 2, 2017 at 8:15 am
  • Laura


    I’m not really a curved piecer either, but these designs are so beautiful that I’m up for the challenge! Perhaps I could do “just one” to start as the center of a medallion quilt.

    May 2, 2017 at 9:12 am
  • Sandy A in St. Louis


    Thanks for the eye candy! I have made a couple New York Beauty blocks but never with flying geese. I’m going to have to add this to my “someday” list!

    May 2, 2017 at 10:39 am
  • Ginny Fisher


    Love the movement in these pieces and brilliant idea for pillows! I’d like to make a great big floor pillow!

    May 2, 2017 at 12:11 pm
  • Jen U.


    I would love to try one of these pillows — perfect for all the bright fabric scraps I have saved (accumulated? stashed?? hoarded?!?). Of course, would love to win your scraps as well — the more the merrier 🙂

    May 2, 2017 at 2:26 pm
  • Love those pillows – the black and white one is amazing!!!

    May 2, 2017 at 2:52 pm
  • Rheannon


    This is bound to turn out amazing! The book looks amazing. Cheers!!

    May 2, 2017 at 4:40 pm
  • The Twin Dragons Quilt is amazing! Thank you for sharing, Susan

    May 2, 2017 at 6:47 pm
  • Rosalind Gutierrez


    Love Tula Pink fabrics & the Floating Orbs pillow is awesome!

    May 2, 2017 at 7:43 pm
  • Jeifner


    A New York beauty is on my quilt bucket list. One day…maybe with this book. Fun otter

    May 2, 2017 at 8:27 pm
  • Pam S


    Your block is going to be beautiful! Thanks for all the eye candy in this post. I love New York Beauty quilts.

    May 2, 2017 at 9:05 pm
  • Nicole Sender


    Your block will be absolutely beautiful! I need to learn how to do curves! This has given me inspiration. Thanks!

    May 2, 2017 at 9:11 pm
  • goonyburd


    This book looks great!

    May 2, 2017 at 9:24 pm
  • Chris


    This looks like such a great book. So much fun and new challenge. I love Tula Pink.

    May 2, 2017 at 10:28 pm
  • Rhonda Desgranges


    Really love the pillows. Maybe I can overcome my fear of curved seams!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    May 2, 2017 at 11:31 pm
  • GloryB


    A pillow/cushion is a very good way to check colour placement and whether you are actually getting the piecing right. Well worth including.

    May 3, 2017 at 12:25 am
  • Lisa Marie


    Wow, the patterns in this book look amazing, and your project is going to be gorgeous!

    May 3, 2017 at 3:24 am
  • The pictures you have shown from this book have me totally intrigued!!

    May 3, 2017 at 5:53 am
  • Angela Short


    You have done amazing work on this. Really neat!

    May 3, 2017 at 9:31 am
  • Naomi Gies


    This book looks amazing! I’ve already put it in my cart and I can’t wait to get it.

    May 4, 2017 at 7:36 am
  • Becky


    Your pandemonium quilt is spectacular! Thanks for sharing!

    May 4, 2017 at 9:07 pm
  • Lee


    Wow – fabulous pillows and book is on my wish list!!

    May 4, 2017 at 10:39 pm
  • So scared to try curved piecing, but the projects in that book look amazing! And drooling over your scraps!
    allisonpogany at

    May 5, 2017 at 6:45 am
  • Gill


    Just one word – WOW!!

    May 6, 2017 at 3:28 am
  • Misty Smith


    The book looks amazing. I would love to learn how to do curved pieces.

    May 6, 2017 at 6:02 am
  • Scarlett


    I don’t do curved pieces either. Maybe this book can convince me.

    May 6, 2017 at 3:15 pm
  • sharon A Galli


    a new york beauty is on my quilt bucket list esp after seeing the quilts in this book

    May 9, 2017 at 3:10 pm
  • elizabeth k garrett


    I love new york beauty block and love the geese added.

    May 9, 2017 at 4:53 pm
  • Beth T.


    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book. I’ve been looking for ideas for a quilt for a physician who has been important to our family, and I think Twin Dragons is a good jumping off point.

    May 9, 2017 at 10:14 pm
  • Cecilia


    Those are amazing designs! I love all of the bright colors!

    May 10, 2017 at 6:13 am
  • The Pandemonium quilt is beautiful! I love the colors!

    May 10, 2017 at 12:56 pm
  • Kathy E.


    You’ve chosen gorgeous fabrics and colors for your project! i’m not the best with curves either, but you will be as you get more practice with this! Keep us posted!

    May 10, 2017 at 6:14 pm

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