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February 15, 2019
So many options for the Drunkard’s Path block from The Crafty Quilter

While I was making my first Drunkard’s Path quilt, I discovered there are so many options for this versatile block.  I got so excited about my discoveries, that I thought they would be worth sharing!

Drunkard's Path Block and Quilts. Many design options and piecing techniques are discussed at The Crafty Quilter

A little History

The Drunkard’s Path quilt block dates back to ancient Egyptian times when this design was discovered on several Roman artifacts.  Also know as Solomon’s Puzzle, Oregon Trail, Rocky Road to Kansas and others, this block has been tied to the Women’s Temperence Movement in the early 1900’s as well as a possible link to the Underground Railroad ...

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February 10, 2019
Two Blocks for the Price of One from The Cozy Quilter

I was home alone one evening this week and decided to make another Elgin Piecemakers Guild Comfort Quilt block, this time with a navy print and white.  Again, I got out my new Drunkard's Path rulers and started to play.  I cut the larger piece out bigger than the template as I had decided to cut the blocks in half diagonally and I still wanted a 12.5" block in the end. 

I sewed the triangles together to make 4 HST's and then laid them out for my block.  Uh, oh!  I ended up with a weird face ...

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February 8, 2019
Slit ‘N Sew Method using CutRite Templates: a review and giveaway from The Crafty Quilter

Hey everyone!  I am so pleased to review a new tool and technique for quilters – it’s the Slit ‘N Sew Method by Quilter’s Paradise using their CutRite Drunkard’s Path Template.  I’ll also share some tips for working with these specific templates, and there’s a giveaway, too!

Slit 'N Sew Method - a product review at The Crafty Quilting. Includes tips using the CutRite Drunkard's Path Template by Quilter's Paradise


Disclosure:  I was asked by Quilter’s Paradise to test out their product.  I am not being compensated for this review other than receiving the product without charge.   My experience and opinion of their technique are honest and made with the consumer (you) in mind.

What is the Slit ...

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February 3, 2019
Drunkard's Path (or, I Am Not To Be Trusted!) from caledonia quilter

Part I
I used to teach an 8-week quilting class twice a year, and I always wrote my own patterns.  I have an Accuquilt die cutter (see JAWS tab above), so I designed a Drunkard's Path quilt.  I asked a friend to test my pattern instructions, and she made this quilt  That was, I think, in 2009.  When I was visiting her last fall the quilt was STILL flopped over her design wall.  Every time she's mentioned this quilt she would get an unhappy tone in her voice, which always made me think she was having a hate ...

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February 1, 2019
Comfort Quilts and Blocks from The Cozy Quilter

The Elgin Piecemakers Guild met last week and there were lots of comfort quilts on display!  This scrappy churn dash was quilted by Julie and I love the quilting design she used!  

Yvonne has taken it home to add the binding. 

At our Christmas dinner, earlier in January, we each brought in a brown and teal block.  Here are all of the blocks on display.  I'm always amazed at the variety of blocks that come in each month and how well they all look when assembled into quilt tops. 

At last week's meeting, we all brought in our ...

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January 7, 2019
15 Minutes to Stitch 2019 from High Road Quilter

My original plan was to change my blog posts to Monday so I can show you 7 days of stitching this week, but Sundays are really a better day to do this, both for me, and for the other people on this challenge, so here goes this week's numbers.


15 Minute to Stitch Challenge: 

This week, I spent a lot of time cutting up pieces - for Sunlight in Winter and for the ATC holder. Earlier in the week, I also did some quilting on the drunkard path quilt. Today, I worked on a pieced border for the rail fence ...

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January 1, 2019
Final 15 Minutes to Stitch of 2018 from High Road Quilter

I waited an extra day to post the 15 Minutes to Stitch Recap so that I could incorporate today and finish out the year.

The settings of my blog somehow changed and the font looks smaller and the margins look bigger. When I tried to change the settings, the settings that show up in the editing process don't look like what the blog actually looks like. I have made the settings super big in the editing process, and hope it doesn't look as huge on your screen. Please let me know how it looks to you.


15 Minutes ...

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December 30, 2018
my last quilts from Charm About You

foundation paper pieced hot air balloon Liberty fabric

I have two quilts that I finished recently, both made for Sewing Quarter. These are the last quilts I will make for them (for now at least) as I start something new. This one is the pretty Hot Air Balloon quilt pattern by Sarah Ashford

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December 8, 2018
Day 6: 31 Day Blog Challenge from High Road Quilter

Random photo of the day: The snow on the branches look like a chicken foot. It is also not from this winter.

In quilting news, I've been ironing the blues, but I don't have the ironing blues.  I pressed the backing for the drunkard path quilt and the binding for the Droid quilt.  I also pressed the Drunkard's path quilt top for good measure.  I need to come up with a better name for that quilt. The picture is from 2008, back when the walls weren't lime green. I've moved the ironing table farther to ...

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December 4, 2018
Day 4: 31 Day Blog Challenge from High Road Quilter

Random picture of the day: Pointless Puddle.

To give you some current quilt I progress, I went to find the projects I was working on before the big holiday gathering cleanup.  I apparently put it in a very safe place where I could easily pick up where I left off.  At this point, I have determined that Safe Spot is not in my sewing machine table drawers, and not in my sewing room.  But the good news is that the sewing room does look a little bit cleaner!

The end of the year is making me think about my annual ...

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September 6, 2018
Choices! from Quilt Obsession

Drunkard's Path Basketwtmk

Remember this pretty basket block made with Drunkard’s Path blocks? I made the blocks over five years ago and they sat. Mostly because, while I love the design which I saw in an older Australian Patchwork & Quilting magazine, the instructions for the sashing and border elements are – well, very hard to decipher for one who is used to working with finished element sizes rather than oversized rotary cutting sizes to be cut down to the a different size after sewing.

Over the weekend, I got the blocks out as they’ve always been lurking in the back of my ...

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February 20, 2018
Drunkard's Path & High Water from Pink Doxies

Drunkard's Path
67" x 89.5"

These blocks were found in a little store miles out in the country, tucked into a basket under piles of other vintage textiles. You must dig for buried treasure, you know. They came home with me, were carefully washed and pressed, and sat in another box for about two years. As I systematically pull out unfinished projects, they have been brought to life.

Read A Sweetheart of a Quilt to see the original condition the blocks were in when I started, and how I trimmed them.


I auditioned many border fabrics, but ...

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February 16, 2018
A Sweetheart of a Quilt from Pink Doxies

Vintage Drunkard's Path Blocks 
c. 1930-1940

Happy Valentine's Day to YOU!

Is this a big day at your house? Not for us either, if you said no. Our big event today was lunch out after an optometrist's appointment together. I am having problems seeing in the studio, and wanted to make sure nothing was wrong beside normally ageing eyes. Gratefully, everything is up to par, but I simply need more light. It's become a bit of a joke in our house.

These bulbs came from Amazon.

My sweet, but reluctant Valentine and one son put up ...

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February 5, 2018
Football and Stitching from Pamela Quilts

Yes, I did watch the Super Bowl today, and enjoyed some fine hand stitching time!

I am handquilting this love hand pieced Drunkard's Path quilt for a friend.  For now I am just stitching in the ditch around the white pieces.  When I am done with that I will likely quilt something in those areas, and just leave the blue.  We'll see.
She said that she knows the only way this quilt will be finished is if someone else does it!  I certainly know that feeling, and I may have her machine quilt some of my finished tops ...

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November 18, 2017
Capital S from Ann Quilts

A while back, I posted about a Capital O quilt that I rebuilt.  (And when I say "rebuilt", I really mean rebuilt.  It's quite a saga.)  I'd never come across an O block before.  And now, along comes another initial quilt block I've never seen, a Capital S.

This quilt is one of a collection of family heirloom quilts I've been repairing.  You can read about a couple of the other quilts - Whirling Hexagons and Log Cabin.

This Capital S block is a clever use of the little quarter circle squares that make up the Drunkard ...

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