drunkard’s path block and christmas wreath hanging

At long last I have pieced a Drunkard’s Path block. In the past I had a mental block to sew curved pieces. I have tried it and the results were not good, I have left it in the corner for later. But when ordered the Dresden Plate ruler at Creative Grids, I also got a Drunkard’s Path ruler. A large one, the finished block is 14″ square. I thought the larger, the easier to piece. I had a small bundle of 4 fat eights that I bought many years ago (in them days my fabric and color choice was very different to today) and I used them for practice. I have used all the 4 pieces of fabric for the 2 Drunkard’s Path blocks. The cutting was easy (just needed to hold the ruler tight) and decide on the color layout. To my surprise, the piecing went great – I sewed everything without using pins. Just sewing slowly and concentrating on what I am doing. I shall leave one block as a sample and the other one I have quilted with the walking foot. So, here my first two Drunkard’s Path blocks – from the front :

drunkard's path block 1 - skalabara.com

and from the back :

drunkard's path block 2 - skalabara.com

and quilted from the front :

drunkard's path block 3 - skalabara.com

and quilted from the back :

drunkard's path block 4 - skalabara.com

I can only say : do not be afraid of curves and try out this classical block! It is a lot of fun and this block has many different quilt layout possibilities.

As I am on holidays, I have more time to do my crafts. I have also finished a Christmas Wreath wall hanging that I found last year in one of the Spanish patchwork magazines. I only need to get some beads and small bells to sew on as decoration elements. I have added a hanging sleeve on the back.

christmas wreath with kaffe fassett fabrics - skalabara.com

Our cat enjoys the hot summer : Mickey having a small nap at siesta time :

mickey has a siesta nap - skalabara.com

 

njoy your weekend, I am off to the pool and shall have a small nap too, Barbora

dresden plate quilt finished

Today, on a hot Friday afternoon in Spain I have sewn on the binding to the Dresden Plate quilt. Now I just have to cut of some threads and I can start my weekend – and holidays!

I have used the walking foot to quilt Dresden Plate block. I have marked the echoing lines using a small square ruler and a bone folder – normally used in card making. I prefer this tool to a pen as I do not have to iron off the marked lines.

dresden plate quilt 3 - skalabara.com

dresden plate quilt 1 - skalabara.com

dresden plate quilt 4 - skalabara.com

After quilting all the blocks I have prepared contineous strips to sew together the quilt, using the bias tape maker by Clover, sizes 18 and 25. I have trimmed the blocks to the same size, joined the blocks with wide zigzag stitches and added the strips. The thinner strips (cut 1,5″) in yellow and orange on the back. The wider strip (cut 2″) in dark red on the front. QAYG tutorial by Made by Chrissie D.

dresden plate quilt 5 - skalabara.com

Now I am adding on the binding. This time I have cut the strips 3″ to finish with a wider binding.

dresden plate quilt 5 - skalabara.com

And here some information about this quilt :

Quilt size : 85″ x 85″ / 216 x 216 cm

Block size : 21″ x 21″ / 53 x 53 cm

Dresden Plate size : 15,5″ x 15,5″ / 40 x 40 cm; center circle : 4 ” / 10 cm

Quilted with the walking foot using Guterman Sulky 30 quilting threads in dark red, variegated yellow/orange and natural.

dresden plate quilt 7 - skalabara.com

dresden plate quilt 8 - skalabara.com

So, now I am ready to go on holidays.

Thanks for stopping, have a wonderful weekend, Barbora

dresden plate quilt in warm autumn colors

Since a few days I have been working on a double quilt with Dresden Plates for Joan. This quilt is for her favorite cousin and she choose fabrics in warm autumn colors. I shall sew it in QAYG technique, quilting each block separately and sewing the quilted blocks together. The quilt has a total of 16 Dresden Plate blocks, each finished size 20″ x 20″.

After cutting all the fabrics I started with piecing :  

dresden plate quilt 1 - skalabara.com

dresden plate quilt 2 - skalabara.com

 

dresdner plate quilt 3 - skalabara.com

Cutting of the tips to turn over the seam :

dresden plate quilt 4 - skalabara.comEverything prepared for piecing :

dresden plate quilt 5 - skalabara.com

Sewing, pressing, sewing, pressing :

dresden plate quilt 7 - skalabara.com

 

dresden plate quilt 6 - skalabara.com

All 16 blocks done! I am still not sure about the size of the dark red circle in the center. Should it be 3,75″ or 4,5″? What do you think? The Dresden Plate itself is 17,5″.

dresden plate quilt 8 - skalabara.comHappy Sunday, we have hot summer weather and the beach is not far away!

Barbora

twister tool tested

Whilst searching the internet where to buy a ruler for Dresdner Plate blocks, I stumbled over Lils Twister Tool. The quilts made with the twister caught my eye and I couldn’t resist not to order this simple, but effective tool to make pinwheels. I was always happy with my standard rectangular and square rulers, so I never looked for something else. I found a nice tutorial at Quilting Linda for a Christmas wreath block made with the twister tool and I really liked it. So last week my parcel from Creative Grids finally arrived and I have worked on some blocks. I am aware, that all quilts made with the twister are easy to recognize, but the design is so outstanding (at least for me) that it doesn’t bother me. Here the two blocks : a Christmas wreath and a block using fabrics by Kaffe Fassett :

twister block different layouts - skalabara.com

 

Fabric requirements for the Kaffe Fassett block, finished size 18″ x 18″ :

  • 12 green 5″ square
  • 12 red 5″ squares
  • 1 yellow 5″ square
  • 4 strips 3,5″ wide in yellow for the border (Kona Solid Corn Yellow)

Here the first step : arrange your 5″ squares as desired, piece and press all seams open.

twister block layout - skalabara.com

Add the borders and press seams open :

twister block layout with borders - skalabara.com

Now we need the twister tool. It comes with a good explanation how to use it. Top left you can see the “newly” cut squares with the pinwheel effect.

twister block cutting - skalabara.com

Here a cutting detail :

twister block cutting detail - skalabara.com

Place the cut squares in the same order as cut and you can automatically see the pattern. Piece once more and that is it!

Here my Christmas wreath, size 27″ x 27″ – a table runner or wall hanging :

twister wreath - skalabara.com

 

Have nice weekend and thanks for stopping, Barbora

table runner for Irena

My friend Irena has done some house refurbishing and asked me if I could make her a table runner. So last week we got the colors sorted, I bought some fat quarters by Moda Fabrics and found a nice pattern on the web by Modify Tradition. This is how my design wall looked earlier this week :

my design wall in may - skalabara.com

I am preparing a Dresden Plate design for patchwork classes and shall make a pillow cover out of it. Following the finished table runner, size 21″ x 36″ :

table runner for irena 1 - skalabara.com

Quilted with the walking foot, straight lines in diagonal and some squares, detail :

table runner for irena 2 - skalabara.com

table runner for irena 5 - skalabara.com

There is some more work waiting for me – pieced units for a new quilt :

units for a new quilt - skalabara.com

and leftover half-square triangles ready to press from the Swoon quilt for Mary :

hst ready to press - skalabara.com

Something for the belly – I have opened the jam making season with medlar or loquat and the first apricots :

loquat preserve - skalabara.com

apricot preserve - skalabara.com

And something for the eye – my flowering orchids :

orchids - skalabara.com

Happy sewing, thanks for stopping and till next time,

Barbora