Saturday, October 18, 2014

Drunkard's Path Quilt Along - Week 2

My progress on the Dad's Plaids quilt this week included getting what I thought were all the curved pieces cut.  Somehow while laying it out, however, I came up short.

(Ha-ha!  The people who know me in real life are thinking that's a first.  It's land of the giants up in here.  This one can't count.)

Besides making more strip strata to address said deficit, I also decided I needed a design wall.  One that is perpendicular to the floor, that is.  I have, up until now, laid all my quilts out on the living room floor.  I did make myself a small portable flannel board (out of a foam-backed Marjolein Bastin print and a flannel sheet from Goodwill, if you're wondering), which I can prop up here or there in the sewing room and fit a couple of blocks on at a time, but it's pretty small.  Not a wall, in any case.

So I cleared a wall in the laundry room, which is around the corner from the sewing room.  The lighting isn't great, but it'll have to do because it's basically the only option available. 
I bought a couple yards of flannel-backed tablecloth vinyl from Jo-Ann with a 50% off coupon ($6 total) and a package of push-pins.  This is probably a temporary thing until I can do a proper job of covering a couple large pieces of insulation foam with batting and Velcro that system to the wall.  Also, I should repaint the wall.  As well as I procrastinate, you should look for that in, oh, 2016.  Maybe.

Here are some of the DP pieces laid out on the wall.  With all the variety of color and light/dark stuff going on, I knew I'd have to play around before I sewed anything together.  In general, though, I like where it's going!

I have to modify a few pieces where there's a light or dark strip in a particular spot where there should be the opposite (see circled areas below, for example).  

I knew they were there when I cut the pieces out, but I wasn't thinking it'd be a big deal and would add interest.  Turns out some are a little too interesting and my eye is drawn to those areas.  So a little seam ripping and resewing is in order.  No biggie.

I have around 18 DP blocks sewn together so far.  You know what?  I love sewing curves!

Cross the Drunkard’s Path Quilt Along

18 comments:

  1. To be honest with you, I thought, hu hum, a plaid drunkards path. But this is amazing! I LOVE it!

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  2. Are you sewing the fabric from strips and then cutting out the DP pieces? It's an amazing look. Love it.
    Hugs

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  3. I just love the plaid drunkard's path! I too, love sewing curves. Wonderful job!!

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  4. I noticed that you are generally sewing the quarter circle cutouts with the stripes going the same direction as the larger pieces, with one exception. I really like the look of the blocks and the larger pieces!

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  5. I could not live without my design wall . . . Glad you have one now!

    Your plaids are truly amazing -- humble they are not!!!

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  6. Well I love it with those "interesting" spots in there. I don't think they are distracting; I think they might be a surprise design element.

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  7. Oh, I really really like this!! And that one orange/brown plaid that looks like glow-y circles in the photo is awesome!

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  8. I love where this quilt is going, 'tis very, very cool!

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  9. I keep thinking I need a design wall in my sewing room too- Im a lets lay it on the guest room floor kinda gal at the moment.

    Loving your DP blocks. Honestly I would leave those little bits you’re not liking. They didn’t stand out for me and once its quilted up I dont think you’ll even notice them.

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  10. Love, love, love how it is looking! The quilt that is. You crazy woman sewing your curves.

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  11. No design wall here either.

    Oh, I love your Dad's Plaids!

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  12. So incredible! Looks amazing!

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  13. Looking great! Your plaids are working up into a great DP. And honestly, I didn't notice your 'interesting' spots at all. Probably distracting to you b/c you know they are there.

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  14. Absolutely Amaze"Balls"!!!!! Literally! Can't wait to see the new design wall in 2016! LOL

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  15. This quilt is going to look awesome!

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  16. Hi Paulette,
    Great news! This post is the one I drew as the winner for the Cross the Drunkard's Path Quilt Along! Send me an email and we can discuss your prize options!

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  17. Congratulations! I'm glad you won as I missed this quilt the first time around. It's beautiful!

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