Sunday, October 2, 2016

A New Spin On Drunkard's Path

I am happy to be taking part in John's Blog Tour for his new book 'A New Spin On Drunkard's Path' C&T Publishing 2016.

I first "met" John in 2010 as part of the McCall's Quilt Design Star. John's Round three quilt. Polaris, could have easily fit in this book with the Drunkard Path inspired border.

I've gotten to know John better over the years and recently when we both had books published through Kansas City Star Quilts.

I love how John has taken a very traditional block and given it new a life with fun settings and different and updated piecing techniques.  I'm a sucker for anything with curved piecing and there are many quilts in the book that are on my to-do list. Unfortunately, I haven't had the time yet to actually make one - BUT I have done a couple of Virtual Quilts.

One of my favorites in the book is his Nightfall Quilt. John has constructed the blocks so that there is only one curved seam to deal with. I really like that the to opposite sides of the blocks are triangles and not more curves. I think this will make these quilts appeal to the beginner and advanced quilter.

The color scheme and layout reminds me of Amish quilts, which of course I love and have inspired me. I wanted to "make" mine a little different, so I opted for a white background and a rainbow of fabrics from Heather Bailey for Free Spirit Fabrics

John has included the templates in the books which can be easily made from template plastic, or one can opt to purchase the Marti Michell template set. These templates are great to use with a rotary cutter and for quickly cut the pieces.

Another of my favorite quilts is Bowties. This quilt has a alternating layout and a wide border that would be great for a large print.

Once again, I option for a lighter background fabric and a large scale print for the border. For this quilt I used Cali Mod by Joel Dewberry for Free Spirit Fabrics. What I love about these quilts is that they can be interpreted by the maker to his or her own aesthetic.

If you have never tacked curved piecing, now is the time to try! And these quilts look great in Solids or Prints. John's instructs are clear and easy to follow (and he uses a lot fewer pins than I do!) I am looking forward to making a few of these quilts.

Now, be sure to visit all the other blogs in this post for some great inspiration and more quilts from 'A New Spin on Drunkard's Path' by John Kubiniec.

September 26, 2016
Jennifer Dick

September 27, 2016

September 28, 2016
September 29, 2016
Generation Q Magazine

September 30, 2016

October 1, 2016
Kathy Patterson   

October 2, 2016


October 3, 2016

October 4, 2016
Nicole Daksiewicz

October 5, 2016

October 6, 2016
Kim Niedzwiecki

October 7, 2016
John Kubiniec