Book Review – A Quilter’s Mixology by Angela Pingel

I just finished reading Angela Pingel’s book, A Quilter’s Mixology, so now it’s time to share it with you guys! I first met Angela when I took a curved piecing class from her at Sewing Summit last year. I love that she is so enamored with curved piecing that she’s been able to put a fresh spin on a classic technique.

Curves BlockMy version of Angela’s curves – she is a great teacher!

During class, I made this block which I think is way more interesting than a classic Drunkard’s path block (thought Angela is pretty good about teaching that method, too). The trick is in trimming up the pieces in such a way as to make part of the seams disappear, leading to a sleeker smoother look which I instantly fell in love with.

20140628_quilters_mixologyAngela’s book is chock full of fresh and fun quilts to make. She includes extra sections on choosing colors and fabrics, step-by-step curved piecing instructions with nicely illustrated diagrams, and tons of fabulous photography throughout.

20140628_qm_loosely_curvedLoosely Curved Wallhanging by Angela Pingel. Photo courtesy of Interweave.

Hands down, her Loosely Curved Wallhanging is my favorite quilt in the book. I love the graphic design, the bold colors, and the fact that she even quilted it herself. :-) I still haven’t tried the super-popular woodgrain machine quilting design, but it sure looks great on this quilt!

20140628_qm_flower_powerFlower Power Quilt by Angela Pingel. Photo courtesy of Interweave.

I love Angela’s Flower Power quilt for much the same reason. I’m drawn to quilts with a lot of negative space and blocks shown in different scales. I think the allover stippling complements the art-deco vibe of this quilt without over-powering it.

I can recommend this book for those who are into curved piecing as well as those that aren’t. There’s plenty of eye-candy in the way of color combinations and quilting designs that are sure to delight.

20140628_qm_detailDetail Shot of Orange Twist Quilt, Courtesy of Angela Pingel. Quilted by Krista Withers.

A Quilter’s Mixology includes a total of 16 projects spread over 143 pages, complete with full-size templates. I’m pretty sure you can also use die cut machines for several projects, too!

What other quilting books are on your summer reading list?

5 thoughts on “Book Review – A Quilter’s Mixology by Angela Pingel

  1. Lori Smanski says:

    I love your block. Angelas quilts are wonderful. I have that book on my list to get. thanks for sharing.

  2. Gail says:

    The block you made is great and now I think I have to have the book!
    Since I sewed before quilting, I’ve never been afraid of curves and have made a drunkard’s path quilt but these new ideas are wonderful!

  3. Anne says:

    I have made a round flower and leaves baby quilt using Accu quilt template and really liked it. Wished I had known how to trim to make it look sleeker. I see a new quilt in the future. I just bought Playful Petals by Corey Yoder and there are some fun pillows in there.

  4. Shayne says:

    I just finished the top for the Loosely Curved wall hanging. I love the book too! It was my first time piecing curves so things didn’t line up quite as nice as I wanted…but I loved it so much I’m actually starting a second one!

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