Hello quilters and fellow sewing enthusiasts! My name is Belinda and I am back as guest writer on the AccuQuilt Blog. For those of you that are unfamiliar with my work, I'm a quilting and needlework designer, creator, finisher, and teacher (and the author of the Samplings from a Blue Ribbon Girl blog)...and lucky enough to design projects and create quilt samples for AccuQuilt.
Today, I am here to talk all about the new GO! Drunkard's Path-4" Finished die and share one of my personal projects with you: Tuxedo Path Pillow. I have been wanting to make a drunkard's path pillow for quite a while and I finally carved out some time for it....and although it may look a little bit tricky with all the curved piecing, it was actually a breeze and I completed the entire project in just a few hours.
I used one of the cutting dies from the new spring release...the Drunkard's Path-4" Finished Die...each small two piece set is a 4" square and four sets create one 8" block. I was excited to use this new die, as it is quite a bit smaller than the GO! Drunkard's Path-7" Finished (14" finished block) already in my collection. I made four 8" blocks for my 16" pillow cover and played around with the pattern, until I found one that was unique and eye-pleasing to me. I used the Tuxedo Fabric Collection by Doodlebug Design Inc. for Riley Blake Designs, so I decided to call this project "Tuxedo Path Pillow." The die cut shapes made this a quick and easy project - and matching up the notches makes perfect curved piecing easily attainable. My tip to make a project like this - press and starch your fabrics before beginning - it will give you smooth clean cuts and make your fabric much easier to work with...
I was actually able to try out this test die months ago when making the GO! Retro Drunkard's Path Quilt sample quilt (this is the pattern that accompanies the die). This quilt alternates between drunkard's path blocks and broken dishes blocks...and it measures 68" x 76" (a nice large size - but a little bit of a challenge when quilting on my personal sewing machine). This was a big project, with lots of curved seams and matching points, but using the AccuQuilt dies made it uncomplicated, manageable, and FUN!
I encourage you to try one of the AccuQuilt GO! Drunkard's Path dies for your next project - they will truly change the way you look at curved piecing. Quilting for beginners just got easier!
As always, I would be thrilled if you visited me via my blog, website, or social media - I would love to see your GO! Drunkard's Path finishes - stop by for a happy, quilty visit - I thoroughly enjoy meeting and inspiring new virtual friends!