My first blog hop, YES! I’ve always wanted to participate in one, so imagine my excitement when John Kubiniec asked me to take part in his Blog Hop?! I have learned so much personally and professionally throughout this project, it definitely has made me a better quilter. So enjoy this Blog Hop and don’t forget the added bonus of entering in the giveaway posted at the conclusion of this post!
One of the many things I loved about doing this Blog Hop for John is that it has made me tackle and improve on one of my quilting skills. Many of my fellow readers know that curved piecing is not my forte. Stepping outside the box into curved piecing brings tiny beads of sweat to my forehead. Don’t we all have a tendency to delay doing things we aren’t confident in? Well that’s how this quilter feels about curved piecing. Although I have incorporated them into some of my designs, I definitely could step my game up a bit. That being said, John’s book, “A New Spin on Drunkard’s Path”, educates the reader on this component of quilting. John has paved the way for those “curved piecing challenged” individuals, like myself, by composing ALL 12 quilts illustrated in his book with variations of the Drunkard’s Path Block.
John imparts an amazing technique on how to execute the artistry of curved piecing. He has me so inspired that I may have to give his three pin method a whirl! But my love for quilting is where my passion dwells, therefore, I couldn’t wait to pursue some of that open space. It no secret that I use a three-step method for designing the quilting on all of my pieces. I definitely suffer from “spacial” issues… flashbacks of failing grades in HS geometry come to mind. In order to compensate for this mathematical disability I ensure that my quilts are evenly quilted, I do so by making sure everything is quilted. Just because I apply this into my method does not mean that you have to. By all means, if you passed HS geometry then make life simpler for yourself! If you are not a fan of heavily quilted tops, you may consider completing only steps 1 and 2 of the instructions below.
Which project to choose? It was so difficult, John presents many beautiful options, but Nightfall on page 44 spoke to me. It exhibited a large portion of open space which I found yelling “Lisa put your big girl pants on and get curved piecing!” So I did just that; now let the games begin!
Step one: Divide up the quilt. This will break the wide open space into more manageable spaces. I use echoed lines to accomplish the dividing… if you use the piecing in the quilt to help, it will minimize the marking that needs to be done. Start in the center of your quilt as that is the focal point.
Step two: Design for the open spaces…. when I look at all of the areas that I have created, I like to alternate where my design work is going to go. Design work is any of the motifs… feathers, ferns, flowers etc. As you can see, I like feathers…
Step three: This step is when I put in all of the fill work. If you do not like your quilts heavily quilted you can skip this part and have a cuddable…
Like I mentioned earlier, I am not proficient in the curved piecing department, but John’s 3 pin method had me intrigued. So listening to my inner voice I hiked up my big girl pants and gave it a try….
I created my own templates using the pattern John provided in his book.
Just as John advises I used only three pins…. I have to admit I was skeptical, only three pins? But any reservations quickly disappeared, I did it!!
Bottom line…this once “curved piece challenged” girl will be stepping outside the box a bit more often and including curved piecing in her designs. Trust me if I can execute this skill with more positivity and enjoyment you can too! Let John enlighten you and give you the ability to quilt peacefully!
Are you intrigued??? Well you can win a copy of John’s new book AND a set of the templates! Leave a comment, making sure you’re email address is included and I will pick a winner on Oct.8th!! Good Luck!
Make sure you check out all of the blog posts on the hop!
October 2, 2016
Carl Hentsch http://3dogdesignco.blogspot.com