Saturday, November 29, 2014

Cross the Drunkard's Path Quilt Along

I work for the local school district and we take Wednesday as a holiday, too. I sewed ALL day and was able to finish all the blocks!

Then I did some calculations and I don't have enough fabric left to finish this quilt the way I originally planned. I have two choices: Find more fabric or change my plan. I bought the fabric at Dharma Trading so I will see if I can find the same PFD fabric or an acceptable replacement. Back in the box this goes until I have time for that. In the meantime, I have another similar project that has been languishing in a box. This is a drunkard's path variation called Millwheel.

I looked over my notes which I could hardly make heads or tales of so I decided to see how large it would be with the blocks I have already made. It looks like it will be lap size.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Design Wall Monday

My friend, Nancy, was visiting today. After we had brunch we sewed all afternoon, walked dogs, had dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant and sewed late into the night. She has to drive home to Oregon tomorrow so we had to squeeze a lot in. I finished three of these blocks today. The other two I did last week.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Cross the Drunkard's Path Quilt Along

Back in 2009 I collected Drunkard's Path block variations and arranged them as a BOM for a group of quilting friends.

My BOM Plan

I even hand dyed half yards of kona cotton especially for this project.

Then I made two blocks and lost interest. My project has languished in a box for almost 5 years.

When I saw Vicki Welsh's post about her Cross the Drunkard's Path Quilt Along it reminded me about this unfinished project. It took me a few weeks to get back in the mood to work on it. This week I planned my color placement and cut all the pieces.

Design Wall

Last night I sewed a few test units to remind myself how to sew curves.

I keep thinking I should be putting this together in a different way, making it more artsy or sophisticated, therefore more complicated. I am forcing myself to stick with my original plan. It doesn't have to be a masterpiece, just has to be finished.

What do you do with the leftovers from drunkard's path blocks?

I'll probably work the yardage into the border. I might use the quarter circles in another project........

Monday, November 17, 2014

Design Wall Monday

I worked on the giant dahlia this weekend and got the main piecing finished. Next I need to applique it to  a background, put a small circle over the center and decide on borders.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Design Wall Monday

After I finished my first One Block Wonder, I immediately began another and bought fabric for two more. I happened to have 10 yards of this fabric:

I found it in the sale bin at my LQS. My friend, the owner, said it wasn't selling. I was surprised since I think it's beautiful! I was going to put it on the back of another quilt but I think this is a much better use.

This is only the upper half as the long arm is in the way. I will have to slide it out of the way to work. It will take a few weeks of rearranging. I'm going for the look of a meadow and I love it so far! The small white triangle is a slip of paper to mark the center. I had to put up a temporary design wall since my usual one is too small.

This is my first OBW finished:

I didn't buy enough fabric for the borders so I used the sunflowers. It's another print from the same line. Here's a closeup of some of the blocks. I love the little bird heads.

This is the original fabric:

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