Making a Drunkard’s Path template and Sewing curves without pins

There are commercial templates in the market for Drunkard’s Path quilt blocks but if you use them you are forced to use the specific variation of purchase different expensive plastic templates.  A more economic way is to make your own templates and it is very easy with just the simple drawing compass or the Easy Circle Cut ruler

What you do is cut 2 equal square in the size of your block including the seam allowance. you decide where you want to have the curve and you draw it on both squares. then you add in one of the squares a 1/4 inch seam allowance line outside the curve and this is the line you are going to cut on with your scissors – we will call this part of the template the center piece.  In the other square you draw a 1/4 inch seam allowance line inside the curve and cut on this line the background piece

When you make your own template you can make as many as you want in different sizes. the place of the curve can varied. you can make a very thin background piece or the other way around.

Now that you have your template (mine is cut off a pizza packaging) you can trace the parts to the fabric using a fabric pencil.

Now comes the part in other tutorials when you suppose to pin a center piece  to a background piece and sew while you take out the pins and the parts don’t move and you will not get the perfect curve.
But not in my tutorial 😛

First we do fold all the pieces in the middle and press a bit with the finger so we’ll know where the middle point is.
Then we use Prym Wonder tape – 9 meter of truly wonder tape! I just tape the curve on the center piece.

Then peel the paper. tape the middle point of the center piece to a middle point of a background piece and both the corners and then carefully tape the whole curve.

Ready to sew? no pins to not forget to pull away on time. no breaking needles. nothing moves.

After pressing you really get a perfect curve

 

Trapunto ohio stars

I am proud to present the finished quilt, using the technique machine trapunto that I have recently learned from a book I borrowed from the quilters guild library. I used in this quilt the 4 pieces of fabric I received from the quilters guild as a part of the quilting anniversary challange that will be exhibited in the general exhibition of the dutch quilters guild in September.

It is a small quilt of 52 x 52 cm. I had to make the binding larger then 3/4 inch because it  was almost too small for the requirements!

Some close up photo’s:

Meanwhile I have read that 178 quilts were sent to the exhibition!

Book review: Exploring Machine Trapunto

Exploring Machine Trapunto, new dimensions bij Hari Walner

I don’t remember when I first heard about trapunto with the machine but when I saw the astonishing results you can achieve with it I had to learn it. The best way that works for me for learning new stuff is through books. So I search on the subject and  borrowed this book from the dutch quilters guild: Exploring Machine Trapunto, new dimensions bij Hari Walner

In a really short definition, trapunto means a quilt design raised with an additional layer of batting and with a pronounced “stuffed” effect. While it was traditionally a time-consuming, labor-intensive task, today’s quilters made it easier – you can do trapunto with the sewing machine!
Best of all, with machine trapunto, there are no holes in the back of your quilt!

This book has everything you need to learn this technique – list of materials and helping tools, choosing batting and step by step instructions. And after Hari reviews the basic techniques for machine trapunto the FUN begins!  The book describes- 7 different “uses” for this technique, including cornerstone quilting, — a reverse trapunto technique, great for borders and special effects. I was most fascinated with trapunto quilting a patchwork block.

 

The book also includes very useful and helpful patterns showing what should be shown with water soluble thread and what can be left to be quilted later.

Eventually I had to return the book to the library and I am considering buying it to my own library 😉 So when I desided to use machine trapunto for the  jubileum challange of the quilters guild I already forgot that the project in the book also quilted ohio star patchwork blocks. I used the same block but it was just a coincidence . It was a lot of fun to do and the results are amazing. I am defenately not done with this technique and I want to try the other idea’s too – The celtic design with twin needle, traupnto of the applique and the fake applique. I will show the whole quilt I sent to the quilters guild in the next post.