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.
My 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.
Angela’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.
Loosely 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!
Flower 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.
Detail 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”
I love your block. Angelas quilts are wonderful. I have that book on my list to get. thanks for sharing.
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!
Oh, dear – the last thing I need right now is another quilt book, but this sure is TEMPTING!!! 🙂
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.
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!