Welcome! I hope you have fun tonight, however you plan to celebrate start of the New Year. I’m on call for work but hoping for quiet, interrupted only by a ring for a ride home from my celebrating daughter.
I’d like you to meet “Twisted Figures”, my favourite quilt from 2017.
“Twisted Figures” is my version of Sew Kind of Wonderful’s Metro Twist. You may not believe me, but the Quick Curve ruler made sewing curves fun. Honestly. I’m not getting paid to say that. I have struggled with accuracy in conventional curved piecing; I thought “drunkard’s path” was named for my curved seams, not the shape of the assembled blocks. Not this time. They went together wonderfully well (sorry about the pun).
The layer cake of Zen Chic’s “Figures” had been calling out to me from my stash for the last couple years, so I rescued it, adding some Carolyn Friedlander’s Architexture for the background.
Got the blocks on the design wall. Loved the blocks, hated the way the curves came to an abrupt halt at the top and bottom. Wanted the curves to continue. Cut the widest arcs I could from my 3 inch scraps, pieced them into some background and added them. So much better. The quilt was a little small but I still had lots of background fabric, so on went some borders. Boring. Then I had a “Eureka!” moment in the middle of the night and realized they needed to be curved.
The quilting was done freehand on my longarm with Superior’s bottom line thread in light blue. There are freeform feathers in the “figures”, dense straight lines in the diamonds, and ovals mimicking the piecing in the borders. The pieced back gave me some thread breakage grief, but it was worth it. The bias binding was hand stitched to the back.
Hope you like it!