Today’s featured quilt is from Angela Pingel, author of A Quilter’s Mixology (Interweave / F+W).
About the book, from the publisher:
- Curved piecing scares people. Many quilters see it fussy and difficult, and fake it or even avoid it altogether. Yet like many techniques it’s not nearly as difficult as it appears, and Angela Pingel offers an introduction to curved piecing via one simple block—Drunkard’s Path. The block itself is made up of units that are a simple quarter circle in a square. These units can be put together in various patterns that look absolutely different in every combination. Drunkard’s Path can create a sinuous staggering line like its namesake, or curved motifs that form teardrops, arabesques, flowers, and other discrete shapes.
The book starts with the basics of curved piecing and then Angela offers up a variety of patterns. Many are full-size quilts, but there are some smaller patterns as well, such as baby quilts, pillows, and a table runner.
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Angela Pingel from Cut to Pieces is a self-taught quilter who has been sewing for over 20 years. I have really enjoyed her quilt-a-longs and fabric folding tutorial! Angela recently published her first book, A Quilter’s Mixology, on curved piecing with the drunkard’s path 1/4 circle block. She won the Moda Bakeshop Sliced Competition and has been featured in many books and magazines, including 101 Patchwork Projects and Modern Patchwork. You will surely fall in love with her take on butterflies…
Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
My favorite quilt is my Butterflies Quilt that I made in the last year or so for my book, A Quilter’s Mixology. It is everything that I want in a quilt. It has careful piecing, beautiful colors, a whimsical design and fabulous quilting. The main background fabric is a lovely bird print by Birch fabrics. They no longer carry that particular color but they do have it in others and may bring it back. The butterflies themselves were a mix of great bold prints from some of my favorite designers… But really any favorite fabrics would do.
Have you shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?
It has not been at any quilt shows or contests but I did finally get to recently show it someone other than my husband at Quilt Market during my schoolhouse event. Plus, you can find the pattern for it in my book, as I mentioned.
What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?
This quilt would not be what it is without the INCREDIBLE quilting by fabulous long arm quilter, Krista Withers. She and I have collaborated on a few quilts now because I can’t resist her ability to turn a quilt into a work of art. I think we were both especially fond of the quilt design on this one and that made it easy for her to work her magic on her end. I’m never letting this quilt go, let me tell you!
What do you like best about the quilt?
Am I allowed to say everything?! Because I really do love so very much about it. I planned through every detail from the exact placement of three different size butterflies, to the fabrics, to the quilting concept. I especially love that I haven’t seen anything like it before and am particularly proud of that.
How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
I think the act of collaborating with a long arm quilter who lives on the other side of the country from you is quite an experience. I learned how to let her know what I wanted and also how to let her have the freedom to create. In the end, it is a better quilt because of that.
If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
Oh, I wouldn’t do much different. I think I would make it in different fabrics… Perhaps a night sky? That sounds beautiful. I also have options for making this quilt as ladybugs or bumblebees rather than butterflies.
Where is the quilt now?
It is finally home with me! But I may take it on more travels with me. It was just in Pittsburg after all and it’s been to Colorado. It may end up more well-traveled than me!
Would you like to add anything?
Creating this quilt was truly a joy. You know you have a good design on your hands when you literally love every aspect of the creation. From the concept to reality, I was pleased at each step along the way. That’s pretty rare for me honestly. I usually have a moment of hate or at the very least, doubt, when I am working on a quilt. But not with this one.
Tell Us About Your Favorite Quilt
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- Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
- Have your shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?
- What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?
- What do you like best about the quilt?
- How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
- If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
- Where is the quilt now?
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