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 – Test Pattern

With the Fourth of July around the corner I thought I would show you something that celebrates the summer.  While the quilt is titled Test Pattern (It reminds me of the test patterns that were used on the TV way back in …..) – but it also looks like Whirligigs spinning in the wind.

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Test Pattern from the book A New Spin On Drunkard’s Path – C&T Publications – August 2016

The  crisp white, and bright red and yellow fabrics are from American Made Brand solids from Clothworks.

I am playing some tricks with you on this quilt with the fabric placement.  This uses the Fan Variation, but here I used the background (white) fabric as part of the block – doing this makes the red blades float on the quilt.

Because of the motion created by the quilt block layout, I just had to have a lot of motion in the quilting.  This is done by what I call improv ruler work.  (More about that at another time!)

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If you look closely in the picture above you can see some of the seams that show how the white fabric is incorporated.  Take a look at the red blade on the upper left – then look at the white blade next to it – you can see the seam of the drunkard’s path block. It is sort of hard to see on the other blades because the quilting helps to camouflage the seam.

I hope you enjoy the quilt and enjoy the upcoming holiday weekend.

Are you wondering how those triangle blocks are formed? Well – it’s all in the book! (and it’s really easy – trust me – it is!)

Coming this August from

C&T Publications!

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Check out some other quilts from the book:

Deco Blue

Bowties

Shaken Not Stirred

What Would Happen If…?

 

 

 

 

A New Spin – Shaken Not Stirred

My book  A New Spin on the Drunkard’s Path releases in August.  Just to whet your appetites I would like to show you the individual projects. First up on that tour is Shaken Not Stirred.  

This quilt is my homage to the show Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts.  It was because of that show that I began to experiment with the Drunkard’s Path Block

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Shaken Not Stirred – 48” x 48”  Designed, pieced and quilted by John Kubiniec

This quilt features the Corner Triangle Variation of the Drunkard’s Path block and it is used to create both the central image as well as the borders.  This is a great beginner project from the book. Small in size – easy to manage.

In the borders the color placement in the block is the opposite as it was in the center motif. Here the red corner triangles merge with a red linear border to create an interesting frame for the entire quilt.   The book you features some other creative ways of using the Drunkard’s Path block and its variations in borders.

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Close-up of top border and quilting. Shaken Not Stirred – From A New Spin on Drunkard’s Path – C&T Publications 2016.

One of the features of the book is that each of the quilt patterns is presented in two other color-ways.  So if red and white is not your style, one of the other color-ways might be more to your liking or if it isn’t it will spur your imagination in designing your own color-way. What are they you ask – well I can’t give away everything here can I?

I pieced and quilted all of the quilts in the book.  In this quilt the red portions are quilted in a linear fashion with the aid of rulers on my longarm.  The white areas are quilted with a stipple, bubble wrap (my take on pebbles) and some melons. I used Quilters Dream wool batting and Aurifil 40 weight thread to do the quilting.

 

You might ask where does the title come from? Well, I had some help from friends in naming some of the quilts.  This quilt reminded my friend Teri Lucas of a martini shaker – hence the title.  Another aside about this quilt. I needed a twelfth project and I had hit the proverbial wall for designing.  I reached into my pile of class samples and pulled this one out.  It was small, it looked great so I quilted it up and added it to the mix.  As fate would have it the old adage “The last shall be first” came true.  The last quilt to the book became the cover image!  So, dig through those piles of UFOs in your collection – you might just find and old gem waiting to see the light of day!

To find out how this all got started read

What would happen if…?

Next up on the tour will be Bowties.   See how 1930 repros get switched up a bit!

A New Spin on the Drunkard’s Path  will be available in August from C&T Publishing.

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