A Quilter’s Mixology: Shaking Up Curved Piecing

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Niedawno kupilam ksiazke autorstwa Angeli Pingel – ‘A Quilter’s Mixology’. Ksiazka nie jest calkiem nowa, zostala opublikowana w 2014, mimo to informacje dotyczace bloku zwanego Drunkard’s Path sa i beda aktualne, a zaprezentowane projekty naprawde przepiekne. Zdecydowalam sie na zamowienie tej ksiazki, poniewaz mialam problemy z projektem jednego z moich quiltow, co skonczylo sie na uzyciu kol. Troche bylam tym przerazona, ale mimo wszystko skonczylo sie znacznie lepiej niz sie obawialam (patrz: Lsniace kola).

Recently I bought a book written by Angela Pingel – ‘A Quilter’s Mixology’. The book is not new, it was published back in 2014, however information about Drunkard’s Path block is still valid and projects are really beautiful. I decided to order this book because I had some issues with design of one of my quilts, which ended up using the circles. I was kind of scared by sewing curves, but finally it ended up much better than expected (see: Shimmering Circles).

Angela opisuje historie bloku, po czym przechodzi do techniki: krojenie, zszywanie bloku, prasowanie, rozwiazywanie potencjalnych problemow i zszywanie blokow razem zarowno tradycyjnym jak i nowoczesnym sposobem. Jej metoda zszywania jest 2-fazowa: najpierw zaznacza srodek obu krzywych szpilka, po czy zszywa jedna strone od kantu do szpilki, a potem druga. Szczegoly tej techniki w wykonaniu Angeli mozna obejrzec w tutorialu na YouTube. Jednakze ja szyje na calej dlugosci krzywej, jak to jest pokazane w tym tutorialu (Sew Easy: Piecing Curves by Fons & Porter).

Angela describes the history of the block and then goes into technique, which covers cutting, stitching, pressing, potential problem’s solving and sewing blocks together in both more traditional and modern way. Angela’s way of sewing curves is based on 2-step method: you mark the middle of both curves with a pin and you stitch first from one side up to the pin and then from another. Actually you can see this method presented by Angela on You Tube. However I rather sew the whole way through, as shown in this tutorial (Sew Easy: Piecing Curves by Fons & Porter).

W ksiazce znajduje sie 16 roznych projektow bazujacych na bloku Drunkard’s Path. Sa one swieze, nowoczesne i oryginalne. Nie moge sie zdecydowac, ktory z nich podoba mi sie najbardziej, jest ich kilka. Oto one:

There is 16 different projects using Drunkard’s Path block in the book. They are fresh, modern and original. I can’t choose one favorite, there are several ones. Here they come:

 Arabian Nights
Arabian Nights
Butterflies

Butterflies

Medallion Babyquilt

Medallion

Orange twist

Orange Twist

Podziwiam wszystkie cztery po pierwsze za wzor, a po drugie za wybor tkanin i kolorystyke.

I admire all 4 of them firstly for the pattern and secondly for the fabric and color choices.

Jako ze uszylam juz jeden quilt dla mojej tesciowej, jestem winna uszyc jeden dla mojej wlasnej mamy. Kiedy zobaczylam wzor Arabian Nights, pomyslalam ze pasuje do niej idealnie. Zdecydowalam sie zmodyfikowac troszke wersje z ksiazki. Nie bede uzywac szablonow z ksiazki, ale plastikowego szablonu, dzieki ktoremu uzyskam 4-calowe skonczone cwiartkowe bloki. Wybralam tkaniny i rozplanowalam quilt.

As I made already a quilt for my mother-in-law, I owe one for my mum as well. When I saw pattern called Arabian Nights, I thought that it fits her perfectly. I decided to make a modified version. I’m not going to use the templates from the book, but I will use an acrylic template, which shall give a 4″ finished quarter-circle block. I have just chosen fabrics and made a drawing.

Arabian Nights 1

Tkaniny sa w wiekszosci w roznych odcieniach koloru niebieskiego, musztardowego i szarego z linii Wanderer (April Rhodes) i Emmy Grace (Bari J. Ackerman) z dodatkiem Flory (Joel Dewberry). Uwielbiam te kolory I mysle, ze beda doskonale razem wygladac.

Fabrics are mostly in teal, mustard and grey pulled from April Rhodes’ Wanderer and Bari J. Ackerman’s Emmy Grace with a small addition of Joel Dewberry’s Flora. I love those colors and think they will play well together.

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Nie moge obiecac, ze nie pojawia sie w przyszlosci nowe projekty oparte na tej ksiazce. Mysle, ze jest naprawde warta polecenia, mam nadzieje ze spodoba sie wam, tak jak i mi sie spodobala.

I don’t promise that I will not plan any of the other projects from the book at a later point! I think it’s really worth a recommendation, hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.

Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and Let’s Bee Social at sewfreshquilts

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13 thoughts on “A Quilter’s Mixology: Shaking Up Curved Piecing

  1. I love this book too! Though, I haven’t taken the plunge and made any quilts straight from the book, I did use her advice on some drunkard’s path blocks for a baby quilt I recently finished. The colors you’ve chosen are just gorgeous, feminine without being saccharine. 😀

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  2. I recently purchased this book and was really inspired by the projects in it. Several quilts from this book have been added to my to do list. Great fabric pull… this will be lovely!

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