A while ago now I finished a quilt which I’ve been itching to show to you, and today is finally the day!
A few years ago, I made a cushion for Fat Quarterly magazine using Gardenvale fabrics. Trying to channel my inner Jen Kingwell (!) and with the theme being curves, I played around with Drunkards Path block, splitting the quarter circle with a curve and called it the Drunkards Wheel. I had lots of fun making the cushion, and playing with how the block could be tessellated in different ways to create new patterns but then…..life! It’s been in the back of my mind for a while now and earlier this year, I decided to pick it back up and Do Something With It.
I found a lovely UK based company who could make the templates for me – which makes the whole cutting process soooooo much easier! – and set about writing instructions, finding packaging and everything. It was quite confusing and exhausting at times!
The templates are a transparent blue to help you locate them on your desk (or maybe it’s just me that loses them?!) but still fussy-cut fabric if you desire. There are five pieces – the traditional Drunkards Path pieces, and the Drunkards Wheel sections as well as a little cut-out for making applique circles (these pieces can create fabulous flowers!). They come in a cardboard box – which will arrive with you in a cardboard envelope – so that you have somewhere to keep and store your templates together when they are not in use. The sets can be purchased in my Etsy shop here.
I really believe that everyone can sew curves – it seems scary, but I promise it’s really not! There are so many different techniques to try to find the ones that work best for you……before you know it, you’ll be sewing curves without thinking about it!
To help with this, I have included a number of tips to help you find what technique works best for you – there are so many and I would love to hear from anyone who has any others!
Within the instruction leaflet, I have included some of the different ways in which the templates can be arranged. I have also created a downloadable booklet with larger layouts so that you can plan which size quilt you would like to make and calculate fabric quantities.
If you would like to make your own Candy Swirls Quilt – or experiment with sewing curves – there is a special offer in Love Patchwork & Quilting Issue 64 for a discount on the template set, which you can buy here.
I’m looking forward to sharing more projects with you over the coming months, every time I sit down to play with the layout drawings I come up with lots of different patterns. It’s never ending!
And finally, I’ve been wondering if anyone would be interested in a sew along for the Drunkards Wheel? If there’s enough interest then I could look to put something together, although it probably wouldn’t be until September when the kids are back at school!
Today’s sky::: overcast, grey and raining. Yuk!