It’s that time of year again, book reviews! A fresh crop of books are coming out right before Fall Quilt Market and I had the pleasure of getting a sneak peek of John Kubiniec’s new book A New Spin on Drunkard’s Path. I have been in the process of working on a pattern with the drunkard’s path block, so I have been a little burnt out on sewing curves, but figured it might be helpful to read up about this style of quilting and hopefully learn some new tips and tricks. After reviewing the book and looking at all of the patterns included I just had to jump in and make something, how can you resist – it’s pretty great book.
John begins by discussing his inspiration for the book and then goes through various tools that he uses to create a drunkard’s path block, some which were new to me. He talks about how to use templates and how to make your own which I found very helpful. John then goes through how to sew the curves in the block and the biggest tip I have taken from this book is how to use a stylus to assist….game changer for me! I have had one and I had no idea to use it and how completely helpful it is! Thanks John!!
The next section of the book goes into detail on how to create the different blocks for each quilt – there are so many ways of working with the dresden block that hadn’t even crossed my mind. I would definitely consider this a great book to have if you already sew with curves as an inspiration point and reference for some fantastic patterns and also for those of you that are new to curves and need the direction on how to start which is clearly shown.
I have been looking at Christmas decorations for the past week online and have been itching to start sewing for my home so I knew I wanted to make something for my dining room. After seeing the Millstones quilt pattern I knew I wanted to sew something similar but on a smaller scale – so table runner it was!
I created three of the Millstones blocks – minus the triangle corners on the inside – set them in a row and quilted them up, viola a table runner.
While I was sewing the binding on last night I was a bit sad that I didn’t go for a full sized quilt on this one, the shapes were so much fun to sew and it was a pretty quick project.
John sent me a set of Perfect Patchwork Templates from Marti Michell (Large Drunkard’s Path Set) and they made cutting out the “L” shape and the Pie shape quick and accurate. This was the first time I had used a template with a rotary cutter and I will say it was so easy, even a beginner quilter could master it very quickly.
John’s book has a total of 12 quilt patterns that are all unique and beautiful – I have my eye on the Shaken Not Stirred quilt next, a stunning quilt in white and red solids.
You can also check out John’s talk with Pat Sloan over on the American Patchwork & Quilting Radio Show!
Thanks for stopping by today friends,
Fabric used on this project: Wrap it up / Andover Fabrics