Saturday, October 1, 2016

A New Spin On Drunkard's Path

*******Don't Miss The Contest At Bottom Of This Blog Post*******

Curved seams scare inexperienced quilters. There's something about NOT sewing in a straight line that's inherently frightening, and fear of curved seams keeps many quilters from expanding their design choices and making lots of fun, exciting quilts.

That's why I'm so happy to be part of John Kubiniec's blog tour featuring his new book for C&T Publishing, A New Spin On Drunkard's Path.


John's book has EXCELLENT illustrated instructions for making Drunkard's Path Blocks, which are based on the curved seam. It also includes many variations on the block, with limitless possibilities for quilt designs, plus 12 complete quilt patterns for those who prefer to follow tested instructions to making up their own patterns. All the instructions, i.e. text, diagrams, and photos, are clear, concise, and easy to understand.

John recommends using purchased acrylic templates for cutting Drunkard's Path patches, especially if you're making more than a couple of blocks. His favorite set, and the one used to make all the quilts in the book, is the Large Drunkard's Path Set by From Marti Michell. John sent me a set of these templates to try out, and I LOVE how they eliminate cutting concave (innie) curves, which is almost impossible with a rotary cutter. That's right - both the L-shaped patches and the pie-shaped patches for Drunkard's Path Blocks can be cut as convex (outie) curves, when you know the trick! For those of us who are spatially challenged (I totally flunk this part of every IQ test), the illustrations and diagrams in both John's book and the template set make this very clear and give you a real "aha!" moment!

Adding curved lines to your patchwork designs takes creativity to a whole new level. Whether you're interested in learning this technique to improve your own quilt designs, or in making awesome quilts from already-tested designs, you owe it to yourself to check out this book, now available in quilt shops and on John's website.

Our blog tour includes lots of photos of quilts from the book, sample blocks other bloggers have made, tips for using die cuts to create similar blocks, and so much more. Click through the following links to read it all, and to enter everywhere you go for a chance to win prizes!

September 26, 2016
Jennifer Dick   www.42quilts.com

September 27, 2016

September 28, 2016
 
September 29, 2016
Generation Q Magazine http://generationqmagazine.com

September 30, 2016

October 1, 2016
Kathy Patterson  http://hillstreetquilts.blogspot.com   YOU ARE HERE

October 2, 2016

October 3, 2016

October 4, 2016
Nicole Daksiewicz www.modernhandcraft.com/blog

October 5, 2016

October 6, 2016
Kim Niedzwiecki http://www.gogokim.com

October 7, 2016
John Kubiniec https://www.bigrigquilting.com/blog/

Now, how about a giveaway from Hill Street Quilts? Everyone is eligible to enter. C&T Publishing will send a free copy of A New Spin On Drunkard's Path to the winner (a hard copy will be sent to any domestic US winner while an electronic copy will be sent to the winner if outside the US). Additionally, John will send a Large Drunkard's Path Set of Marti Michell Templates to the giveaway winner. Two great prizes to one lucky winner!

To enter, leave a comment below by midnight October 7, 2016, making sure I can see your email address. Winner name will be drawn on October 8 and notified by email with subject line beginning YOU WON. Winner must claim prize within 24 hours, or a new name will be drawn, so watch your email. Best of luck to all who enter!

57 comments:

  1. I could really use this book and the templates! I was just cutting curves yesterday and not doing a very good job of it. aevrard(at)rcn(dot)com

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  2. i have not tried a Drunkards path block. Thanks for the chance to win

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  3. Adding an entry for Patricia Schroll, who couldn't get the comment function to work.

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  4. How cool! Recently have done a flowering snowball and a double wedding ring, time to move up to the Drunkard's Path.

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  5. Would love to try curved piecing and create one of John's quilts. Thanks.
    djcutting2 at gmail dot com

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  6. I love DP block and I know this is a great book. I need a copy for our Quild library. Jmikebalou (at) aol (dot) com

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  7. Love this block and the many options I've seen for it. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy of the book.

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  8. Looks like an awesome book!! Thanks for the chance to win a copy! lstangl482 at aol dot com

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  9. I love the quilt on the cover. Although I am one of those people who is afraid of curved seams, I sure would love to try.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  10. Love this. Would love to try it. tljeo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. I've done a few curved blocks but not a whole quilt. Mostly I've done them by hand. I love Marti's templates. They do make cutting lots of pieces easier.

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  12. I think the book looks wonderful - thanks for the giveaway

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  13. This is going to be such a successful book! Curves are easy to make and fun to help create new looks in our quilting. Thanks for the giveaway, hope to win.

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  14. Beautiful book! Can't wait to brush up on my curved piecing skills. Melissagerber93@gmail.com

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  15. I am becoming a better sewist with curved piecing. I love the look of DP blocks and the variety of ways they can be arranged. This would be a great book to have and learn more!

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  16. I agree curved piecing is very intimidating...So very interested in this book.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  17. Interesting book! Hope I can win a copy and the templates. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  18. I love curved piecing. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  19. Great looking book! Love Marti's templates! Thanks for the chance!

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  20. Thank you Kathy and John! I bought the book for my guild library, and it is great! I would love to win a copy for myself, and the templates too.

    paulamb at shaw dot ca

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  21. This looks like a book I need --- I have never done curved piecing on a quilt! Thanks for the giveaway. cotten.gloria@gmail.com

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  22. I love this book. DP is such a great block and John has done right by it.

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  23. Looks like such a great book. I'd love to give this a try!

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  24. Looks like such a great book. I'd love to give this a try!

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  25. So many beautiful quilt designs in this book! John will be our guest at our May guild meeting!

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  26. I have always wanted to do a drunkard path quilt.

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  27. Thanks for the explanation of the templates. I've been looking at those online and wondering how that worked! Thanks for the chance to win.
    rpsandbag at gmail.com

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  28. I'm intrigued to see the projects in the book!

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  29. This has been a fantastic blog hop. I've never attempted a Drunkard's Path before and didn't know there were so many variations. Thanks for the giveaway. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

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  30. I'd like to try this technique. I love the different versions.

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  31. So many new projects to plan after seeing this block hop. I've been using Drunkard's Path for my last two projects, a table runner and a quilt for a wedding present.
    Rosemary

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  32. I have never done any curved piecing--after seeing the quilt the this blog hop, I think I Should try

    sharongalli@gmail.com

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  33. This book looks wonderful. Would love to win it! lynnstck@yahoo.com

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  34. I love this pattern! I have made a couple simple Drunkard's Path quilts and would like to make more. This book sounds great!

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  35. Since I started using my Curvemater foot, I enjoy curved piecing and would look forward to trying out new patterns from this book. Thanks for the chance to enter.

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  36. I need to work more on my curved piecing, and this book would be perfect!

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  37. Would love to win this book &/or the template set!

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  38. Would love to learn this method and make these beautiful quilts.

    Thanks for a chance to win. Awesome giveaway! Fingers crossed ;-D

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  40. This book looks AWESOME!!!! & the Templates!! Oh my!! Thank you sooooo much for chance to win your Give-a-way!! :)
    bearpaws9(at)copper(dot)net

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  41. Would love to win a copy of this wonderful book. As a beginner quilter I have nit worked with curves yet-but very interesting to try. Thank you, Susan spierssusan52@gmail.com

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  42. Love this book with all the pretty patterns! I like curved blocks.

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  43. I'd love to win this book. Drunkard's Path has always been a favorite block to me - so versatile! the book is gorgeous. thanks for the chance to win. ps - having a lot of trouble posting my wordpress name so if it comes out "anonymous," please know that I tried several times! B. Bailey
    salim3796@yahoo.com

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  44. This looks like the perfect book for me since I'm terrified of curved seams! Thanks for your review and the chance to win!

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  45. I am new to quilting and would love to learn

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  46. I am new to quilting and would love to learn

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  47. This looks like a fabulous book. Thanks for the chance to win it!

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  48. This looks like a great book with lots of design ideas! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  49. I am just getting into curved piecing, so this looks like a great book to work on that even more! Thanks for the chance to win! jenniferk2p2 at gmail.com

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  50. I am just getting into curved piecing, so this looks like a great book to work on that even more! Thanks for the chance to win! jenniferk2p2 at gmail.com

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  51. I am absolutely intrigued by this book. I would love to win!

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  52. I love Marti's templates and the quilts he did are GREAT!

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  53. I love Marti's templates and the quilts he did are GREAT!

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  54. Love the quilts but also your appliqué. My fav technique

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