I have always said that I like to have one or two works in progress at a time. One of the reasons why is because I enjoy having a hand sewing project. I haven't had an ongoing hand sewing project for about a year, and I have been thinking about starting one to have a portable sewing project this summer.
This week as I was reading some posts for the New Quilt Blogger's Blog Hop, I was very interested in Jan's (The Colorful Fabriholic) post. She mentioned hand piecing quilts with a group she belongs to. We began emailing each other about hand piecing using the traced-template method. Jan describes the method in this post.
I have used the traced-template method before when hand piecing Summer's Flower. I made this quilt nearly 20 years ago.
I also used it when finishing Compass Rose last year. This was someone else's UFO that I was given.
After discussing it with Jan (who was so encouraging), I decided to make a Drunkard's Path quilt. I am mostly following the Dancing Daisies tutorial from the Moda Bake Shop. The tutorial shows how to machine piece the blocks, so I pulled out this old book to make templates to sew a 4 inch block by hand.
My cutting line templates look like this on a charm square:
I can trace around them and mark matching spots through the holes. I do this on sand paper glued to a board to grip the fabric.
Then I can line up the sewing-line templates with the dots and trace them.
Before going out to purchase fabric, I tested out the templates on some scraps. I enjoyed it a lot.
The back looks really neat. Because you only sew on the line, it is easy to swirl the seams to make it more flat.
The fabric I purchased is a Chance of Flowers layer cake with Kona Snow as the background. The plaid on the bias will be my binding.
I selected my backing from the clearance section at my LQS. It was nice getting it for a discount.
The first thing I did when I got home was cut the layer cake into quarters.
Then I cut out 40 charm squares from the Kona Snow. Here is one fourth of my quilt ready to be traced and hand pieced.
I have already sewn 8 four inch blocks.
The tutorial has the values like the picture above, but I may switch the light and dark.
I have plenty of time to decide. But first, I need to decide if I want to use the fabrics with the cream background.
I don't know if there is enough contrast. If I don't use them I may need to purchase a charm pack or extra yardage. What would you do?
This project will definitely be a WISP-- Work In Slow Progress. However, I am very excited to do it. I have 8 done and only 312 more to go to make a 64 x 80 inch quilt.
P.S. I will be linking up with Let's Bee Social and Needle and Thread Thursday (buttons on sidebar).