Tuesday, 16 October 2018

CHEATIN' DRUNK QUILT TUTORIAL


This little beauty is called "Cheatin' Drunk" because you are getting all of the effect and more of a Drunkard's Path block WITHOUT SEWING ANY CURVES.   Woohoo people!

With the popularity of the Drunkard's Path quilt and curved piecing, here's a super tutorial for all of you who love that look, but prefer not to sew curves.

Start with an amazing medallion print to achieve this spectacular result. 







 Pick out a fantastic medallian print and some coordinating fabrics.   
The fabric I chose had a matching border print that worked perfectly for my quilt.   


Cut out the medallions into even squares.   

At this stage you will have a full circle print (sorry, I forgot to get a photo)
Do your best to centre the medallion as prints like these are often a bit wonky.   

Cut the medallions into even quadrants. 

 Add sashing to the 2 'curved' edges of the medallion quadrant, 
bringing it up to the desired size of your block.  

Square it up.  

 You will notice on my quilt that some of my blocks were sashed in brown 
and others in the black print.  

This was a super fabric destash. 


 Layout your blocks into your favorite Drunkard's Path pattern.  



Add outer borders as desired.   




This is the most incredible curved quilt sewing only straight seams (happy dance)!

 

I hope you love working on this as much as I did.  Today I have it on the pinning table.   

Please watch my INSTAGRAM page for photos of the finished quilt.  

Thanks for reading! Melanie

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Comfy College T-Shirt Cushion

Finished Cushion 
24" x 24"


MATERIALS:




CUTTING:



SEWING: 
 





TA DA! 

 



 ...and there is a quilt to go with it!
http://quiltersenjoycolor.blogspot.com/2016/01/san-tan-valley-sunset.html





Friday, 27 July 2018

THE FELTED PURSE - FELTING PROCESS

Yesterday I taught a fantastic class for the Alberta Quilt Study Society
on Knitting a Felted Purse.

Please see the LINK HERE for the purse pattern.

In the felting process I used 2 wash cycles on my front load machine.
Today I experimented with the hot water temperature and was very pleased with the results.

The 1st wash was done with the regular hot water setting on a normal cycle.   It did an ok job for the 1st round.   The 2nd wash was done with the hottest water setting, which in my machine heats the water to almost boiling.  It really did a fantastic job on the felt and I will use this setting from now on. 


In the photos below you will find more information about the felting process. 



http://quiltersenjoycolor.blogspot.com/2018/07/knit-felted-purse-pattern.html

Enjoy your knittin'
...Melanie