Archive | October, 2018

Patriot Quilt

Patriot Quilt by Angela Bowman

“Patriot” quilt, 59″ x 59″, made in October 2018.

My husband has many different sides. This is his patriotic side. I see a strong United States Navy veteran who navigated the ocean aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. I am thankful for his service.

I started with his recruit portrait.

I scanned it, cropped it, applied digital effects, put it in a grid, and translated for sewing by drawing straight lines. I made foundation paper piecing templates and gave myself the constraint of using only solid fabrics. I used Kona Cotton exclusively.

Here’s a video of my translation process, using the Procreate iPad app:


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Doing some #foundationpaperpiecing sewing translation in #procreate #patriotquilt

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When I foundation-paper-piece, it’s usually a creative frenzy that I cannot stop, and this was no exception.

I love the warm colors in this piece. I mean, look at that cheek. I almost smooched it.

Lots of big paper rows to join. Unwieldy, but worth it.

Nice backside, babe.

Now to choose quilting. I went for wavy lines. He served on an aircraft carrier, after all. Again, here’s a video via the Procreate app – it’s so helpful to audition quilting design.


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Back to this hunk. Trying to figure out the quilting stitches. #patriotquilt

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I applied a facing (instead of binding) for the first time. I couldn’t bear to put a border on his face.

Here’s the back in Kona Cotton Pepper. The quilting thread is Aurifil Dove in 40wt cotton.

One of my favorite parts of this piece: that jawline shadow.

Modern Patchwork Home

Modern Patchwork Home book

What an honor to be one of the contributors of Modern Patchwork Home! Curated from the pages of Modern Patchwork Magazine, this beautiful book includes 24 projects to make, all of them modern and most of them beginner-friendly.  To get your copy, find it here: Modern Patchwork Home (affiliate link).

Feel free to turn to page 63, where you’ll find my MAKE mini quilt. Wouldn’t this be perfect for your sewing room? To learn more, read my MAKE Mini Quilt in Modern Patchwork Magazine post, where I share my making process.