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August 18, 2019
PJ 1134 In a Spin 10 from Virtual Quilter

Spent some time looking through Patchwork Jigsaws late yesterday … and tried to pick one to share. Settled on his one because I like the border, which is just a recolouring of the blocks making up the rest of the design.

I worked out a number system to keep track of the blocks … the ones with 16 squares made up of two pieces. I am now thinking that the more complex, and interesting, designs would be easier using just one of the 16 pieces, so that each piece can be twisted and turned individually, and then recoloured individually too.

That is ...

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August 15, 2019
A Really Old Quilt from Jan's Quilts

This quilt was made by my Grandmothers' Great Grandmother.  It just came into my possession via a cousin who is downsizing.  She'd listed it on Craig's List and her sister sprang into action and said she should consider giving it to me because I'm a quilter.  A few text messages and emails resulted in the quilt arriving at my house.  I assured both cousins that it would stay in the family.  It needs some TLC but it's really in good shape.

My grandmother was born in 1891.  We don't know which of her great grandmother ...

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August 9, 2019
Waves Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Waves can be scary. In 1958, a landslide triggered a 1,700+ foot wave in Lituya Bay, Alaska. And here’s the wildest part: A little fishing boat was carried atop that wave, clear up the side of the forested mountains and back. But somehow, the boat, the fisherman, and his 8-year-old son came away completely unscathed!

So, yeah, waves can be super-dee-duper scary. But Jenny’s waves? They’re just fun! Click HERE to learn how to whip up gorgeous, wavy curves using our drunkard’s path template! 

Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

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August 6, 2019
Drunkard’s Path: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Northcott fabric colour board at Clever Chameleon

Before we head down the Drunkard’s Path, let’s talk colours

Once upon a Story with Seams to be Sew

Today’s colours are brought to you by Northcott. These are the fabrics for one of my upcoming projects, and all but the brown Shadow Play (by Maywood Studio) are silky cotton fabrics by Deborah Edwards, Northcott Studio. The red, dark green, blue and purple Bold Beautiful Basics have been supplied to me specifically for the project, which is a quilt block for Marian’s Once Upon A Story Row Along at Seams to be Sew. This hop is coming up soon in September.

I love the feel ...

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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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January 28, 2019
minimal waste drunkard's path blocks from easypatchwork

Hi everyone! Thanks for dropping by. Would you like to know how to cut Drunkard's Path patches with absolute minimal waste? Does that sound interesting? Then keep on reading. About one and a half to two years ago I started making more and curved blocks and piecing them. Every time, I would do this, I would cut and make templates from Electric Quilt 8. As you know, after using cardboard

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January 12, 2019
Modern With A Twist: Drunkard's Path from madebychrissied

Aquawave Block by
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December 27, 2018
PJ 1313 Patty Jacks 11, 12 from Virtual Quilter

A basic Patchwork Jigsaw block, twist the corners around, and then move the colours around.

Two simple shapes, but a lot of possibilities to explore.

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November 18, 2018
PJ 1121 Pauline Patch 4 from Virtual Quilter

It is always interesting to see what happens when you twist and turn the four corners of blocks. I might have to try playing with just the four patches in the corners of these two blocks instead of the 16 square versions.

This reminds me that I have a photo of a real quilt to share. It is not the same block, but it is a Patchwork Jigsaw!

Thank you, Del.

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November 15, 2018
Modern Curves from The Snarky Quilter

I hereby declare this is drunkards path week. First, I featured the paintings of Luiz Zerbini. Now, I want to show you two small quilts, let’s call them quiltlets, I’ve been working on. They use the modern drunkards path block. … Continue reading

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November 12, 2018
Artistic Endeavors – Luiz Zerbini from The Snarky Quilter

Sometimes I see a painting that at first I think is a quilt, like the one below. Tatu Bola by Luiz Zerbini Recently I’ve been working with Drunkards Path blocks so that’s what immediately came to my mind. But, Tatu … Continue reading

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September 2, 2018
PJ 1234 1, 2, 3, 4 from Virtual Quilter

There are limited possibilities with this Patchwork Jigsaw block … or is there?

PJ 1234 3

I have to admit that I find this block rather uninspiring, and found it was hard work to find some designs I liked.

PJ 1234 4

I think I will retire this project file while I am ahead!

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August 31, 2018
PJ 1113 Spinners 1, 2, 3, 4 from Virtual Quilter

Almost Drunkard’s Path, but not quite.

The blocks have all the pieces arranged exactly the same way, the borders are the same, but I love the way the blocks change by playing with the colour placement.

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August 7, 2018
PJ 1121 Pauline Patch 1, 2, 3 from Virtual Quilter

PJ 1121 Pauline Patch 1

Three designs today, with the second and third simply a recolour of the first.

PJ 1121 Pauline Patch 2

Love the second one above, and I don’t even like blues!

PJ 1121 Pauline Patch 3

Now I have started looking at the Patchwork Jigsaws I really should keep playing, and sharing, these designs.

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August 6, 2018
PJ 1313 Patty Jacks 9, 10 from Virtual Quilter

PJ 1313 9

When I got interested in the Drunkard’s Path design I was working with pencil and paper, and started numbering each arrangement of the blocks according to the direction the pieces faced.

The number reference for the basic four patch used in this series is based on the block below.

PJ 1313

The number sequence runs clockwise from the top right hand corner, which makes this 4 Patch design 1313. The numbers change as this part of the design is twisted and turned.

Each design in this project file uses just the one 4 Patch twisted, turned and recoloured.

PJ 1313 10

As I introduce ...

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August 5, 2018
PJ 1133 Twisted Ribbons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 from Virtual Quilter

PJ 1133 Twisted Ribbons 1

The design above is the one which is most often called Drunkards Path.

PJ 1133 Twisted Ribbons 2

Look what happens if we add a second contrast fabric.

It sort of looks like a couple of twisted ribbons criss-crossing each other.

PJ 1133 Twisted Ribbons 3

What if I twist some blocks around … the twisted ribbons get a bit tangled!

PJ 1133 Twisted Ribbons 4

More colours … more twists and turns!

PJ 1133 Twisted Ribbons 5

Finally, more blocks to twist and turn into tangles.


I have just checked the statistics of this blog, and discovered that a few days ago I published post number 4,000!

In those 4,000 posts I have shared over 7,000 quilt designs ...

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August 3, 2018
Patchwork Jigsaw Basics 1, 2 from Virtual Quilter

Patchwork Jigsaw Basics 1

Two fabrics, two shapes equal one block.

Make the blocks small and use lots of them to make some very interesting designs.

Patchwork Jigsaw Basics 2

I use the easy no pins method to join the curves which is featured in Anita Murphy’s book, ‘Drunkard’s Path an easy no-pins technique’.

To design quilts I have always used 4 x 4 blocks, or 16 of the two piece units, but decided to try using just the one unit per block. I have learned that it takes more time this way, but it is more flexible.

This could be fun … I might have to ...

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July 1, 2018
PJ 2 Piece 1 Block Design 1, 2, 3, 4 from Virtual Quilter

24 x 24 blocks … it takes a long while to make sure all of them are facing the right way, so I am sharing all four designs now, and will then retire the project file.

The block in question is actually made up of the two pieces used in the Drunkard’s Path designs. It is actually easier to do this on paper, do a quarter of the design, copy it three times and put them together! Not as neat and pretty though!

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March 6, 2018
Island Batik Autumn Grace Collection: Entangled Paths! from Quilting Affection

This week the Island batiks are highlighting the gorgeous Autumn Grace Collection. 

The autumn grace collection brings you back to fall with the vibrant colors. 

  I have used these 6 beautiful colors from the collection in my latest quilt pattern "Entangled Paths." 

Entangled Paths is an eye-catching lap size quilt measures 64" x 76" would be great for the particular person in your life.  This exciting pattern uses a combination of the drunkard's path and rail fence blocks.  

The pattern was designed with the 6" Drunkards Path Bloc_LocⓇ Ruler, but the pattern does include templates for completing the blocks ...

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December 30, 2017
Racetrack Quilt from Fret Not Yourself

Well... I planned to think about 2018 but I'm in the doghouse. Someone has wanted a racetrack for his matchbox cars all his life. {He's two.} I have been delinquent; such a tragedy. Better get busy. {By the way, it wasn't the two-year-old who acted like a two-year-old. Just sayin'.}

I pulled novelty fabrics: race cars, space, guitars, fish, butterflies, giraffes - anything I had on hand. Then worked on arranging the colors. I thought most of my novelty prints had white or light backgrounds and was pleasantly surprised to find so many with color. {That means the ...

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