A New Spin – Tile Floor & Peacock Alley

Today we have another two-for-one blog because both quilts use fabric from Windham Fabrics.

The first quilt is Tile Floor and it is uses the corner half-square triangle variation

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Tile Floor  from A New Spin On Drunkard’s Path – C&T Publishing – August 2016

This is a quick and easy quilt to put together because the Drunkard’s Path blocks are alternated with simple squares with corner half-square triangles.  The fabrics in this quilt are by Marcia Derse and Melanie Testa.  Alternated color ways are presented in the book – one of which give a Harlequin-esque look with a black and white background and bright primary colors in the Drunkard Path Block.  I would love to see this one done in batiks – hmmm – I might just have to raid my stash and stitch one up.

The second quilt is Peacock Alley using the fabric line Enchanted by Sarah Filke.

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Peacock Alley  from A New Spin on Drunkard’s Path C&T Publishing – August 2016

This medallion quilt showcases the wonderful focus fabric print from the line.  Drunkard’s Path blocks here help form borders around the central medallion.  The outer border uses the Rail Fence Variation in the frame unit.  This is an easy way to give a complex look to the border by cutting the frame unit out of strip sets.

So, what fabric would you use if you created Tile Floor or Peacock Alley

Be sure and check out the other quilts in the book!

Millstones
Beach Balls
Checkerboard and Abstract
Test Pattern
Deco Blue
Bowties
Shaken not Stirred
What Would Happen If…?

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A New Spin – Millstones

Millstones is really a quick and easy quilt to make.

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Millstones from A New Spin on Drunkard’s Path  – C&T Publications – August 2016

I pulled a variety of small scale gray and cream prints/tonals from my stash for this very monochromatic quilt. You could easily swap out the grays for another color in various hues/values or event several different colors. The Fan Variation with a Corner Triangle oversized block make this quilt go together in no time.

Check out the other quilts in the book

Beach Balls
Checkerboard and Abstract
Test Pattern
Deco Blue
Bowties
Shaken not Stirred
What Would Happen If…?

 

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A New Spin – Beach Balls

Beach Balls is a fun and colorful quilt.

The Rail Fence variation is used for this quilt.  The fabrics by Patrick Lose for RJR fabrics were perfect for this quilt.  The bright playful colors were perfect for the balls and the cream colored fabrics were great in creating a sandy background

I quilted this with a combination of free-motion quilting and ruler work.  Different sized circles are quilted onto the cream background and then are divided and filled in with a combination of free-motion quilting and ruler work.

Each of the Beach Balls features a little be different quilting motif.

Great quilt for the beach or a picnic!  I would love to do this quilt layout with a darker background to make the colors pop.  Any thoughts on what you might do?

Don’t miss out on seeing some of the other quilts in the book

Checkerboard and Abstract
Test Pattern
Deco Blue
Bowties
Shaken not Stirred
What Would Happen If…?

 

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A New Spin – Checkerboard and Abstract

Today is a two-for-one day.  Both of these quilts feature Peppered Cottons by Pepper Cory for Studio e Fabrics.  She is partially to blame for my addiction to the Drunkard’s Path block – her book 65 Drunkard’s Path Quilt Designs was the first Drunkard’s Path design book I purchased – and it still finds a place of honor on my shelf.

The first is Checkerboard.

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A sixteen patch finds its way into the Drunkard’s Path block.  No you aren’t cutting all sorts of small curves and then piecing them together – see if you can figure out what I did – if you can’t, well guess you will have to wait for the book.

The second is Abstract.

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Abstract uses the Fan Variation in addition to the Sixteen-Patch variation.  Both of these blocks look HARD – but with my simple and innovative techniques they are really quite easy.

Again – I had a great fun quilting these two pieces – all with longarm rulers. I used Aurifil 40 weight thread to do the quilting. Checkerboard gave me the space and the grid to do some fun ruler work in the colored squares.  The background again let me have some fun with improv ruler work.

With Abstract through the quilting I was able to extend the sixteen-patch grid into the background space and also extend the circles.  Grids are formed and dissolve, arcs try to form circles but never quite succeed.

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Check out the other quilts in the book!

 

Test Pattern
Deco Blue
Bowties
Shaken not Stirred

What Would Happen If…

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