My Favorite Quilt: Angela Pingel of Cut to Pieces

on June 21 | in Featured Creativity, Sewing Inspiration | by | with 31 Comments

Jessica Skultety from Quilty Habit curated our My Favorite Quilt series! Visit for a new quilt every day, and join the fun with your own link.

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.

We’re offering up a copy of A Quilter’s Mixology! (U.S. addresses only this time, please.) Comment on this post for a chance to win.

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?
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  • If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
  • Where is the quilt now?

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31 Responses to My Favorite Quilt: Angela Pingel of Cut to Pieces

  1. Michelle says:

    Such a beautiful quilt! I’d love to make one like this. And the quilting is extraordinary!

  2. Karen B says:

    This is beautiful. Now I think I need to make one of my own. I love that background fabric with the birds.

  3. Tina C. says:

    That is one awesome quilt.

  4. Laura says:

    I love your butterfly quilt! I’m still really intimidated by curved piecing but that is a quilt I know my mom would love so I might have to try it out.

  5. S. I. says:

    Wow i love it! I always prefer patchwork quilts for their vintage look, but this one is a definite exception!

  6. Beth says:

    Gorgeous quilt. I am a garment seamstress, but would love to try my hand at quilts someday.

  7. Sarah says:

    I really want this book.

  8. Tiffany says:

    This quilt is really gorgeous, just like the rest of the quilts in the book. Angela should be very proud.

  9. Lindsay says:

    If sure love to win this book!

  10. Debbie says:

    Beautiful quilting.

  11. Judy in OR says:

    The butterfly quilt is beautiful!

  12. Jinger says:

    How incredibly beautiful! I would love to be able to get to this level of quilting.

  13. diane says:

    Love this butterfly quilt! Angela is so talented. I’m so excited about her book, and I’m loving the favorite quilt posts!

  14. Angie K says:

    I love this quilt. The background fabric is really beautiful.

  15. Linda C. says:

    I would love this book to add to my expertise and to use with my quilting students.

  16. ang says:

    Rockin book guys!!

  17. Marcia R says:

    I’m very excited about this book! The quilts are all so unique and beautiful!

  18. Melissa B says:

    This looks like so much fun! I haven’t tried curved piecing yet and this would be just the thing to get me started.

  19. Cindy Pilkington says:

    I just absolutely love the look of this quilt! It’s so whimsical and fresh! I would love to try my hand at this one! Pick me for the book! ????

  20. Jessie Hansen says:

    I still have yet to try any curved piecing, but there is a lot in the quilting world I’ve yet to try so I don’t know if this is on my short list or my long list.

  21. Penny Kitzmiller says:

    This is a very lovely quilt. I am inspired to try and make something of the sort. Your fabrics are truly what makes it grand. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  22. Sondra says:

    This is a really beautiful quilt. The book looks amazing.

  23. D. Meredith says:

    Can’t believe I’m the first to comment! Anyway, this book has been on my wishlist as I love curved piecing. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  24. SS in NH says:

    Very pretty! I’m totally intimidated by sewing curves.

  25. Susan says:

    I’ve only done a few things with curved edges and don’t really remember it being particularly difficult. This book looks great-would be nice to do one of the projects!

  26. LINDA says:

    HI, this book looks so interesting>would love to sin it!
    Thank You !

  27. Cindy Dahlgren says:

    I absolutely love the quilting on this quilt. It’s absolutely gorgeous, as is the quilt.

  28. Sarah says:

    This looks like a great resource! I would love to give this quilt a try in ladybugs (one of my little one’s favorites!). Thanks for sharing!

  29. Kristine says:

    I’ve done a tiny bit of curved piecing, and I want to do more. Love the overall effect of this quilt. The piecing, design, and quilting work beautifully together.

  30. Nathalie says:

    This is gorgeous! I’ve been really enjoying the favorite quilt series. 🙂

  31. Melanie C says:

    Love your butterfly quilt! Your new book looks amazing!

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