WIP – Medallion Quilt

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!