choosing fabric for quilt, vintage and reproduction prints
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Keep it Classic: Drunkard’s Path Quilt

choosing fabric for quilt, vintage and reproduction prints

In December, Lynne Goldsworthy (Lily’s Quilts) posted on Instagram that she was looking for quilt submissions to Fat Quarterly that used curved piecing. Of course, that was right for me. The bonus was that she would send interested folks a small collection of fat quarters from Jen Kingwell’s upcoming collection, “Gardenvale” for Moda. That sealed the deal for me and luckily I was one that she chose to sew for her.

The fat quarters I received are the prints at the top of the photo above:  cheery, vintage reproduction style prints. Now, you have never known me to make a quilt with reproduction prints, at least since I started this blog, but I do have a decent stash of actual vintage fabrics from earlier in my quilt life when I was in that kind of phase. I pulled these out and added a few to my Gardenvale bundle. I think that blue plaid up there is an actual vintage feedsack.

choosing fabric for quilt, vintage and reproduction prints

I seems I was on a certain track, so I kept the scrappy thing going by pulling some modern prints that I thought looked kind of vintage or at least had the same kind of vibe as the Gardenvale prints. What I love about this project so far is that it has an old-fashioned look without the too-sweet pastels or looking “old”. I like the brighter colors and variety of prints!

choosing fabric for quilt, vintage and reproduction prints

Like I said, Lynne asked for curved piecing, so I started drawing out some ideas for a design. I decided to go with a basic Drunkard’s Path block and do something creative with the setting. Drunkard’s path is such a versatile classic quilt block because there are countless ways you can rearrange the blocks to make different patterns. You could even cut them up and piece them back up to make different shapes. I really like this layout (above) and would love to make a simple scrappy quilt like this. Imagine how changing the color placement of the background could give you new shapes: you could make something super modern, classic, or a totally new design.

choosing fabric for quilt, vintage and reproduction prints

When I was making my Twirling Fans quilt, I almost set my fans like this: a basic circle with sashing. It looked so cute! In the end I went with the “twirly” design, but I still love this basic scrappy circle shape.

I guess this is just a bit of tease, because my final project won’t be revealed until it’s finished and *hopefully* published in Fat Quarterly. I did want to share these fun fabrics and my ideas for a cute, vintage scrappy quilt. For those resolving to sew your stash in 2015, the Drunkard’s Path is a great block for scrappy quilts, and for practicing your curved piecing!


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6 thoughts on “Keep it Classic: Drunkard’s Path Quilt

  1. Karen says:

    Sewing with curves like this is one thing I am yet to try. Looks like you’ll have an interesting finish.

  2. Ginny Worden says:

    I am currently working on aproject that has drunkard’s path type blocks and really enjoying it, and looking forward to more curved piecing in my future.

  3. Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy says:

    Love the colors, it’s going to look gorgeous!

  4. Ruth says:

    Love your idea with changing backgrounds, you’ve got me thinking …

  5. Pam says:

    So excited that you were chosen!

  6. Sherry says:

    I have not tried making a quilt with curved pieces. Maybe someday soon. I love the vintage look of your fabrics. Congratulations on the chance to make this project.

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