Curved piecing scares people. Many quilters see it fussy and difficult, and fake it or even avoid it altogether. Yet like many techniques it’s not nearly as difficult as it appears, and Angela Pingel offers an introduction to curved piecing via one simple block—Drunkard’s Path. The block itself is made up of units that are a simple quarter circle in a square. These units can be put together in various patterns that look absolutely different in every combination. Drunkard’s Path can create a sinuous staggering line like its namesake, or curved motifs that form teardrops, arabesques, flowers, and other discrete shapes.
The book starts with the basics of curved piecing and then Angela offers up a variety of patterns. Many are full-size quilts, but there are some smaller patterns as well, such as baby quilts, pillows, and a table runner. Some offer a significant challenge in a non-daunting size, some are large projects that look much harder than they actually are, making for achievable bragging rights. Some quilts may contain a lot of straight piecing with curved accents, while others make intensive use of curves to really hone the quilter’s skills. The curved templates range in size from large “training wheel” versions to rather small—demanding more precision and control on the part of the quilter.
A pattern insert or template pages will provide all the template pieces needed.
In this book:
- Learn a quick, accurate, and approachable method for curved piecing (the bugaboo of many quilters)
- Projects mix straightforward and challenging, large and small
- Find exciting and inspiring new ways to use that old favorite, the Drunkard’s Path block. Quilters can rearrange the same basic block to create quilts that always look new and different
- Use the handy template patterns in the book to cut out blocks in a variety of sizes, or use a die cutter to make many of the projects.