This post is part of the Quilter’s Mixology Sew Along. To see schedule and full details, click here.
I was so pleased when Sara asked me to be a part of the sew along for A Quilter’s Mixology. I’m always inspired by the creative sewing projects that Angela shares on her blog, so I knew her book would be something special. My assigned project was the Medallion Baby Quilt, which I modified slightly by using a smaller sized block. The result is a colorful pillow cover that I absolutely adore.
Angela’s original quilt uses a single print for each circle of the medallion, featuring Denyse Schmidt’s beautiful Katie Jump Rope collection. I also think this quilt would look fabulous in all solids.
For my version, I thought it would be fun to shake things up a little bit with scrappy patchwork, just holding to a single color for each circle. It’s a little more abstract, but I think it works. These blocks are so perfect for fussy cutting, and it gave me the chance to show off some of my smallest Heather Ross scraps which I’ve been saving for a special occasion. I added a black and white dotted border around the edge of the pillow as a simple frame.
For backing, I used Heather Ross’s iconic Rapunzel print from Far, Far Away 2 which she’s made available in a different colorway through Spoonflower. I love that both the front and back of this pillow make a wonderful I-Spy game, perfect for my three little girls who love that sort of thing.
This pillow was only my second attempt at sewing curves, believe it or not. Though Angela lays out her favorite method for tackling curved piecing (one pin), she gives several different ways to attempt the process. After experimenting with all of them, I found that I had my best results with no pins. Working with blocks this small was a little challenging at times, but since they were all exactly the same, the project came together fairly quickly once I got past the cutting stage.
I was so impressed with how many completely different ways Angela was able to showcase the Drunkard’s Path quilt block. There’s a huge amount of variety in this book — from ultra modern designs to more traditional options in projects both small and big. You’re bound to find something in here to your taste no matter what your style. I also appreciate that while she’s very thorough in her teaching, Angela’s writing style is extremely practical and relaxed. She gives you all the details and then tells you to do what works best for you.
Now that I’ve had a taste of curved piecing, I’m not quite ready to stop. This Nine Patch Curves Quilt might just be calling my name…