A Quilter’s Mixology in Review – Day 2

Off we continue on an exploration of the projects in my new book! I’m very excited to share these quilts with you all and I hope you will stick with me through the week to see all of the different quilts I’ve created.  I really believe that there is something for everyone in this book in terms of design aesthetic.  And please! Don’t be intimidated by the curves.  I walk you through it in the book and there really is nothing to fear.  There are patterns with lots of curves and patterns with few of them.  You can work on patterns that involve no seam matching and patterns that require every seam matched.  But without a doubt, they are doable and you will feel them well worth tackling.

I’m sharing another 3 projects today from the book.  And again there will be an opportunity to win a copy of the book and more prizes…just to celebrate!  I hope you’ll join me each day to see the quilts and hopefully be inspired to start sewing some curves.

I want to share with you a modular curve design that I created using the Accuquilt cutter and both of their dies.  Flower Power takes a petal pattern in two sizes and offsets them for movement.

Obviously using the Accuquilt Cutter will make this quilt very fast to cut out, but never fear, EACH pattern comes with full size templates in the book.  So in addition to mentioning if a particular quilt is die cut friendly, you will always have that template as well. I love the change of ratio and seeing the same petal design in solids and prints.  I will note that the most effective prints are the ones that come together almost seamlessly.

 

Secondly, I want to share with you a spin on a log cabin quilt, Tennis Match.

This quilt is made from one block that is rotated throughout the quilt to create the bouncing ball effect.  There are not many curved pieces as you can see.  Only the outside corner of the large squares and the ball in the middle of the block are curves.  And  you can easily accommodate less curves in this pattern if you wanted to tackle it but are slightly intimidated by curves (though you need not be!).  I love the quilting on this one in particular too.  I used a maxed out zig zag stitch on my Janome with a walking foot/accufeed foot and it turned out beautifully.

And Finally for today, I would like to share with you one of the smaller projects in my book, Loosely Curved. This wall hanging shows off the versatility of curves with straight lines but in a manageable size.
I love the bold and retro flavor of this piece.  I chose to use all solids to just play with the movement of the piece.  Though I will warn you that solids are particularly unforgiving when matching seams. This is true regardless of whether you are working with curves or not of course.  But I’ll play fair and share with you the trickier moments of a piece. 😉 I did enjoy quilting this one in particular and used a graphic free motion wood grain design.
So there you have it!  The next three of sixteen projects to share with you.  If you missed Day 1, you can check it out HERE.  And join us every day this week for more sneak peaks into the book.

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203 thoughts on “A Quilter’s Mixology in Review – Day 2

  1. Today's quilts are wonderful! Tennis Match and Flower Power are downright fun to look at. I can envision Loosely Curved done in warm tones, and have it represent candle light.

  2. Some great patterns! I love the retro feel of the last one, tennis match is such a fun one too, the different sizes of flower power has a neat effect also. Great job!

  3. Ooh, I especially like the quilts you showed today! The Flower Power with the different sizes and offset positioning is great. I thought it would surely be my favorite from the book, but then I saw the other two and I think now they're all 3 favorites!

  4. Your book looks great. I am not that afraid of curves but it takes some work to make then look really great and your book makes it looks so easy.

  5. I can't believe how many projects you came up with with the same basic blocks! (Plus I know that this is just a small fraction of what's actually in the book!) Amazing job, Angela:D

  6. I love everything I've seen so far, Angela! The wall hanging is right up my alley – have a ready spot for it in the living room. Thanks for the give away!

  7. I saw this book at B&N and it's gorgeous. I've been trying to find it at JoAnn Fabrics though since I received a rather large gift card for my birthday. I hope JoAnn's is going to carry it.

  8. I love all these quilts. I guess I am starting to lean more towards these types of quilts when designing my projects. I just think they are so striking.

  9. Thank you for showing the quilts that are in your book. I don't like to buy books without knowing what's in them. Now that my local quilt shop has closed, I don't get to see as many new books in person as I used to.

    Barbara in MD
    Stash Overflow

  10. These are great. Can't wait to see tomorrows quilts. Yesterday and today's were great! I will need to get a copy of this book, if I don't win one. Thanks.

  11. these are wonderful. i am working up the courage to do curves. I can do this. Thank you for these great give a ways. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

  12. Flower Power needs to be hanging on my sewing room wall. It's so retro (hippie).
    Thank you for the opportunities and for sharing your piecing tips.
    I'm sharing info about you on FB and following on Bloglovin.

  13. Those patterns are wonderful. I've always avoided curves, but I think your book may change my way of thinking. Thanks for the chance to win.

  14. You have such a wonderful imagination! Not one pattern so far is similar. My rule to buying a book is there at least 3 patterns that I would consider making? So far you have show 6 patterns I would make all of them! Sue

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