Another Drunkards Path Quilt

I enjoyed making the red and cream quilt so much, that I decided that I would use the same pattern to make a wedding quilt for my niece, Nicole.  This one is queen sized.

Nicole's Quilt

Nicole’s Quilt

I again made it scrappy because I am really trying to use up my stash.  Nicole said she liked olive green  so I incorporated that in the border.  I thought blue and green would make a nice color palette for the quilt.  I had fun with the custom quilting.IMG_0785IMG_0786IMG_0787On the back, I added some blocks I had made in an improvisational piecing class taught by Jackie Gehring.    Who says the back should be boring?IMG_0792 IMG_0793IMG_0796Congratulations to Nicole and Josh!  They were married November 15, 2014.  And I’m happy to say the quilt was finished in time so that they could open it on their wedding day.IMG_0789



A Quilt for Me!


Pam’s drunkards path quilt

Being a professional machine quilter, I do a lot of quilting.  But rarely are the quilts mine.  I finish other people’s quilts.  I started this quilt way back in July, I think.  I start LOTS of quilts.  They don’t always get finished.  This one did!  And it is just for me!  I wanted something warm to cuddle up in when I’m watching TV.

It make it extra warm, I added wool batting and backed it with a cuddly fleece.IMG_0851

You may recognize this pattern from an earlier post.  The setting is a variation using the curved drunkard’s path block.  All the fabrics were from my stash, so this was stash busting!   Those cream colored “paths” were just screaming for some feathers.IMG_0844 Of course since it’s my quilt, I quilted my name in the center.

It looks great on my new sofa.  And yes, it is very warm.IMG_0836

Drunkard’s Path with Pepper Cory

So what do you do when you have LOTs of different fabrics?  Make a scrappy quilt!IMG_0592

Pepper Cory, a guest quilt artist at our guild this week literally wrote the book on the Drunkard’s Path Block.  I have always wanted to play with curved seams, so I took her one day workshop on Wednesday.

.Drunkard's Path book

Pepper has been quilting since the late 70’s.   She showed us a lot of options for using this curved seamed block–sometimes combining it with other blocks.  Here are some of the quilts she showed us in class that she has made.

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Love the colors in this one!IMG_0804

With 3″ blocks.IMG_0805

Larger with 6″ blocksIMG_0806 Sampler blocks.  Lots of interesting combinations. IMG_0809

Pepper has been quilting since the late 70’s.  Here she is giving some feedback on one of my classmates’ block combinations.  Despite this this poor picture, she really was happy about it!


I decided to use all my reds and creams to make a scrappy quilt.  I’ve just sewn enough blocks to lay out the center.  The individual blocks are 8″–which makes the curved piecing rather easy.  When finished it will have 8 blocks across and 8 down.  Then I will think about a border.  So it will become a generous lap quilt for my new sofa.   This way of configuring the blocks has several names:  Love Ring, Lone Ring, Nonesuch, Rippling Waters, Jig Saw Puzzle or Ozark Puzzle–just to name a few. Trying to figure out how all the names came to be would be another puzzle!  Pepper actually does give a lot of the history of this block and it’s variations  in her book.

working on a curved seamed quilt

I’m determined that this will NOT become another UFO!  Stayed tuned.  This one WILL get finished before my next guild meeting (I hope!).