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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What would happen if…?

In March of 2011 Joanna Rose and the American Folk Art Museum teamed up to present the landmark show Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC

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I was living there at the time and volunteered during the show and spent a lot of non-volunteer time there.  I gazed in amazement at all the quilts – all in Red and White.

I was struck by both the utter simplicity and grand complexity that two color quilts could create.

 

One day  I was chatting with some friends and we gazed upward at one quilt and wondered if the circles were appliquéd or if they were pieced.  Thanks to the zoom on my camera I was able to figure out that indeed they were pieced and were a variation of the Drunkard’s Path block.

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The quilt was so graphic and so simple. My mind began to ask the question: What could I do to change this block a bit? (You see, I can’t leave anything as it is – whether it is a recipe, my garden plantings or a quilt block!)  I awoke at 3 am with the idea of adding a half-square triangle to the corner of the block.

 

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I sketched it out (if I didn’t I know I wouldn’t remember when I woke up for real) and went back to bed.  The next day I played around in Electric Quilt and this block was born. Yes, I thought I had created something new, but as someone once said “If you think you created something new – well, you just haven’t looked hard enough”.  And true – this variation was done by others in years gone by.

This block turned into my own Red and White quilt Infinite Possibilities which appeared in the March/April 2013 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

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Photo courtesy of McCall’s Quilting

My obsession with this block continued resulting in more variations for piecing and setting it.  I love teaching this technique and students soon learn that curved piecing should not be feared and they soon get hooked!

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All this FUN has resulted in my new book A New Spin on Drunkard’s Path  which will be released by C&T Publications this August.

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Twelve projects – each with a slightly different take on this block!  Stay tuned for a peek at all twelve projects!  But be forewarned – you might discover a new quilt block obsession!

 

Lessons in Red and White – Part 1

It has been 9 months since the Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts show hit NYC (March 25 – 30, 2011). It was an event not to be missed. I had the opportunity to visit the show 4 times over the 6 days the show ran. The first glimpse of the room on that opening day was like opening a lifetimes worth of birthday, Christmas, and graduation presents all at once.
View as the doors were opened for the start of the show.

I spent hours there looking at the quilts and the quilting that comprised the quilts.  It made me reflect a bit on my quilting journey and were we are in quilting today.
What struck me was the bold power and bold simplicity of these two colors. It made the geometry of the block patterns stand – in an energizing way.  It drew me back to the simplicity (and complexity) of the Amish quilts with their use of solid colors and simple block patterns.
Many of the fabrics we have to work with today are ablaze with color and pattern – big bold patterns, big bold colors. But at this show – it was only Solid Red (if there was a print it was a very small print) and Solid White (I think it is safe to say – no prints).  A bold contrast in value, a great statement of simplicity and clean lines. So,  I recently sat back to reflect on how this show is changing and has changed how I approach my quilting.
  • I am looking at how I can create quilts from single block patterns
  • I am looking at how I can create dynamic quilts from only two colors, or ranges of value in two colors. And yes – working in solids.
  • Re-thinking how I approach my quilting – re-discovering the simplicity and complexity of grid and straight line quilting.
  • Discovering a desire to take up hand quilting – to find a small project that I can carry with me and work on. Not so much to re-discover an art form – but to help me “slow down” in this fast paced world, and to learn to enjoy the process as well as the product.
Now a question for all of you that either were at the show or have seen pictures of the show – how has your thinking about quilting – what and how you quilt been influenced in any way because of the show?
To view more pictures from the Infinite Variety show – visit my Flickr Page.