A Quilter’s Mixology in Review – Day 2

A Quilter's Mixology

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.

A Quilter's Mixology

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.

A Quilter's Mixology

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.