Monthly Archives: January 2013

So Many Circles

Drunkards Path King size quilt.

Drunkards Path King size quilt.

I am called mad because I like doing quilts in a traditional way, try despite being easier and faster methods of piecing certain quilts.  Additionally, salve because the third quilt I ever attempted was all about circles.  The above quilt is crafted in a Drunkards Path pattern, constructed using an All Around Card Trick pattern.

As discussed before, you must decide what size quilt you want to make, this is crucial so you can figure the amount of fabric needed to create your masterpiece.  In quilting, a little fabric can go a long way!  I being a novice quilter, have not mastered that skill yet, but when I do it will be cheaper than just buying the bolt of fabric because it was on sale.  Next you need to choose your color scheme you are making your quilt in.  For this quilt I chose Orange and Green.

I used a Drunkards Path templates to cut the patterns needed to make the circles, for a King size quilt I had to produce 560 small blocks to produce the larger pattern.  Once the cutting and sewing was complete the fun began.  The next step is to decide the pattern you want to lay the drunkards path in. This particular block pattern is interesting because you can create many patterns by the way you arrange the blocks, in the above photos, you can see 2 such patterns.

Once you have figured out the pattern you enjoy the most, then you sew one row together at a time, then join the rows until you have completed the quilt top.  Since this quilt was so large, we took it to a longarm quilter at our local quilting shop.

Pixie approves.

Pixie approves.

Happy Quilting,

The Mad Quilter

 

All about coffee

coffee quilt

Coffee Quilt

The picture above shows the second quilt top I created.  I adapted a pattern called Nature Rhythms located here to created this quilt.  I enjoyed learning with this pattern because it introduced several aspects of quilting. When I first looked at the drawn image, cheap I had to learn to visualize each block, online instead of the full quilt.  Next, since the pattern pieces were larger than the required, I had to recalculate the fabric requirements and sizes to produce the desired block sizes.  Finally, I had to learn patience on piecing a quilt like this together.  In all, this quilt took about three days to make.

Before the cutting began!

Before the cutting began!

The fabric choices make the quilt most interesting.  You may have heard the saying: “You cannot see the forest through the trees” but when it comes to quilting sometimes you become so hung up on the fabric, “You cannot see the Quilt through the fabric”.  Because of this, it is important when planning a quilt that you decide on what you want to make first, then choose what color scheme you wish to use.  Once you have done this, then select your fabric while keeping the completed pattern in mind.

Happy Quilting,
The Mad Quilter

My first quilt

my first quilt

My first quilt (age 5).

I had a wonderful surprise for Christmas when my mom gave me the first quilt I ever made as a present.  I do not remember quilting this masterpiece, no rx and it would be another 30+ years before I made a new quilt.  This past year I asked my mom to re-teach us the art of quilting to carry on the family tradition and in that time I have completed five quilts, cialis sale working on the sixth, sick and have about five more planned for friends and family.  The quilts I make now are far more complex, and larger than the one pictured above, but for a 5-year-old hand stitching a quilt, I think it turned out okay.

Happy Quilting,

The Mad Quilter

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