Suspension Bridge variation

I can’t seem to get away from piecing curves….this time all on the machine.   I had a big pile of fat quarters in reproduction 30’s  and I have been thinking for a while that I need to decide what to do with them

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I have been really drawn to any of the patterns that have curves.  The suspension Bridge pattern is what I decided on


as always the pattern looks different when the blocks are joined together

suspension Bridge-2

and another option is to add sashing

suspension sashing

This one really appeals to me….it might just be the one I need to do….but it might look too much like this one I recently finished?

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I will give it some thought but for now here is the first block

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it is a bog block….18″ so I wont have to make a ton of them…and you can see that I need to get a little better at machine sewing so I don’t have puckers and cut off points, but honestly they don’t bother me that much.  Remember this is supposed to be fun!  If I try to be too perfect all the fun is taken out of it.

I am doing a variation on the pattern…the points are not equilateral triangles like the original suspension bridge …but they are a lot easier to make!  There is a trick to it and I will post about that next time.

Happy Quilting


24 thoughts on “Suspension Bridge variation

  1. Janine Huisjen says:

    I like your variation on the triangles. Are you piecing the arcs on a foundation?

  2. Kathleen Campbell says:

    Perfect and you are BRAVE!

  3. Kathi says:

    would love to see more on how you made this… it is very cool! Thanks for sharing your ideas… they inspire my ideas and I believe quilts should be fun too and not just strive for perfection… love them 🙂 Kathi

  4. Tim, do you have the pattern that was published in Quilters Newsletter from the quilt in my collection? It is this pattern, and I think paper piecing is the way to go.

    • timquilts says:

      No I don’t have a pattern…..I am always one to just draw one up myself, I guess I should get a subscription to the quilters newsletter…but I really don’t ever seem to read magazines, they just tend to pile up in stacks after I look at them for 5 min!
      Anyway the way I am doing this , for me, is so much easier than paper piecing (I cant stand paper piecing and always try to find ways to avoid it)…I will post about how I am ding it tomorrow once I get some pictures of the steps

  5. Curves are addicting aren’t they? Once you get them down, it seems like you’ve taken a giant step in your skill level! There’s an easy way to paper-piece the triangles without the bother of having to remove the paper, use freezer paper and bend it back on the seam line when you sew the seam. Marsha McCloskey demo’d it on The Quilt Show, and I’m sure you can find the explanation somewhere else online.

    I like the block. Maybe I’ll do that one next…

  6. audrey says:

    I definitely like your attitude about not taking the fun out of the quilting! This will be another beautiful quilt I’m sure. Love the pattern with the curves and spikes. It’s really great how you mix up your projects.

  7. njquilter24 says:

    beautiful Tim , love your attitude about the piecing, I am not a fan of paper piecing either…and just look at the antique quilts we love very few are perfect!
    can’t wait to see more, I happen to love 30’s they say spring to me!
    hope your recovering quickly…

    • timquilts says:

      thanks!…I am feeling so much better after the surgery!! I can’t believe how much better I feel….still cant physically do all I would like….I really want to be outside working hard in the garden but they say I am going to wait for an ok from the doctor
      …and I think that the “spring” feel of these fabrics are what made me want to do something with them

  8. myrosesindecember says:

    You are so ambitious! Amazing. I love the shade of blue that you used with the dog print.

  9. Lisa Mikel says:

    I like your block! It will make a great quilt. The cute dog print reminds me of Teddy.

  10. Sharon Eshlaman says:

    I can’t wait to see what you do with this project. It will be amazing – as usual. Enjoy!

  11. […] finished up the 12 blocks for the suspension bridge quilt ( ) and got it all set together….I need to make 14 more sashing sections and get those on and I […]

  12. […] I finished the Suspension Bridge variation top that I started a while back, (see the post here: […]

  13. […] Today I have another one to show you.    I started this one ages ago!   see the post here […]

  14. Nerida Duncan says:

    Teddy is so famous he has been immortalised in fabric 🙂


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