Thursday, February 9, 2012

Paths of Life Quilt for Project Quilting

This post will be a series of photos of how I cut and stitched each step for my Paths of Life Quilt. 
I am not going to explain each step, as I have said before there are books out there that do a wonderful job of explaining.  I would just like to show you the process.
My Disclaimer:  Do not try this at home!  It is not for a beginner.  It is not easy to do, but it is fun, once you get the hang of it! 
It is not quilted yet. I will share more photos again in a couple days, as the challenge is due on Sunday at noon.
This is a photo of how it looked at the end of the day on Wednesday.  I will share the steps...
I started on Wednesday by laying the blue fabric right side up on the background fabric. With the rotary cutter I started cutting with wavy lines.


















Stitch and then press after stitching.
Sometimes, I pressed the seams in and sometimes out.  Whichever way was best.  I also pressed and let all my seams distort to get a curvy effect on the black strips.
Here's the first path completed.
The original sketch to give me some guidelines to follow, but I changed it as I continued.
I cut, stitched, and pressed the other paths in the same way.





I pinned a few pins at the intersection of the opposite curves.


The paths joined at the edge.  The other paths intersected on the quilt. I added curvy borders too.  All of different sizes too.


I pressed every step and let the fabric stretch and curve. I let things get distorted on purpose. I trimmed the outer edges with curves too. It is ready for the final pressing, before I quilt it.
I can't wait to quilt it!
Have a great day!
Marcia
Part ONE - the story about my inspiration for this quilt

Linked with:
Confessions of a Fabric Addict: Can I get a Whoop Whoop? - Feb. 10, 2012
The Thrifty Groove: Thrifty Things Friday - Feb. 10, 2012
At The Pickett Fence: Inspiration Friday - Feb. 10, 2012
2805: Potpourri Friday - Feb. 10, 2012
Amylouwho: Sew & Tell - Feb. 10, 2012
Crazy Mom Quilts: Finish Up Friday - Feb. 10, 2012
Quilting in My Pyjamas: Favourite Things Friday - Feb. 10 2012
My Repurposed Life: Catch as Catch Can - Feb. 10, 2012
Stuff and Nonsense: Fridays Unfolded - Feb. 10, 2012
Richard Quilts: Link a Finish Friday - Feb. 10, 2012
Love Affair with my Brother: This Week - Feb. 11, 2012
Six Sisters' Stuff: Strut Your Stuff - Feb. 11, 2012

19 comments:

Belinda said...

Very unique and beautiful Marcia. Thanks for the "how to"!

Sandy said...

I love it. Thanks for sharing your method.

beaquilter said...

Hi,
I just awarded you with the versatile quilters award here
http://beaquilter.blogspot.com/2012/02/versatile-blogger.html

Sue Daurio said...

Oh you make it look so easy!! Did you use registration marks on the curved pieces or just cut and sew together? Thanks for sharing it was a really good how to.

Carla said...

That's cool. Love the look. Thanks for sharing!

Fabrics N Quilts said...

great job! Whoop Whoop!

Carla said...

Thanks for sharing your technique! I've done something like that before and it was very "freeing". Love the fabrics you used in your great quilt.

Alycia said...

Very cool! Can't wait to see how you quilt it!

BunkHouseQuilts said...

So unique. I really appreciate your how to. Makes it look easy. Can't wait to see how you quilt it.

Shay said...

This looks so fabulously effective. I love it !

I adore chocolate /blues together in quilts. (And that blue is the perfect balance)

Diann said...

That looks awesome Marcia! Curves scare me when it comes to quilting. LOL Thank you for joining TTF and have a wonderful weekend!

Michelle Ridgway said...

Looks like another masterpiece Marcia. You are a very clever lady.

Sarah Craig said...

Very cool, Marcia! Whoop whoop!!

thea said...

the quilt is very nice .. rivers in chocolate ..

KatieQ said...

Thanks for sharing your method for achieving this very cool affect. It looks amazing. I can't wait to see how you quilt it.

Elizabeth said...

Your fabrics are so pretty! I love how this came out.

xo -E

Honey at 2805 said...

Not for the faint of heart, huh? Looks like it will be beautiful! Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday!

Six Sisters said...

What a cute idea! Thank you for sharing with us on six sister's stuff! We hope to see you next Saturday!
-The Sisters

Hillbilly Tonya said...

It looks hard, you are right!