Flower Path Quilt Sew-Along

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We’re excited about Ellen Luckett Baker’s latest book 1, 2, 3 Quilt, available September 10 from Chronicle Books. Ellen shows you how to create 24 projects with her “building-block” quilting method and the book is organized by quilting shape (circles! hexagons!), helping you build your own quilt design skills as you sew. We can’t wait to start in on our own Argyle Apron, Star Quilt, Hexagon Handbag and more.

Ellen is the author of 1, 2, 3 Sew (perfect for both beginning and intermediate sewists), and she is a fabric designer for the Japanese company Kokka. You probably also know Ellen from The Long Thread, her popular blog with a focus on crafts, sewing and kids.

We’re celebrating the release of 1, 2, 3 Quilt with Ellen and a Flower Path Quilt Sew-Along, a variation on a Drunkard’s Path. Today Ellen shows you how make the quarter-circles for the quilt, and next week she’ll be back with instructions for finishing the 12″ blocks! You can join in any time and we’d love to see your progress. Share links in the comments. You can also pull our Flower Path Sew-Along button to use on your blog if you’d like. Here’s the URL: http://www.sewmamasew.com/blog2/september2013/FlowerPathButton.jpg

Ellen is giving away a copy of 1, 2, 3 Quilt! Tell us if you’re sewing along, how much you love 1, 2, 3 Sew, how you already have your hands on your pre-ordered copy of 1, 2, 3 Quilt… Tell us what you love about The Long Thread and Ellen. Just let us know you’re there! We’ll select a winner after the final sew-along post. (U.S. winners only for this one. Thanks!)

Flower Path Quilt Block

Let’s make a quilt! I’ll be posting the steps to make my Flower Path Quilt, a variation on a Drunkard’s Path. Here, I’ve made four 12″ blocks and joined them together so you can see how the quilt will take shape.

When finished, the quilt will have nine of these four-block segments for a finished size of seventy-two inches. I hope you’ll join me in this sew-along!

In my new book, 1, 2, 3 Quilt, I explore shapes as the basic element of all quilt designs. The chapters are divided by shape and include squares, rectangles, triangles, hexagons, circles, flowers, stars and diamonds. Within each chapter, you’ll find three projects for you to build your quilting skills as you work through them, with each chapter ending in a quilt. There are patchwork and quilted projects like tote bags, placemats, pillows, and coasters, so you’ll have a variety of things to sew. I designed this book both for those who are new to quilting and those more experienced quilters who might like to take on a new challenge. Throughout the book are how-to sections that explain different techniques, including one-seam flying geese, foundation paper piecing, half-square triangles, and needle-turn appliqué, among others.

In the circles chapter of my book, there is a simple coasters project that will just introduce you to sewing around curves, followed by a clamshell pillow sham which will help you perfect curved patchwork, and finally a quilt that uses a freezer paper technique to make perfect circles, which are machine appliquéd to the quilt in a clustered design. But I didn’t have time or space to explore other circle techniques used in quilting and I have always loved the Drunkard’s Path design, so I decided to try a variation on that pattern for this sew-along. You can see the basic block below, but first we’ll get started sewing the quarter-circles that make up the quilt.

If you are new to quilting you will soon discover that there are as many methods as there are quilters, so I always recommend trying different approaches to find out what works best for you. When I make quarter-circles, I use lots of pins, which I find gives my curves more accuracy, but it’s definitely not the fastest method. Some people like to glue the pieces together, while others simply stitch and pull the fabric pieces together as they sew. You can find many helpful videos on YouTube that explain both of those other methods. But I’m sticking with pins for now! Here, I’ve used various patterned and solid scraps on a solid linen-blend background, so it’s a great way to use your bits and pieces.

Supplies for the Flower Path Quilt:

  • Fabric scraps for the circles and triangles (must be at least 6 1/2″ wide)
  • 3 yards background fabric
  • 5 yards backing and binding fabric
  • Pattern pieces
  • Matching thread
  • Basic quilting supplies (rotary cutter and mat, quilter’s square ruler)

1. First, print out the pattern pieces and transfer to template plastic, cardboard or cardstock so that you can re-use it. CUT 144 quarter-circles (pie) from the patterned and solid scraps and 144 L-shaped pieces (pie crust) from the background fabric.

2. With one piece in each shape, FOLD in half to make a crease.

3. Align the two pieces at the creases, right sides facing as shown, and PIN at the center.

4. AND PIN around until you have pinned the fabric around the curve, using 8-10 pins to hold the fabric in place.

5. Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, STITCH along the edge, removing the pins as you sew. You do not need to backstitch at the beginning and end because you will be connecting these pieces to other blocks, which will lock the stitching in place.

6. On the wrong side of the fabric, PRESS the seam outward towards the corner of the background fabric. Then flip the piece over and press on the right side of the fabric, making sure that your curve is smooth.

7. Next, SQUARE up the blocks using the 6 1/2″ quilters square, trimming any excess fabric.

8. REPEAT until you have made 144 quarter-circles.

Quick Tip: Use an assembly line method to speed up the process. Cut, pin, stitch, press and trim groups of blocks at the same time.

Here you can see a digital sketch of the finished quilt. This also gives you an idea what the quilt might look like in a two-color version, which I really like. It might be fun to try in red and white or neons on a gray background. So many possibilities!

I’ll be back next week to show you how to finish the 12″ block to make the full Flower Path Quilt. Happy Sewing!

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125 Responses to Flower Path Quilt Sew-Along

  1. Liz says:

    Love this!! Cannot wait to check out the book!! It’s exactly what this beginning yet adventurous quilter needs!

  2. Laurie says:

    simply amazing! would love to win the new book!

  3. Robyn says:

    I would love to win this book, the projects look amazing!

  4. I might be commenting again, I can’t remember if I did it already! I really badly want this book. And to learn how to sew a curved piece quilt. But mostly I want to get my sewing groove back since it upped and left a couple of months ago and I’m pretty sure this book could do it!

  5. Krystal says:

    Wonderful!! Thank you!!

  6. Krystal says:

    Looks great!! I can’t wait to try it!!

  7. Amy Davis King says:

    Love this pattern! This new book looks great!

  8. Danielle says:

    Thanks for the clear tutorial. I have a fascination for circles, so I will probably try this. (After all it is a great way to showcase all thise great prints I’ve been hoarding!)

  9. Sharon says:

    I LOVE this quilt pattern …. I’m going out tomorrow to buy my fabric! Can’t wait to get started!

  10. Kathleen says:

    Would love to win this book. I have a set of drunkards path rulers. Wonder if those would work for this quilt?

  11. BFromM says:

    This book looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for the tutorial — I really like the quilt.

  12. Amy says:

    This quilt is amazing! 1,2,3 Quilt looks like a great book!

  13. Janet says:

    Love the modern setting for this old block. I am also a fan of linen or linen weave fabrics. Makes a great background.

  14. Carmen says:

    What a fun design!

  15. Kellye A says:

    Oooh I want a copy! It looks amazing!!

  16. Jamie says:

    How generous of Ellen to include the step by step tutorial of this fabulous block! I love the modern approach to an old stand by! The book has to be fabulous. Would love to see more and it would certainly be a great resource to learn from.

  17. Rachel says:

    I have been thinking for a while that some kind of circle pattern would be a great way to use up my reds and yellows together. I think I will try this quilt top!

  18. Love this!

  19. Susan says:

    This looks like it would be fun to make. Would love to win the book.

  20. carolaj says:

    I just love circles in quilts. Can’t wait to add the triangle to the circle

  21. Jessica says:

    I love this quilt! I look forward to seeing the rest of the book!

  22. Vicki B. says:

    I’ve got to get back into the swing of things. This book makes me want to start quilting again!

  23. Suzanne says:

    I can see the circles already in a variety of black and white prints on….hmmm something bright. Thanks for the entry.

  24. PatriciaFaye says:

    Love this quilt & thank you for the tutorial & book giveaway. I’d love to win it!

  25. This block is awesome — would love to see what else she has up her sleeve 🙂

  26. Janis Doucette says:

    I rarely follow patterns but this is about to change! Looking forward to this book!

  27. Janis says:

    I rarely follow patterns but it looks like I’m about to! Looking forward to this book and the tutorial!

  28. Mary says:

    The book looks fabulous! Thanks

  29. Hong says:

    Hi, love the grey background. I am fall in love with this patern. It looks so cute.

  30. Mary Malone says:

    I love this quilt. Can’t wait to try the book. Thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win.

    Mary Malone

  31. She’s a creative lady. Thanks for offering this giveaway.

  32. Shirley pearce says:

    Circle-wow! I can’t wait to try them-love to win your book.

  33. Suzanne says:

    Ellen is so talented! I’m happy to see her posting here and sharing her tutorials.

  34. Mary Jo says:

    I have always wanted to try this block. Great instructions, pretty quilt , now is the time. Thanks for the chance to win the book.

  35. Mary says:

    I can’t wait to try this. 1 2 3 Sew looks awesome. A great way to improve skills.

  36. Robyn says:

    What a gorgeous quilt! I can’t wait to see the other quilts in this book!

  37. laura says:

    I just started piecing curves, so this is just perfect for me. Thank you

  38. beth lehman says:

    i have never tried any curved piecing, but i love the look of this. so excited about this book!

  39. Kamala says:

    Would love to,win the book and work on the projects

  40. Kath says:

    What an eyecatching quilt! Its on my ever-growing list of things to do before baby no# 4 arrives. Thank you for the tutorial.

  41. Lyndalee says:

    I love this pattern. I’ve started it to give to and to cheer up a very sick friend. I especially like Ellen’s use of the colors with the grey background. I would love her book.

  42. Mary says:

    Great sewalong, would love to win the book!

  43. Bruinbr says:

    LOVE this quilt and how cute does this book look!? I have loved each of Ellen’s fabric lines and I may be hoarding those ladybugs from her Stamped line 😉

  44. Melissa Vink says:

    Curves definitely make me nervous! Thanks for the sew along! This book would be an awesome resource!

  45. Ledys says:

    So excited about this book! I love 1-2-3 Sew, and I can’t wait to own this one, too. Thanks for such an awesome giveaway!

  46. Jayne says:

    Love this quilt and love to learn new techniques!

  47. Ann says:

    Such a clever block – makes we want to see what she created for the book!

  48. Lisa says:

    This looks great! I’d love to win and give the book a try. Thanks for the giveaway.

  49. melissa q. says:

    Oh my. I wonder if I could use a circle cutter to make my circles? Would that be easier or just a hassle? Hmm. Pinning those cirles to the curve is so intimidating and hard to stitch. But, I love this look, I think I”m still going to have to go for it.

  50. Ana says:

    I need to try everything in this book 🙂

  51. Ana says:

    I’d love to earn this book and learn everything 🙂

  52. Margie says:

    Curved pieces seem so scary …. Maybe a pillow is in my future.

  53. Lisa McGriff says:

    What an awesome block. This will be beautiful in a whole quilt. Thanks for the chance to win!

  54. Betsy says:

    Very interesting quilt and designer. Thank you for the chance

  55. Mom C says:

    Just finishing a QAL, have several need to make quilts with deadlines before I dare join in but I love the pattern and the instructions. This is on my to do list for sure. Thanks.

  56. Erin says:

    Thanks for the sew along and the opportunity to win!

  57. Emily says:

    I am following along but don’t have time to sew along now. I would love a copy of the book!

  58. L says:

    Love all the Kokka designers!

  59. Anya says:

    I love all the fabrics on The Long Thread’s site. And thanks for the chance..the book looks great!

  60. Sara says:

    Great quilt design! I think it’s time for circles!

  61. melanie c says:

    I would love to win this book! I want to make both the mug rugs and quilt on the cover!

  62. Heidi says:

    I’m not going to lie, curves still scare me! But, I’d love to be inspired with the book!

  63. mjb says:

    Such a pretty quilt! I appreciate seeing the black and white graphical version too to picture what it would look like with solids.

  64. Rachel says:

    I would love to own that book!

  65. swoo says:

    I am excited to try and sew curves. Thanks. This book looks great!

  66. Jennifer says:

    I’ve been a fan of The Long Thread for a very long time – so excited to get my hands on a copy of the new book!

  67. Jen V says:

    This looks daunting! The result is wonderful though.

  68. Rebeckah says:

    How fun!

  69. Nicole S. says:

    Love everything about this quilt and book! Can’t wait to see what other projects are inside! Thanks for the chance to win!

  70. darci says:

    love her first book, love her fabrics, love the idea of these quarter circles in a quilt, but i am scared to death to try them!

  71. Kristin says:

    I’ve only made three quilts so far (one queen-sized and two baby ones) and they were very simple designs, but I’d love to get into slightly more complicated quilting. This looks like a great book to help with that! Thanks for the giveaway.

  72. Salma says:

    I only recently picked up quilting and I have to say my favorite thing is english paper piecing! I thought I would never like quilting because of all the small bits of fabric but it’s such a zen activity I’m hooked! I’d love to make some of the projects in this book!

  73. Sharla B says:

    I love circles – I recently found out how easy they are – they look scary but once you know how to do them – you wont stop making them – I would love this book.

  74. leila says:

    Only recently discovered Ellen Luckett Baker and her Folk Modern line, and it’s perfect. Following along on instagram, and I’m going to make sure my library has a copy of 1-2-3 Quilt!

  75. Toni says:

    I’ve always wanted to do something “different” with drunkard’s path blocks and you’ve given me inspiration as I’m sure you’re book will be inspiring.

  76. Julia says:

    Just finished my first 16 blocks!!! Love the pattern and would love the book!

  77. Kate says:

    This book looks wonderful. I may not be sewing along, but I will be following along.

  78. Audrey says:

    Thanks for the sew along! Can’t wait to start. AND to go get a copy of the book!

  79. Deborah says:

    Ooooohhhh thank you so much for the chance to win this book and for the tutorial as well.

  80. Shirley says:

    I have always wanted to try circles but have been intimidated, your method makes it seem workable. I have printed out the pattern and my husband is helping me with a plastic template. I am starting this after noon. Very excited! Shirley

  81. Dianna Wilson says:

    Enjoyed the tutorial! Looking forward to next week’s lesson. Would love the book!

  82. Carmen says:

    I love that tote bag on the front cover!

  83. Rozina D. says:

    I love her first book and am very excited to see this one! Thanks for the sewalong!

  84. Wendy says:

    This is the first I’ve heard of this book but it looks great!

  85. Stephanie says:

    This book sounds fabulous!! As a beginning quilter and a slightly more experienced sewist, it sounds like the combination of both worlds in a way I’d really love! I’m lookin forward to next week’s post. 🙂

  86. shawn says:

    I would love to win, the book sounds great.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

  87. Jane S. says:

    Sept. 10 isn’t going to get here soon enough for me! 1,2,3 Quilts is on my “wish list” at Amazon.com and I am so looking forward to it. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book. 🙂

  88. Rebecca T says:

    Love this book!

  89. Rebecca T says:

    Oh my goodness! What a great looking book — I’d love a copy to gift to my mom. She taught me to sew and now I’m teaching her to machine piece and quilt.

  90. Patti says:

    I love 1-2-3 Sew and I can’t wait to try 1-2-3 Quilt! I’m excited about this sew along, I’ve wanted to try curved piecing but I’ve been feeling intimidated…now I feel confidant enough to try it! Thanks for a great sew along and a great giveaway!

  91. Carolyn says:

    I’m definitely adding both books to my wishlist! I want to improve my sewing and quilting skills.

  92. Lucy Hedrick says:

    This is a GORGEOUS pattern. My mom would love one for Christmas, in nice bright greens! I’ve been scared to try curved seams for a while but this is just too cute. I think I’ll have to tackle them now 🙂

    looking to expand my bookshelf

  93. Barbara says:

    Very unique, and that is what quilters like. I new take on an old pattern. You did a wonderful job. babscorbitt@ gmail dot com

  94. Thanks for the sew along and I am putting that book on my wishlist for Christmas 🙂

  95. Annette J. says:

    Hi, I just found this sew- along! I would love to win the book! It has a lot of fun (and challenging) things in it! The coasters look like great gifts and I love the circles everywhere! I think I am going to try and make four blocks (one flower) first to see if I can even get the circle parts to come out right before I commit to an entire quilt. It sure looks like fun though!

  96. Rachel B says:

    I’m out here and I am already printing the pattern and hoping to quilt along even tho I am in the middle of Christmas projects. I really love the ingenious pattern and layout.

  97. Judy says:

    I like the concept of this book that by working through each project you are adding to the skills you learned in the previous project.

  98. jeny says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for posting, so inspiring!

  99. Charlotte says:

    What a pretty quilt. The book looks great. I love a book with small projects as well as quilts. Thanks

  100. debbie jackson says:

    I love the ways Ellen combines her fabrics and her easy to follow techniques.
    mrsrodjac at hotmail dot com

  101. Buffy says:

    I would love this book! I really want to make the coasters:)

  102. Merry P says:

    The circles are so cute! I always want to do circles but not sure how to do it. Thanks for the tutorial.

  103. Sherrye says:

    What an amazing concept for a book! Can’t wait to see it. And I LOVE the lone star bag on the cover. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  104. would love to have that book

  105. S Carpenter says:

    I’m really excited about the book. I’ve just gotten back into quilting, and I’m so interested in all the different shapes you can use and make!

    Sussing out curved piecing is my next challenge for myself, so i’m really looking forward to doing this project!

  106. Laura B says:

    This looks like a great book. I can’t wait to try this block. Thanks

  107. April Campbell says:

    I am finally at the point where I feel “ready” to try curves! I plan to try this block. The Long Thread is a great blog, btw! Thanks for a chane at the book and also for the block tutorial!

  108. Kat Scott says:

    Love the idea of a book organized by shapes! This looks like a lot of fun…. will be trying the sew along. Thanks for sharing your expertise.

  109. Karen W. says:

    I love this block and the layout. Can’t wait to try it and all the other neat patterns in the book!

  110. Dot says:

    I just picked up a drunkard’s path ruler but haven’t tried it yet. Thanks for the sew along. I would love to have the book.

  111. Linda says:

    HELLO, curves are a little more difficult,but I’d like to give this a try!
    Thanks for your blog+this neat giveaway!

  112. Allison C says:

    I’m a fan of Ellen’s blog and cant wait to check out this book!

  113. SS says:

    I love the look of the 2-color version, but I’m intimidated by those circles!

  114. Sarah AJ says:

    The bag on the book cover is amazing!

  115. Lisa McGriff says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! Got some of these blocks in my future!

  116. Thanks! I see I will have to track down some backing fabric in the very near future!

  117. Anya King says:

    I love this block. It is wonderful. I can’t wait to see the book!

  118. Jessica W says:

    So Beautiful

  119. elsa says:

    I just did something with curves ~ I was sure I wouldn’t be able to do but I did!!! I’d love to join the sew along and a copy of the book too!

  120. Karen A says:

    This quilt is great. I love how you put the triangle in the center. It gives a modern edge to a pattern that has been around a long time. Well done!

  121. Carrie says:

    I like the grey background on this quilt – really makes the flowers pop.

  122. Charity says:

    Oh I love this quilt! What fabrics are used here?

  123. Hello. I’ve not been sewing along but that looks like a nice book full of great projects!

  124. Baye says:

    Curved piecing always kinda scared me, but I like this block enough to give it a try. Off to see if I can get that book on Amazon!

  125. Whitney says:

    Awesome! Thanks for the sew along! The book is going on my “must have” list!!

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