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Friday 7 September 2018

Modern With A Twist: Drunkard's Path

Aquawave Block by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Modern With A Twist: Drunkard's Path

When Benartex asked me what block I'd like to work with for their Modern With A Twist article in their latest Modern By The Yard e-zine, it was an easy ask - it had to be Drunkard's Path.

Modern With A Twist is a great, regular feature in the free e-zine - you get to see an example of how the classic block looks, and then three designers put a modern twist on it using one of Benartex's current fabric collections.

Why Drunkard's Path?

I've worked with the Drunkard's Path block several times before, and you can read about two of my earlier DP quilts here and here. The blue quilt is one of the first quilts I ever made. We learnt curves in a 2-hour class at The City Quilter in Manhattan, and I turned up 7 days later with this finished quilt - on their Facebook page, I was credited with being an over-achiever 😇.

Drunkards Path Quilt by www.madebyChrissieD.comDrunkards Path Quilt by www.madebyChrissieD.com

I've also created a reversible improv mini-quilt using Drunkard's Path that I have yet to share. This mini was displayed at the 2016 Quilt and Sewing Fest of New Jersey - part of the NYC Metro Mod Quilters Guild Paintchip Challenge exhibit.

Improv Drunkards Path Quilt by www.madebyChrissieD.comImprov Drunkards Path Quilt by www.madebyChrissieD.com

I've made no secret of wanting to explore the block further, so this was an excellent opportunity.

Fabric Choice

I chose to work with the Benartex Fandangle fabric collection by Christa Watson of Christa Quilts

And stayed within a monochrome turquoise/teal palette, teamed with a neutral light grey.

Beaded Curtain - Turquoise White
Paper Cuts - Turquoise
Triangle Trinkets - Teal
Confetti Crosshatch - Teal
Confetti Crosshatch - Light Grey

My Modern Drunkard's Path Block

This is the block I've created. I've written a short piece for the e-zine about the block and how my colour placement affects the block design.

Aquawave Block by www.madebyChrissieD.com

My Drunkard's Path Quilt Pattern

So this is how it looks when it's made up into a quilt using a straightforward 'all the blocks in the same direction' layout.

Aquawave Quilt by www.madebyChrissieD.com

The block is incredibly versatile; I've had so much fun working with it.

Watch this space for more info.

For more modern twists on Drunkard's Path blocks, free quilt patterns and projects and news about fabric, notions and more, grab a free e-zine copy of Modern By The Yard Issue #9 by clicking the link below.

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Modern With A Twist: Drunkard's Path

Aquawave Block by www.madebyChrissieD.com

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  1. What a wonderful adventure you've had with the DP block!

  2. Oh my goodness! What a fun way to create a DP! I can imagine putting the blocks on the design wall and playing with the possibilities. FUN.

  3. It looks amazing, I love the color too. Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned.

  4. This is so cool. I'm always amazed and what different patterns appear almost by magic when you change a block up just a little.

  5. Thanks for the DP inspiration, and congratulations on your inclusion in the ezine! : )


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