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September 9, 2019
Taking the Scenic Route to Declutter Sewing Room from High Road Quilter



My sewing machine, Opal, is at the spa this week. She deserves a rest after all the work I put her through - sewing practically every day. I was waiting to find a good time to let her go, until I realized there would never be a good time to let her go.


The original plan was to sew the binding on the drunkard's path quilt and then hand stitch the binding while she was away.  If I ran out of work (haha), I could prepare more applique blocks for 1857 or another quilt.  It turns out that I didn ...

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September 5, 2019
Drunkard Path Quilting Closeups from High Road Quilter

I am still figuring out what fabric to use for the binding of the Drunkard's Path quilt, but  Kyle and Cynthia have asked me to show the quilting of the Drunkard's Path quilt. I am happy to oblige since it will show why took me so long to do it all. 


 The quilt is composed of "rings" around a center circle, shown above. In this circle, I put ovals inside each quarter circle with a sort of ribbon candy design inside each oval.  There is a grid in the center. And outside the oval are fingers. have no ...

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September 2, 2019
Finished Quilting Drunkard's Path from High Road Quilter


When I looked at the list of my quilts that I have been keeping ever since I started quilting, the second UFO was the drunkard's path quilt.  The top had already been pieced and it just needed to be sandwiched and quilted.  At the time I made the quilt, I really had a hard time doing any free motion quilting, and I wasn't all that good at straight line quilting either.

I can't say I am better at quilting now, but I have more confidence and less fear. Since this is an older quilt with dated fabrics ...

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August 18, 2019
Changing Thought Patterns from High Road Quilter


I've been thinking differently lately, as an experiment, or maybe because my mind has melted in the heat..


First of all, when I was making the Fuschia Fairy quilt, I didn't plan it out.  I thought of an idea, implemented it, and waited for the next idea to show up so I could implement it.  I embraced each idea as it came along and did it without thinking about other possibilities.

That is the same way I am quilting the Drunkard's Path quilt. Yes, I am still quilting that monstrosity of a lap quilt.  I think it ...

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August 16, 2019
Lost: Drunkard’s Path Quilt from Lost Quilt Come Home Page

Karen is looking for a Queen-size Levi Drunkard Path Quilt that she made in 2004 for her son.The quilt was made from dark and light blue denim levi’s.
The backing is a high quality bed sheet – a beautiful Moroccan
design. Karen machine pieced and machine quilted it. The quilt has a label which reads: Made with Love by MOM sewn on near the binding on the back at the bottom.

If you know anything about this quilt, please contact Karen at: karenklem@icloud.com

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August 5, 2019
Quilting Ethnic Drunkard's Path Quilt from High Road Quilter

After finishing the commission quilt and the mini quilt of the month, I could finally resume the quilting that had slowed almost to a standstill when the busy time at work happened.  I decided to pick up on quilting the drunkard's path quilt. I call it the ethnic drunkard's path quilt, because I already have another drunkard path, and this one has a more exotic feel to it, but I don't know the art in these countries enough to know where exactly to place it - Morocco, Spain, Persia, etc. The other one is really a leftovers of ...

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July 31, 2019
End of July quilts from Koolkat Quilting

The first quilt was made by Claire from Toowoomba and is being quilted with the falling snowflake e2e machine quilting pattern.  The owls quilt was made by Margot from Blackall who asked for the ebb and flow e2e pattern.  The ants quilt was made by Jenny from Toowoomba and is being quilted with the dragonflies e2e pattern.  The two pink quilts were made by Judith from Hemmant and are being quilted with the happy times pattern.  The final quilt is a drunkard's path pattern made by Margot from Blackall and is being quilted with the alfresco pattern.







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June 16, 2019
PJ 1133 from Virtual Quilter

Just a touch of pink!

I found this in an unrelated project file which I was moving to the retired list and thought I would brighten up the day.

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April 8, 2019
Vintage Reimagined Quilt ChallengeHappy Dance is a new quilt... from Living Water Quilter



Vintage Reimagined Quilt Challenge

Happy Dance is a new quilt design with a modern interpretation of the vintage block, Drunkard’s Path. It features Island Batik’s Check it Out fabric by Kathy Engle.

NOTE: Island Batik provided fabric for this project as part of the ambassador program.

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Reinterpreting the very popular Drunkard’s Path quilt block for the Island Batik ambassador challenge was opportunity to practice curve piecing. I used Accuquilt’s Drunkard Path die. Precisely cut shapes with notches helps achieve better piecing results. In the end, I still had to trim each block. I’ll do better ...

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Vintage Reimagined Quilt ChallengeHappy Dance is a new quilt... from Living Water Quilter



Vintage Reimagined Quilt Challenge

Happy Dance is a new quilt design with a modern interpretation of the vintage block, Drunkard’s Path. It features Island Batik’s Check it Out fabric by Kathy Engle.

NOTE: Island Batik provided fabric for this project as part of the ambassador program.

image

Reinterpreting the very popular Drunkard’s Path quilt block for the Island Batik ambassador challenge was opportunity to practice curve piecing. I used Accuquilt’s Drunkard Path die. Precisely cut shapes with notches helps achieve better piecing results. In the end, I still had to trim each block. I’ll do better ...

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March 31, 2019
Still Quilting Drunkard's Path from High Road Quilter


When I told you that I was almost done with the dark circles on the drunkard's path quilt (two weeks ago?), I was telling the truth. I had already quilted more than three fourths of the circles.  But since progress has been slowed this week, the measurement of the progress has changed, and I am still almost done with the dark circles even though I have quilted quite a few more. The measurement is more in terms of how many I have quilted - about one to four quarter circles a day.

On one of these days, I ran out ...

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March 25, 2019
Weekly Progress on 15 Minutes to Stitch from High Road Quilter


It is that time of the year when you get to see more progress pictures. It is a big quilt, so it is taking some time to stitch.  It is a large lap quilt, slightly smaller than a twin. I am making these deliberately wonky figure 8 shapes for the border. Some of the wonkiness might not be as deliberate as some of the other wonkiness. I am so used to working with small pieces that it is hard for me to quilt farther apart.  I will try again in the lighter areas, but for now, I am going for ...

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March 22, 2019
WIP Inventory from High Road Quilter

Having finished a couple of small quilts, I decided to take inventory of my current works in progress and their current status.  I am hoping that this will help me see that progress is being made during the spring and summer slowdown. These are just the quilts I have been working on in the last few months, and not the other unfinished projects that are stored away.

Some people might be overwhelmed by the number of projects listed here, but I really enjoy getting to choose which project I want to work on. Since they are not standing in a ...

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March 12, 2019
An Old UFO--Flimsy done! from The Cozy Quilter

Twice a year, the Elgin Piecemakers get together for a sewing day at a local church hall, usually once in the fall and once in the winter.  Our winter sewing day was March 2nd.  I was in a bit of a conundrum trying to figure out what I was going to bring that day to sew until I found a bag of string pieced triangles in a bag on a shelf in my fabric storage area. Several years ago, my husband attended a conference for work and stopped by a local quilting shop to pick up a gift for me ...

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February 27, 2019
Make a Mini, Make a Friend! from The Cozy Quilter

I am just home from QuiltCon 2019 in Nashville, TN!  This is my first of several blogposts about my experiences at the conference...there is so much to share!  


When I signed up for QuiltCon, I also signed up the for the Make a Mini, Make a Friend Swap.  They had over 600 people participating in the swap with some people mailing their mini quilts to each other if they were not attending the conference and others exchanging their quilts at a pre-arranged time at the conference.  I was given the name and preferences of my swap partner last fall ...

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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!  (This giveaway is now closed.)

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 ...

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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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