A friend of mine showed me a little project she was doing using Drunkard Path blocks in 1930's and 1940's reproduction fabrics. The technique was simpler than the usual two templates required for this design but she said the trouble was that she got two identical blocks with this method and she wanted to do a small project where each block was different. What to do with those extra blocks?
I realized quickly, as any good friend would, that I could help her solve that problem. So she sent me home with a pile of blocks all prepared to applique and now we each have an identical set of blocks.
Basically, you select two fabrics that you like together, cut a square and a circle out of each, ( we used a 5" square and a template for a 3" diameter circle). Applique a circle to the center of each square (we did needleturn) Now trim the completed block to 4.5" and then cut it into quarters and reassemble creating two identical blocks. I cut away the 'bottom' layer of each inner quarter circle.
The beauty of it is that there are no curved seams to sew as there are in the more typical method of making Drunkard's Path blocks.
|More typical construction method|
Two templates required
Here's my finished little quilt:
22.5" x 26"
I wrote about the design and it's relation to the Women's Christian Temperance Union in this 2011 post.
|Scrappy - Kaffe Fassett design|
32 x 45
|Dad's Plaids by Elsie Campbell|
Click here to view this tutorial which uses the more challenging and traditional curved piecing construction but at the end of the tutorial there are tons of photos of different settings...worth a look!
Have you worked with this design?
If not, I hope you are inspired to try a version of your own in the method you prefer.