Rummaging around in my studio has its advantages. I remember how excited I was when I started this project over a year ago. I love a two color quilt, and the curved piecing is just the sort of gentle challenge that I enjoy. This quilt pattern is called Winding Ways, and has a super cool secondary circular pattern that shows up when you put the blocks together.
When I rediscovered the project box containing the few blocks I had made, my heart started beating just a little bit faster. I pulled it out, sat down, and before I knew it, had made several more blocks. These are really fun to put together! Moving house and setting up my studio took me away from my projects for way too long. What a happy thought that now I can get back to finishing up these blocks into a quilt.
Back in February 2011, I used the Marti Michell Winding Ways templates to cut out my pieces. I love her acrylic templates, because you can just use your rotary cutter and cut around them. Of course, if you have one of those "Go" cutter things, that works great too. I still haven't climbed on that band wagon however.
There is book I am referring to for my block construction method. It is called Winding Ways Quilts by Nancy Elliot MacDonald. Once you get a couple of the blocks under your belt, the method is truly "practically pinless" as the author claims. Each and every block went together like a dream. Do not be afraid of curved piecing. Just try it. After a couple of practice blocks it comes easily.
How wonderful it is to be organized again, and especially to be able to find my books and supplies as I need them. All my pieces are already cut out and arranged together in the project box, and it was just a matter of moments to pull the book out of the bookcase, sit down, refer to Nancy's diagrams and start stitching.
Now, if I could only remember how big I was planning to make this quilt...