A couple weeks ago, I came home from vacation to find a book I’d put on hold at the library was waiting for me: A Quilter’s Mixology by Angela Pingel. It’s gotten great reviews and I was excited that my small local library had a copy.
I’ve been wanting to try curved piecing and as a “modern traditionalist”, I was eager to see what Angela could do with just one block: Drunkard’s Path. I was not disappointed. There are 16 projects in this book and I counted at least 4 that I wanted to do right away. I will definitely be buying my own copy of this book.
I’m starting with the Medallion Baby Quilt. The thing that caught my eye right away was the fabric Angela choose: Katie Jump Rope, one of my all time favorite lines. I have only scraps of it left and I’m hoarding it, ha! But I also love the simplicity and symmetry of the quilt and decided to make it first.
I photo copied the templates (included full size!) and glued them to cardboard ripped off the back of last year’s school notebooks. I pulled out some bird fabrics that had been languishing in my stash and found coordinating prints.
It took about an hour to cut out the fabric. One thing I noticed is that the book is very generous when it states how much fabric is needed. For example, on this Medallion quilt, it says you need a yard of the fabric for the middle rings. I only needed about 22″, or a little less than 2/3 of a yard. Not a big deal, but it’s helpful to know if you are trying to use what you have and you don’t have a full yard.
I spent about 3? hours piecing. I tried to keep track, but was interrupted several times by my darling
squabbling children. This was one of the first times I’ve done curved piecing for a quilt. I’ve done some while sewing clothes, so it wasn’t totally new to me. I’ve heard there are many ways to sew curves like these, and the way I found works best for me is a 2-pin method.
I fold each piece to find the center of the curve and pin. Then I match up and pin the tail end of the curve. I pinch together the two pieces at the top of the curve, with the L shaped piece on top and slide them under my scant 1/4″ foot. I sew a few stitches, the ease the two curves together, using my fingers to hold them in place and sew to the center pin in one smooth motion. The I do the same for the bottom half, using an awl to guide the last bit of the fabric under the foot it doesn’t slide away.
Then I put all the blocks into rows and the rows together into a quilt top.
I’m not planning to quilt this right away. I’m going to be taking a class on free-motion quilting next month and want to practice before I tackle this project. So I’ve pulled fabric for another quilt from the book, the Nine Patch Curves.
I can’t wait to see how this one turns out!