Monday, May 30, 2011

Monday Design Wall - Drunkard's Path

The Drunkard Path can be easy -- I still use the "old fashioned" method (with a little rotary help) -- and NO PINS! Already on hand, I used a pattern which finished a 3" block. I enlarged the two pattern units A & B (without seam allowance) on a copy machine to 6", then added the 1/4" seam allowance.

I glued the A & B pattern units to card board stock and cut out.





Cut 6 1/2" strips (WOF) from both the white and med-dark fabrics. Placing the "A" template on the strips and traced. I was able to cut 8 units per strip. What you don't see are the two layers of med-dark under the white.




For the "B" unit, use 4 1/2" strips, same method --- trace and cut.



Now -- a closeup of the TWEEZERS -- my favorite tool. I notch the curved center of both A & B units. starting from the top, I sew VERY slowly and if I am "off", I will see it by mid-way (the notches need to line up midway). Admission: "I did have to use the ripper 3 times"! Not bad on all the ones finished.

For more Design Walls -- visit Judy at Patchwork Times.





12 comments:

Krista said...

Thanks for the tutorial. One day I hope to get enough nerve to do a drunkard's path myself. Your quilt is lovely.

Sarah Craig said...

I've got the Drunkard's Path die for my Go Cutter, but haven't had a chance to use it. I think I'm intimidated by the curves, but maybe your beautiful quilt will get me off the dime!!! Thanks for sharing!!

Donna said...

Very nice. I made a wall size version in blues and creams several years ago. The pattern is such a classic. It's one of my all-time favorites.

Kate said...

Your Drunkard's Path reminds me of vines, very cool looking.

Jennifer Woo said...

Love it, looks great. I did a drunkard's path years ago and I think I might be ready to do another one after seeing yours.

Lizziebeth said...

Very pretty Jamie but I don't like curves. LOL Love your colors.

Kare said...

Great Quilt! Love the header too!

Amy said...

Beautiful quilt! I like your choice of colors.

Quiltjane said...

Curved piecing with no pins is such a triumph. It looks fantastic.

Quilter Kathy said...

Very cool tip about using the tweezers!

AnnieO said...

Templates and tweezers, check! Thanks for showing how to do it right :)

Marti said...

Great tutorial, thank you! I'm going to bookmark this post for the WiP I gave up on a few years ago.