Get ready to conquer curves! I wanted to try a totally fun modern version of Drunkard's Path that could be used a million different ways. I've been seeing so many gorgeous and modern drunkard's path quilts on Pinterest lately that I made a board for them too.
So I went to work to create a drunkard's path unit that had the curve going all the way from one side to the other. If you sew two units together perfectly the curves can 'kiss' eachother at the edges. But who cares about sewing each piece perfectly? That's not the point, I just wanted to point out what my intention was. I am not a perfect quilt piecer and I'm just fine with that.
This big modern drunkard's path unit finishes at 6'' square and is perfect for making all of the quilts and blocks on my drunkard's path pinterest board.
Because it is such a big curve, the tricky part is not sewing the curved seam, it's actually those little white ends at the corners. But the extra effort is worth it for such a sweet block!
The bright and adorable fabrics I used are See You Later by Maude Asbury for Blend Fabrics. I have never seen such adorable birds!
In our Classic Blocks: Fresh Fabric sewalong this month someone will win a sweet bundle of 8 See You Later fat quarters! All you'll need to do to enter is sew up one Drunkard's Path unit or block (or more) and upload a picture below.
Are you ready? As I mentioned, my drunkard's path unit (free template here) finishes at 6'', so if you want to make a 12'' block, just sew 4 of them together. Above are some ideas.
I sewed sixteen 6 1/2'' squares together - 8 drunkard's path units and 8 print squares to make huge flower blocks. This is the throw quilt I'm planning.
For our sewalong, you can make how ever many drunkard's path units you want using whatever fabrics you want - so get creative. I can't wait to see!
I made a free printed template for you... Download it from my Craftsy shop here.
The template has a big curved piece and a small curved piece.
If you are only making one drunkard's path unit, you'll need two 6 1/2'' squares of fabric.
If you are making lots of units, cut your fabric into 6 1/2'' strips.
Print the templates out at 100% (no enlarging or reducing). Cut them out along the outer lines. Both templates should fit a 6 1/2'' strip or square perfectly. The inner lines are the stitching lines. If you flip the templates around you should be able to get 5 big curved pieces or 10 small ones from a 40'' long strip of fabric.
Marking the fabric:
Don't worry - no pencils or fabric pens. I marked all of my pieces with my fingernail or my iron. It's fast and easy.
Fold each large piece in half twice like an ice cream cone and use your fingernail or an iron to crease the folds near the edge.
Do the same thing with the smaller piece, marking it into quarters.
Pin the fabrics right side together, matching the center folds first.
Then continue to pin at each fold mark. I also like to place pins in between the marks for a total of 9 pins in each unit.
Take care at the start to ensure that the small end piece lines up correctly.
After that, sewing the curved seam from pin to pin is easy.
At the other small end, use your fingernail or a stiletto tool to help the edges line up.
Tip: This block really works best when sewing a scant 1/4'' seam.
When I was sewing a whole bunch of these, I also found it easier to sew with the smaller piece on the bottom. I know that sounds crazy so I hope you try it and let me know which way is easier for you... tell us in the comments!
Press the seam gently toward the darker fabric and your beautiful curved seam is done! A spritz of starch or Best Press will help the seam lay perfectly flat.
I've got half of my blocks sewn for my Big Modern Bloom Quilt with Drunkard's Path units. Wish me luck that I can finish it soon!
Join our sewalong below for your chance to win the sweet bundle of See You Later fat quarters from Blend Fabrics. All you have to do to enter is upload a picture of your Drunkard's Path block or unit below. I'll choose the winner at random around August 3oth. Make sure you enter your correct email address - that's how I'll notify the winner.
Please note: You don't need to have a blog or enter a link to join our sewalong. The 'Link' field is optional.