A Quilter’s Mixology ~ And a New Quilt Start

This week I started cutting into some of my Cotton + Steel fabric for a new project. Next month I’m going to be participating in a blog hop celebrating Angela Pingel’s new book, A Quilter’s Mixology: Shaking Up Curved Piecing. I thought it would be fun today to show you a bit about her book, as well as the start of my project. You’ll have to wait about 5 weeks to see the finish!

A Quilter’s Mixology is a quilting book of 16 projects centered around the Drunkard’s Path Block. I think every quilter probably has his or her strengths, things that come easiest to them. For me, it’s Foundation Paper Piecing. It’s like second nature and I really find my rhythm when I’m sewing.

Curved piecing is not one of my strengths. I don’t really sew curves often, so when I do I have a bit of anxiety, worry about my cuts, worry about lining everything up properly. Stitch reeeeeaaaaalllly slowly. This is one of the reasons I was so excited to receive Angela’s book. The entire premise is challenging to me.

Angela starts off her book with a bit of history (yay!) on the Drunkard’s Path block (4 pages). She then spends 8 pages going over the important technique stuff – templates, cutting, stitching the curves, and then stitching the blocks together. She also reviews some common problems you may run into when sewing curves and how to fix them. To me, this was a “must read” chapter of the book. Next is 8 pages on color, fabric and thread with lots of really beautiful photo inspiration.

After that Angela jumps into the 16 projects. They range from pillows to 100″+ inch quilts. These patterns are not only beautiful, but have very detailed instructions. In fact, the first time I was flipping through this book, I was really shocked (in a good way!) at the amount of detail put into the directions.

I have some favorites of course!

Orange Twist Quilt by Angela Pingel, A Quilter’s Mixology

Medallion Baby Quilt by Angela Pingel, A Quilter’s Mixology

Arabian Nights Quilt by Angela Pingel, A Quilter’s Mixology

Nine Patch Curves Quilt by Angela Pingel, A Quilter’s Mixology

Quilt by Angela Pingel, A Quilter’s Mixology

I’ve just started working on the pattern above, Angela’s Petal Pusher Quilt. When I first decided to make it, I didn’t really look at the finished size. (Mental note: Always look at the finished quilt size – ha!) It’s huge! 106″ x 106″ Each block is 24″.

I will probably make 4 blocks for my quilt. I’m using Cotton + Steel fabrics with a couple other prints mixed in where needed. Angela’s sample quilt in the pattern used directional prints, so I decided to try my hand at that as well.

These blocks are large but actually very easy to put together. I worked on this for 2 mornings (2 hours each) and 1 afternoon (also 2 hours), and cut out 4 blocks and pieced 2 together.

For the curves, the book comes with a fold out template sheet in the back. I just traced my templates onto some scrap paper – nothing fancy here! Works like a charm.

I can’t wait to share this one with you next month during the blog hop. And I hope you will check out A Quilter’s Mixology and try your hand at some modern interpretations of this classic block.



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    August 6, 2014

    Love it!! Can’t wait to see the finished quilt. Will have to look at this book after I finish the Summer Sparkle Quilt.

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    August 6, 2014

    I just bought this book over the weekend and loved looking at all the pictures. I haven’t had a chance to read yet but will definitely take your advice on the “must read” section. I’m new to curves, too. I’m looking forward to the blog hop. Thanks for the sneak peak.

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    August 6, 2014

    Indeed I will ; )

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    Nance Meeker

    August 6, 2014

    Bought the digital version when it was first available. Today, I gift the Medallion Baby in ballet pink, gray dots, cream and white (with some prints from Let’s Pretend) to my best friend for her first granddaughter. It was easy to piece; I conquered pinless curves and got braver with my fmq-ing. It’s lovely!

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    August 6, 2014

    Looks like a great book with lots of cool projects. Thanks for showing it off. It goes on my Christmas book wish list. I make one every year and give it to my hubby.

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    August 6, 2014

    I love this very much!

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    August 6, 2014

    Beautiful work, Faith! Just got this book, it is wonderful. Can’t wait to see the finish!

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    Danielle | Krafted Koch

    August 6, 2014

    This would make such an adorable kid’s quilt, LOVE IT!

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    Elizabeth R

    August 6, 2014

    Thanks for providing a great preview of this book! The projects look amazing and I can’t wait to get a copy and start creating. I love your blocks, too!

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    Janet Moilanen

    August 6, 2014

    I must get this – have to overcome my reluctance to do curved piecing!

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    August 6, 2014

    Love this book! I’ve already done the Baby Medallion quilt and I’ve started on the Nine Patch Curves…I’m making it a bit bigger than the one in the book, so even more opportunities to practice curved piecing. I really like your blocks, nice fabric choices.

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    Kathleen Dalecio

    August 6, 2014

    Thank you for previewing this book. I LOVE the blocks you’ve made!!! So much so, that I just ordered A Quilter’s Mixology from Amazon! The only curved piecing I’ve done so far is an Apple Core quilt. It’s inspiring to see how versatile, and modern, the Drunkard’s Path can be!

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    August 6, 2014

    Great review of a great book. I got it when it first came out and read it cover to cover. Beautiful quilts and pictures and great writing as well! I’m working on the nine patch with curves first. I’m bringing this book and “Vintage Quilt Revival” to Sewtopia for autographs!

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    August 7, 2014

    your curved pieces looks perfect! Thanks for sharing a preview of the book – I didn’t see anything I didn’t like….must get it! Looking forward to your progress posts 🙂

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    Helen in the UK

    August 9, 2014

    Looks like a great book with an updated approach to Drunkard’s Path. Added it to my Amazon wishlist 🙂