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:

QuiltSwissy said...

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

Terri said...

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

Empty Closet Quilting said...

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

Jeff Rutherford said...

Wow, that is stunning!

Hazel said...

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!

Quiltdivajulie said...

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

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

Exuberant Color said...

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.

Sarah Craig said...

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

Kim said...

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

Shay said...

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.

Mom Wald said...

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

Cathy said...

No design wall here either.

Oh, I love your Dad's Plaids!

Karen said...

So incredible! Looks amazing!

Sharon said...

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.

Kevin the Quilter said...

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

Vicki W said...

This quilt is going to look awesome!

Vicki W said...

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!

Sue said...

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

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