Drunkard’s Path…What a Hoot!

Drunkard’s path blocks are one of my favorite blocks to use. They give a quilt curves and movement. At the same time, they can be a pain in the patootie for me to sew.

The first time I tried curves/circles, I used Cristy’s piec-lique method. It was scary and intimidating, but once conquered I was hooked on curves. The next time I tried drunkard’s paths blocks, I attacked it and didn’t use any glue or pins…”I got this!” Using templates, I cut the fabric and just went with it. It worked! Now…I am superwoman. Ha!

This week, while doodling on graph paper, I designed an owl quilt (she still needs a name) using using these blocks that I adore. So excited, I printed out some templates using EQ7. With the intention of this being a mini quilt, I had to change the original 4″ finished block size to a 2″. No problem, I thought. Now to cut & prep the fabric. Cutting was a challenge, but I managed.

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With my superwoman skills, I began piecing these blocks together without pinning. Nothing seemed to line up, the edges of template A seemed to be too short. I stitched, ripped stitches, stressed, cussed, threw away the superwoman outfit, gave up, and came back the next day. (I really thought of chunking it all in the scrap pile.) This time, I brought my pins with me.

Ahhh! 

 

After successfully sewing a couple of blocks together together, I pinned the rest of the curves together.

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I pressed the blocks and sewed them together row by row. Because I was on a roll, I didn’t think to get pictures of the finished blocks. Next, I glue basted the rows together, stitched, and bam! My vision has come together, finally!

Some things I learned from this mini: I don’t like smaller curves as much as the larger ones, pins can be your friends, coffee and rest are even greater friends.

 

Here is my finished mini quilt top. It measures about 16″ x 22″. The original plan for 4″ finished blocks would have been 34″x 46″.

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If anyone is interested in this pattern, let me know. I am actually working on my first pattern (another project) and would love some constructive criticism. For now, the onesie quilt I began last weekend is begging to be pieced.

Wish me luck!! ~Pam

Onesie Quilt Anyone?

Sewing therapy was a must for me this past weekend.  With a couple of to do’s on my list, I decided to begin a project for a friend…a onesie quilt. Cutting up these memories made it difficult for me start. What if I make a mistake and ruin her baby clothes & precious memories?? This struggle was the reason for my procrastination on this project. Usually I can’t wait to start on a project. For this quilt,  I decided on making all  rectangular shapes… the same length, but different widths. This made it a little easier since the sizes of the outfits varied and were worn from birth to one year. A variety of fabrics made it a bit tricky applying stabilizer (I used Pellon Fusible 911FF), but I managed. To any of you who have made onesie/t-shirt quilts…what requirements do you ask of your clients?  Anywho…I began prepping fabric, and prepped some more.

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Took a break, cause poochie’s sixth sense said I needed one. lol

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And prepped some more:

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Although I did not finish prepping or have time to sew, it was a productive weekend.  Thinking of sewing these pieces together still causes a bit of fear because the seams will be thicker than the usual quilting cotton fabrics… but I will tackle it. It may teach me a lesson, but I will conquer this beast!

Before I go…I have one more thing to share. EXCITING news!!! A local quilter found that she likes piecing quilts more than she likes quilting and sold me her quilting machine. The space I have to put her in is a work in process (as you can see in the photos).  When we finish renovations, I will be able to play. For now, she sits…and waits….

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Hope you all are having a fantastic week!

Pamela

Learning Curves

After watching different webinars and listening to different podcasts recently, I decided to learn how to use Adobe Illustrator. Many quilt pattern writers seem to love this program. One downside….there’s a huge learning curve (for me at least). It can also be expensive, but I homeschool my children and get huge discounts under Adobe’s Student/Teacher plan.

At first, I attempted to use a book I had purchased a short while back called Adobe Illustrator CC Classroom in a Book.

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How quickly I remembered, I am a visual learner.  Videos are my friend! I searched and searched and found these tutorials by Tasty Tuts/Creative Tutorials by Gareth David. His tutorials are heaven sent. Here are some screen shots of my work while following along with those tutorials.

Finishing most of those videos, I feel more confident now to go through the book I purchased. My goals are to be able to use this program as well as others by Adobe to create quilt patterns. I have used EQ7 to design a few quilts. My very first blog post, Urgency to Create, has the first quilt I designed in it as well as sketches, quilt photo, and a photo of the quilt design in EQ7.

At this moment in time, I have to force myself to take a break. My brain is fried! lol My family probably thinks that my booty is glued to my office chair and probably wondering what’s for supper?!

What programs do you use to create quilt patterns? Any tips from any Ai users? If you use Ai, do you use a pen tablet?