Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Drunkard's Path through the Snow!

A beautiful, gorgeous flannel Drunkard's Path was displayed at last month's quilt guild meeting.
Looks difficult, but it is absolutely simple when using an ironed-flat coffee filter as a stabilizer!  
There are no points and no bias-edges to contend with here.

Here's a lovely scrappy version in table runner form!

There are sixty-five possibilities for designs from a Drunkard's Path block

The price is a very reasonable $10.00 for this edition from Pepper's website.  I left the picture sideways on purpose - it looks rather 'drunk' that way - LOL!

Once you learn the basic block, then you can create really beautiful and different designs.
You've heard that a Drunkard's Path block includes curved seams so didn't dare try it?
How about a new technique using coffee filters for stabilizer and no curved seams to stretch out?
Muriel Kissel's method (with a surprise twist) works wonderfully!
You can also try Jenny Doan's new method HERE.

Cut your "path" fabric into 8.5" x 8.5" squares.  Buy enough Bunn style coffee filters of one kind to do the entire project.  One filter will create four 'paths'.  Different brands are in different sizes, so be sure you have enough  to be able to finish the entire project.
Iron flat your coffee filters.  Center it onto the right side of your fabric square.  Sew in a scant 1/4" seam or even an 1/8" using a TINY stitch length (like 1.5) all the way around the circle.

Now cut your 8.5" square into four equal parts!

Iron the pie wedges flat with a dry iron.

Using a wooden turning stick or a new purple "Thang", turn the pie wedges right side out.

Gently tear away or cut away the coffee stabilizer from the back of the pie wedge.

Now place and pin your prepared pie wedge onto your pre-cut square of background fabric, making sure the the corner matches nicely.

Sew down with corners matching, right side up, using your favorite applique stitch.

At this stage, you can either leave the entire 6" x 6" background fabric in tact (for stability), or you may cut away the background fabric that remains behind the pie wedge (if you are using heavy or bulky material, for example).

The example above shows a person who cut the excess away.

Iron your completed 6" x 6" block flat.

Design Wall Challenge:

Make several and then decide what design you'd like to use by searching Google Images or getting ideas from Pepper Cory's book.

Please leave a comment letting me know if you're going to give it a try!

Best Wishes,


April 14, 2013 pictures of my hometown's Main Street:

Great weather for quilting!


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