Island Batik

New York Beauty Quilt with Island Batiks

When I did my Island Batik Ambassador unboxing video back in January there was a surprise bundle of fabric. As soon as the cameras were turned off I opened up that package and inside was a gorgeous stack of 20 fat quarters from the new line designed by Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Designs! For this fabric the challenge was to make a New York Beauty quilt. Because I’ve never made one before I was a bit nervous, but went at the challenge head on.

Here’s the story of my quilt that I call “Joshua Tree in the 1920s”. When I first saw the fabric, it reminded me of Joshua Tree National Park. It’s full of soft earth tones and organic patterns. Combined with the New York Beauty block, it took me back to that beautiful desert. Too bad I live on the opposite side of the country or I would have taken a road trip to get some photos.

Disclosure: Items used in this post were generously provided by Island Batik, Hobbs Batting, Aurifil Thread and Schmetz Needles.

The Fabric

“Tranquility” designed by Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Designs is a collection various earthy tones. The 20 fabrics range from cream to dark burgundy with all sorts of organic patterns. To really show off the collection, I used Island Batik’s “Meringue” from their Foundations – Neutrals fabric line.

It was really fun playing with those organic fabrics and the angular New York Beauty block. To me, that block just screams art deco. I spent hours on Electric Quilt 8 trying to come up with my layout. That is how my quilt was born.

The sharp spikes reminded me of the spines of the various cacti in the desert and the earthy browns and mauves in the fabric collection reminded me of the landscape.

The Quilt Block

Having never made a New York Beauty block I did plenty of searching in my quilt books and the internet. Ultimately, I went with a pattern that was designed by Theresa Down Under. She sells this block pattern in her Etsy shop. It went together much easier than I thought it would although I have to say I used a lot of pins!

The Quilting

For some of my special quilts I like to have them professionally longarm quilted. This was beautifully quilted by Melinda Keppler of Scottie Belle Designs.

Other Supplies Used

In addition to the beautiful fabrics I used Hobbs Poly-Down Premium Polyester batting, the light tan from Aurifil Thread‘s Pangolin Color Builder and Schmetz Needles. Thank you to these companies for the continued support of the Island Batik Ambassador program.

My New York Beauty Quilt

I have to say…I’m so pleased with my quilt. “Joshua Tree in the 1920’s” proudly hangs in my living room. The colors go well with my décor and it fits the are where I hang it perfectly. I’m also not nearly as nervous about the quilt block as I used to me. I think I’ll be making another New York Beauty quilt in the future.

New York Beauty Quilt

Bonus Project – How to Decorate a Baseball Cap with Mini Quilt Blocks

How to Decorate a Baseball Cap with Mini Quilt Blocks

Because I had fabric left over I decided to have some fun and use it to make some mini quilt blocks. I used them to adorn a baseball cap. Learn how to make this fun project in my video tutorial. I’m kind of in love with it!

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


  1. Andrea Devier

    June 20, 2022 at 9:05 AM

    I can’t wait to watch the video on your hat project – how fun!

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      June 20, 2022 at 9:11 AM

      Thanks! I hope you make a hat too. They are fun to make!

  2. Lori Smanski

    June 20, 2022 at 9:09 AM

    Well I dont think I can pick “one” fabric from this line. They are all so gorgeous. But my eye does keep going back to the multicolor pebbles. Your quilt is gorgeous. I love all the motion and show casing of the fabrics. Thanks for sharing and inspiring. I have been reluctant to try this pattern. Now I really need to give it a go.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      June 20, 2022 at 9:14 AM

      I couldn’t pick a favorite either! They are all so pretty. Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate the kind comments. That pattern by Teresa Down Under was easy for me to use plus she has a video and blog post tutorial to help.

      1. Cindy Shelley

        June 20, 2022 at 9:55 AM

        I love this tranquility line. I can’t pick one fabric as they all are gorgeous and compliment each other so well. Beautiful quilt.

        1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

          June 20, 2022 at 10:16 AM

          Thank you so much Cindy. I agree…it’s hard to pick a favorite!

  3. Becky Turner

    June 20, 2022 at 9:32 AM

    Its hard to tell without touching and feeling but I think I like the dark blue one with the lighter blue lines that remind me of rain drops…

  4. Anita Kendall

    June 20, 2022 at 9:52 AM

    Those fabrics are gorgeous. I think I like the one in the very front that looks like water droplets the best, but I think if I spent more time I would find a reason each one is my favorite!

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      June 20, 2022 at 10:15 AM

      Thanks. They really are. They immediately reminded me of the desert! Such nice earthy tones.

  5. Beth T.

    June 20, 2022 at 10:44 AM

    This is a gorgeous line! I couldn’t really choose a favorite, but I think I would (will??) use the stone color with the dark dot-like marks, the brown the the vertical lines that looks almost like wood grain, and the light blue-green with the water droplets. I guess it’s a sure sign of good design when it’s impossible to pick even at a glance online, right? I can’t leave without saying how lovely your quilt is. I spent a lot of time in the “Inland Empire” and your quilt has a desert vibe, for sure.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      June 21, 2022 at 7:26 AM

      Thanks so much. I’m glad you liked the quilt and I agree it’s almost too hard to pick a favorite!

  6. Sandy Allen

    June 20, 2022 at 1:35 PM

    I love the darker teal colored fabrics, especially the one that looks like it has pebbles or stones on it.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      June 21, 2022 at 7:25 AM

      Ooh those are pretty.

  7. KJ

    June 20, 2022 at 1:51 PM

    Beautiful quilt.

  8. Sharon M Aurora

    June 20, 2022 at 2:53 PM

    The colors were well placed for this design. I think my favorite is the green pebbly fabric.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      June 21, 2022 at 7:21 AM

      Thank you. Nice choice for your favorite!

  9. Jenn

    June 20, 2022 at 4:30 PM

    Tranquility is too pretty, love the southwest colors. Great with the NYB pattern.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      June 21, 2022 at 7:21 AM

      It’s a really pretty fabric line. Thanks.

  10. Kathy R.

    June 20, 2022 at 4:50 PM

    I am drawn to any shade of purple. So that would be Jewel Carvings, Nightshade, and Savannah. All of fabric is beautiful and would be great to use in a quilt. Your quilt turned our great. I like the idea of decorating baseball caps with small blocks.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      June 21, 2022 at 7:22 AM

      Those are all pretty collections. I love purples as well!

  11. Lori Morton

    June 20, 2022 at 6:25 PM

    It.s sooooooo hard to choose just one!!! But do love tranquility line & Winter Sky 🙂 Would use either for a surprise for Daughter.. lol Thank you for chance to win your give-a-way 😀

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      June 21, 2022 at 7:23 AM

      I agree! I can never choose just one favorite.

  12. Nancy Angerer

    June 20, 2022 at 6:29 PM

    I like the 2 shade green that reads as a solid.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      June 21, 2022 at 7:24 AM

      That green is so pretty and there are a number of different ones in the line.

  13. Nancy

    June 20, 2022 at 7:32 PM

    I really like the green with the expanding circles. Looks like water! It would be interesting to see that fabric in blue too.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      June 21, 2022 at 7:24 AM

      That is a pretty one too. The same design is also in a pale apricot color.

  14. Diantha Howard

    June 20, 2022 at 8:26 PM

    It’s hard to choose a favorite. I think I like the one on the bottom left of your “fabrics laid out” image best. They do remind me of the desert too!

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      June 21, 2022 at 7:25 AM

      Agreed, it’s too hard to choose. Thanks for stopping by!

  15. Christi

    June 20, 2022 at 9:43 PM

    Honestly I am not a brown person so I would go for the beiges and “greens”.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      June 21, 2022 at 7:20 AM

      There are so many to choose from. I couldn’t decide either! Thanks for stopping by!

  16. Brenda @ Songbird Designs

    June 20, 2022 at 10:40 PM

    I absolutely love this quilt even though browns aren’t in my wheelhouse. All the other fabrics, really make the brown shine! Fantastic job and great photo shoot location, Claudia!

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      June 21, 2022 at 7:20 AM

      Thanks Brenda – I don’t often use browns either, but love these earthy tones so much.

  17. Teri

    June 20, 2022 at 11:09 PM

    I love the light aqua ripples fabric. All the colors are gorgeous and your project really shows them off.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      June 21, 2022 at 7:19 AM

      Thank you. I like that fabric a lot too.

  18. Janet Nancy

    June 21, 2022 at 12:13 AM

    I like the light aqua swirls best. Beautiful collection!

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      June 21, 2022 at 7:19 AM

      That is a beautiful one!

  19. Jennifer Thomas

    June 21, 2022 at 8:08 AM

    I love your quilt! Plus I didn’t realize how lovely this fabric collection is until I saw how you used it. Have a great day!

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      June 22, 2022 at 6:40 AM

      Thanks Jennifer. It is a really pretty collection. Have a great day too!

  20. Cecilia

    June 21, 2022 at 8:52 AM

    Beautiful quilt! All of the fabrics are gorgeous, but I love the light green the best!

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      June 22, 2022 at 6:41 AM

      Thank you! Those greens are all so pretty!

  21. Dawn F.

    June 21, 2022 at 1:00 PM

    I like the fabric that is pink with white swirls in it.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      June 22, 2022 at 6:41 AM

      Oh that is a nice fabric. thanks for stopping by!

  22. Allison Church Bird

    June 21, 2022 at 1:29 PM

    Lovely quilt – nice design!! Love the baseball cap idea!. I like the Nightshade colors but they are all beautiful.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      June 22, 2022 at 6:41 AM

      Thank you so much. I appreciate it.

  23. lee

    June 21, 2022 at 3:43 PM

    Stunning quilt design and quilting! I am in awe! I think the entire line is beautiful – I am loving the greens – the raindrops are so pretty!

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      June 22, 2022 at 6:42 AM

      Thank you so much. I appreciate it!

  24. Catherine H

    June 21, 2022 at 5:21 PM

    Love the quilts, especially the hat idea. The idea had never crossed my mind, I will have to see the instructions my granddaughter, Willa probably would like a hat that is decorated just for her.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      June 22, 2022 at 6:42 AM

      I do hope you give the cap a try. It’s a lot of fun and really unique!

  25. Deborah Browning

    June 21, 2022 at 6:44 PM

    Your quilt is gorgeous! I would be so afraid of all those points. The colors look so beautiful together. I like the teals and greens.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      June 22, 2022 at 6:43 AM

      Thank you. That pattern that I used really made a difference.

  26. Maryellen McAuliffe

    June 21, 2022 at 7:13 PM

    This is so pretty. I love the deeper wine/mauve fabrics in this collection. You did a great job with the design. It’s lovely.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      June 22, 2022 at 6:43 AM

      Thanks Maryellen. I appreciate and those colors are so pretty!

  27. Barb Kaup

    June 21, 2022 at 8:13 PM

    I like all the colors, but think the teal really compliments the burgundy tones!

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      June 22, 2022 at 6:43 AM

      That is a lovely combo. Thanks for stopping by!

  28. Debbie

    June 21, 2022 at 10:46 PM

    Thanks for the description of the process of your quilt. It reassures me that this is normal. I dearly love the colors you utilized in the quilt. It would also match my decor although I don’t have the cactuses in my area nor the gorgeous rusted steel bridge where you displayed them.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      June 22, 2022 at 6:44 AM

      Glad you liked the quilt and thanks for stopping by!

  29. Susan

    June 22, 2022 at 11:29 AM

    I like the first one the best, and each succeeding one from front to back are next in line.

  30. Theresa Norris

    June 24, 2022 at 5:56 PM

    Love this line Nightshade.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      June 25, 2022 at 6:36 AM

      Oh that is a pretty collection!

  31. Pam

    June 25, 2022 at 12:25 AM

    Your quilt is gorgeous! And I love the name. Yes, it does have a deco vibe! And the hat is so much fun – a very creative use of the block. It.’s hard to pick a favorite from the collection. All the fabric is gorgeous. But I think the two blues are my favorites. Thanks for sharing the story of this quilt and thanks for offering this beautiful giveaway!

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      June 25, 2022 at 6:35 AM

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  32. Tanya Guthrie

    June 26, 2022 at 12:01 PM

    I’m going to be one of those people who say I can’t pick one. I do know it’s between Tranquility and Woodcut Blossoms for the top spot though. All of them are gorgeous and your quilt is lovely!

  33. laura mitchell

    June 27, 2022 at 9:46 AM

    I love them all!

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