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If you are a beginner and love the Drunkards path quilt block, try the second method of making this block using the Quiltsmart quilt block interfacing. Super easy! See the directions for this method below the traditional method.
Tips for making the Drunkard’s Path Quilt
- Use templates for cutting. Accurate cutting is important so that the blocks come together nicely.
- Pin, pin, pin. Start at the center matching the centers. I press each piece in half to make it easy to find the exact center. Pin the center first. Then pin the outside edges. Then ease in the fabric from the concave fabric to the quarter circle fabric.
- Sew slow. This helps make sure that your seam is nice and smooth and there are no tucks or puckers.
- Press your seams. I prefer open for this block, but press to your preference. We asked quilters how they liked to press their seams in this article.
- Practice makes it easier.
Easy Way to Make the Drunkards Path Block
Quiltsmart products make difficult quilting and sewing projects much easier. And, the drunkards path quilt interfacing really did it this time! Sew much easier than sewing two curves together. With this method, you sew two seams and then appliqué with a narrow zig zag stitch. And, the finished blocks look exactly the same!
Start with the pre-printed interfacing panel. Cut apart each of the blocks.
Cut your fabric squares. Here are my piles of fabric and interfacing ready to be sewn together.
With right sides UP on both the interfacing and your fabric, begin sewing along the first stitching line.
Sew the block in a chain method, which means one after another without cutting your threads.
When you have sewn the first seam on all of the blocks, turn your chain around and sew on the second seam line. Since we haven’t cut the blocks apart, it’s super easy to just keep sewing through all of the blocks.
Once all of the blocks are sewn on both seams, put them in a bowl or basket ready for some TV time! I used my fabric bowl I made – it’s perfect to hold the blocks and my scissors.
Cut between the stitching lines on each block, forming the quarter circle and the outside L piece of the drunkards path block. As you cut them, take each piece and finger press along the seam line. Here are my finished piles of quarter circles and L’s.
Start with one of the shapes and lay one at at time on the background fabric lining up the edges.
These will be topstitch appliquéd to the background fabric. I used fine Bottom Line thread in light grey. You can use invisible thread or pick a color that matches. If you want to add more visual interest you can use a contrasting thread and a decorative stitch! Make it yours!
Set your machine for a very narrow zigzag stitch. I lengthened the stitch just a bit, too.
Sew the appliqué pieces to the background fabrics.
Sew these in a chain method, one after another.
Here is a close up of the stitching. You can see the Bottom Line thread blends right in since it is so fine.
Pile all of these back into your bowl or basket and be ready to watch some more TV or listen to your favorite podcast! Now you’ll trim away the background fabric and interfacing from each of the blocks.
Here are my finished blocks ready for pressing and the scraps of the background fabrics and the interfacing.
Press your blocks. I pressed on a teflon sheet so that if there was any remnant of the fusible interfacing it wouldn’t get on my ironing board cover.
Now is the time to have fun! Create your design with these blocks. Here are some layouts I tried on my design wall.
Creating your Drunkard’s Path
Have fun playing around with different layouts and designs. Here I was just playing with a few of the blocks I sewed together to see what looks like fun.
You can create so many fun designs with this basic block. Once you get sewing the curves down, it is a simple quilt block that can pack a punch with layouts! Some of them have official names and some are just playing around with the curves!
Here are some quilts I made a very long time ago (like over 20 years ago!) with the Drunkard’s Path Quilt pattern. It’s a classic pattern that never goes out of style. This first one I used some panels that I purchased on a trip to New Zealand in some of the parts and used different sizes of blocks.
Here are a few more:
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