A Drunkard's Path Quilt. I'd had this design floating in my head for some time, but just didn't know if I had it in me to tackle curved seams at this point in my life.
You see, my MIL has recently been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer (if you're a praying friend, please pray for her peace and comfort), and it's all been happening so fast. Less than two months from her initial appointment to being home on hospice..it's been devastatingly sad and still is if I'm being honest.. I wasn't even sure if I would finish this, but I managed it.. just in the nick of time. It ended up being the perfect stress relief. Sitting and listening to the machine hum while processing this new reality.
So about a month ago, when Daniar asked what I'd like my personalized banner to say, I told her this:
Little did I know how true this would turn out to be. Sewing up "Drunken Chevron" turned out to be great therapy for me. The technique is so easy. And NO curved seams!!! And did I mention NO CURVED SEAMS? ;)
I figured out a way to make it work for me. Perfect for when you just want to sit at the machine, listening to it zoom along and give your brain a break from stress. Which we've been experiencing in abundance lately. But enough about that for now..let me tell you how I made this without a curved seam in sight.
I used lots of Notting Hill fabrics, plus some other prints from my stash. (these colors make me happy! well..as happy as I can be right now anyway..) You will need (39) 10" squares (layer cake friendly), and approx. 1 1/4 yd. of the chevron fabric. Make sure it has plenty of contrast. I found that out the hard way the first time! Take three of the 10" squares and quarter them into 5" squares, and set them aside for assembly of the quilt top.
Here are the tools I used:
Yep, that's a 6 3/4" dessert plate, a frixion pen, and a glue stick. :) I didn't have any templates so just made do with what I had on hand. First, I traced and cut out (36) circles.
Then, to place them, I marked the centers of both the circle and the 10" square by first folding the circle in half..
..and then repeating with the 10" square. Make sure to fold and mark the circle with the wrong side out, and the square with the right side out.
Unfold them, and run the glue stick around the edge of the circle..
..and then applique into place (I used a zigzag stitch)..
..iron flat (frixion marks disappear!), and then pull the two layers of the circle apart up to the seam, separating the glued layers.
Make a snip in the back layer only, about a quarter inch from the stitching, making sure that you are only catching the back layer, and then cut out the back layer of the circle.
(You will have an array of colorful circles left at the end of this project for another project.) :)
When all (36) 10" squares are appliqued and trimmed, quarter them into 5" squares. (the block may be slightly less than 10" after applique, but if that's the case, don't worry, it shouldn't be too far off and will all work out.)
Mix and match the 5" (cheater) Drunkard's Path blocks and sew together into blocks like this (make 30):
Using two plain 5" squares that were set aside earlier, and six of the above blocks, sew together into five rows like this with the two plain squares at the bottom. (The direction of these rows will alternate in the final layout.)
Then make the left edge row and the right edge row like so:
It was a lot of fun to sew up, and it's super forgiving, b/c if your circles aren't exactly scientifically in the center, it's okay. There are no points to match really, they are drunken chevrons after all. ;) No templates, no brain-exploding math.. no complicated tools. Just a dessert plate, a glue stick and a zigzag stitch. Priceless therapy.
OH, and the FQS also had a list of questions that they wanted us to include and a free pattern link for you, so here goes:
1. How did you start quilting/sewing?
My grandmothers quilted, but my mom taught me to sew when I was younger. She used to sew clothes. Then I took a sewing class in high school.
2. When was the first time you knew that you were a quilter/sewer?
When I made a skirt and a lined jacket in high school--quilting came later.
3. Do you have any sewing/quilting horror stories/faux pas?
Too many to list. :) My worst quilting story is my run-in with the rotary cutter and a huge gash in my finger. :/
4. What advice to you have for someone who is just starting out sewing/quilting?
Make what you love and never give up!
Also, they have very generously offered to give one of my readers a layer cake of Moonlight Manor:
Just leave me a comment to be entered. I will pick the winner on October 1st. :)