Danger – Curves Ahead

I have been doing a lot of work with curves lately. This is my latest attempt at taking curves and building bridges between them. The following instructions are intended for your personal use. If you share it, make sure you give me credit. The piece unfinished is 35 ½ x 35 ½. I’ve provided a coloring sheet after the templates. Happy creating!

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Fabric Requirements

I used 6 fat quarters of different Robert Kaufmann Kona solids in blues. I also used about half a yard of Kona grey (I think it is charcoal!) for the background. The fabric requirements will vary depending on what you wind up doing with the piece

 

 

 

 

 

Block Cutting

There are two blocks that comprise this piece. Both are 7 ½ inch unfinished blocks.  There is also a center block. To make this you will need:

16 drunkards path block

  • these are constructed using template A and template B on page 4.
  • You will need 16 of A and 16 of B.
  • In the design shown, I did 8 blue and 8 grey of each of A and B to get the design.
  • The seam allowances are included in the templates but not shown.

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8 bridge blocks – for these you need to cut the following from your fabric

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  • 8 pieces 2” x 7 ½” – for the design shown I cut four from the blues and four from the grey so that the bridges carry from the drunkard’s path block
  • 8 6 x 7 ½ – I cut mine from the blues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 center square block 7 ½ x 7 ½ (I used the blues)

Sewing the Blocks

For the drunkard’s path block, you need to take one template A and one template B (I used my Accuquilt 7 ½ drunkards path die). Match the notch – I pin there. And I only use one pin J. I have the B piece on top. Start sewing, going slowly as you work around the curve. When you get to the pin, remove it and continue on to the end. Yes, it is that easy. I do not clip the curves. I press from the back and press the template A out.

 

You will have a total of 16 drunkard’s path blocks.

For the bridge blocks, you need to sew one 2 x 7 ½ piece to one 6 x 7 ½ piece to create 8 blocks.

Quilt Layout

The quilt is laid out in a five by five design as shown below. The top and bottom two rows contain the drunkard’s path blocks and a bridge block. The middle row has four bridges and the 7 ½ x 7 ½ center square.

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Join the blocks together in rows as shown. This is a detail of the bridge block placement between the two drunkard’s path blocks.

When sewing the blocks into rows, I press the seams in opposite directions in each row so that the seams nest when the rows are joined together. Now join the rows together as shown and voila, you are done!

 

 

 

Drunkard’s Path Block Templates (seam allowances included but not drawn in – cut at the solid black line – consider template plastic or heavier weight paper to cut your templates. If you have an Accuquilt, I used the 7 ½ drunkards path.)

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Coloring Block

Danger Curves Blank

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And this and this was the original with a change up as I measured wrong!

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A Quilting Adventure to Skopelos

Little did I know my quilting adventures would be taking me to a lovely Greek island!  I long ago had two friends from high school who used to go to the Greek islands for vacations – I was very envious when they would send postcards from Mykenos or Skopelos or some other exotic location while I hung out on the Jersey shore!

This adventure started with Katarina Rocella asking me if I wanted to have some fun with her new ArtGallery Fabrics line, Skopelos.   Well of course I said yes!   Then she e mailed me saying it was part of a blog hop.  Ummmmm, okay.  My blogging is sporadic at best, but I was game.  So here you have it, my adventure to Skopelos.

I knew right away what I wanted to make, so I asked for a couple of pieces from the line.  The wonderful folks at AGF sent me more than I could imagine, so my mind started to spin.  I would stick with my original plan, a quilt inspired from a wonderful book titled A Quilter’s Mixology by Angela Pingel.  You can find more info on the book here.   I’ve shown off some of the progress and pieces on Instagram already, but for the first time I give you the complete Skopelos adventure.

Let’s start with the obligatory group fence shot!  Yes, I wound up with four pieces.  It’s gorgeous fabric and as AGF says, you can feel the difference.


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The inspiration piece I imagined as my little house on a Greek island.  One of the central prints from the line has wonderful details of houses, fences, chairs, and trees.  I used my Accuquilt 7 inch drunkard’s path die to cut the fabric (note to self – pay attention to the direction when you load fabric – yes, one of my house’s is upside down!) and then started the piecing process.  I used a light grey solid from AGF as the background.  A big shout out to both Intrepid Threads and Hawthorne Threads for supplementing my solids on this adventure!  And I asked my long arm quilter Sue to work her magic on the piece.  The swirls and curves helped to embody the island in the sea them I was going for.


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The second piece was created with a very bohemian mindset – I wanted to continue playing with curves, so I cut into the fabric line and the coordinating solids and just started tossing pieces onto the design wall.  I am thrilled with it as the interplay between the Skopelos fabric and the solids worked (yes, even the bright pink!).  Though I know it will not work for everyone.  Aesthetics.  I get it.  And Sue did a great job quilting a circle/spiral starting from the center as well as some detail work in some of the areas.

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And I was determined to use most every scrap of the fabric, so I made this piece – it is inspired by a stacked diamond design I did last year for a bee – I made the diamonds larger and then offset it.  I only made half a star – I’ve been intrigued with that concept since I first saw it on Instagram.  I quilted this one using straight lines of different Aurifil thread  and did the binding with AGF Prisma elements.


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And last is my Tumbling to Skopelos.  I’ve had a Fat Cat ruler for over a year and never got around to experimenting with it, so I gave it a whirl.  I used the remaining pieces from the Paparounes and various solids.  I tried to follow the block shape in the quilting – there was a lot of turning and twisting in my Bernina, so a bit wonky in spots but overall I think it came out well.  And I love the backing fabric I found for this.  And of course it is demon dog approved so all is right with the world.

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Well, that’s it for my Skopelos adventure.  Thanks for coming over and checking things out.  A special thanks to Katarina and AGF for the opportunity to participate in the hop.

And don’t forget to check out all the other phenomenal makers for this hop.  The schedule and links are below.  Check out Katarina’s blog for an awesome giveaway!

1. LYNNE GOLDSWORTHY – April 20th
2. ALLEGORY LANHAM – April 21st
3. ERICA TOOLE – April 22nd
4. RACHAEL GANDER – April 23th
5. AMY FRIEND – April 24th
6. MARIJA VUJČIĆ – April 25th
7. DANA BOLYARD – April 26th
8. ERICA JACKMAN – April 27th
9. JESSICA ALEXANDRAKIS – April 28th
10. SVETLANA SOTAK – April 29th
11. KATHLEEN RIGGINS – April 30th
12. APRIL RHODES – May 1st
13. PAUL HALLINGER – May 2nd
14. SHARON MCCONNELL – May 3rd
15. CAROLINE HULSE – May 4th
16. JANE DAVIDSON – May 5th