Going Down the Drunkard’s Path

I was really trying to be good and focusing on finishing a few things, including the Morse Stars top, before I even began to think about a new project seriously. But then I saw the announcement of the Cross the Drunkard’s Path Quilt Along on the Field Trips in Fiber blog. Even though I’ve already got one Drunkard’s Path top finished and another – no, make that two others (or is it three) on the go, I knew I had to sign up!

There is something about all the amazing possibilities with Drunkard’s Path that I can’t resist. To me, stitching a Drunkard’s Path block is like candy – I can’t have just one.


The first thing I did was start pulling fabrics. Will I finally make a classic two-colour Drunkard’s Path top using this red? That’s a real possibility and would be fun.


Or will I do a two-fabric top using these two gorgeous fabrics? That is very tempting as well.

My third choice would be a group of fabrics and make something totally scrappy. Will it be all in batiks? That’s a possibility and one that I’m going to really look at before I make the final decision on fabrics.

I’m going to use one of the Inklingo Drunkard’s Path collections to print my templates right on to the back of my fabrics.  The biggest decision now for me is which size.  I’m tempted to go with the smallest, as I do love the miniatures. But then I’m tempted to go slightly larger as that will turn into a quilt top very quickly.  I’ve already made two tops using the 2″ size. So perhaps it’s time to move up just a wee bit – maybe a 3″ or 3.5″ one. And that again will, I think, depend on which layout I decide on.

A Drunkard’s Path quilt layout like this one  is very, very appealing and would work fabulously for something slightly scrappy. I love the appearance it gives of flowers. Making a decision on layout is going to be difficult – the possibilities with Drunkard’s Path are seemingly endless. I just look at the Gallery of Quilts page of possible layouts on the Inklingo website and want to make them all – today the design in the middle of the third row up from the bottom really captured my imagination.

And I’m thinking about what fussy cutting/printing possibilities I might be able to take advantage of. This is going to be such fun!

Drunkard's Path Basket

And maybe, just maybe, this will be what finally motivates me to finish off the little project I had started with these blocks? I’m hoping that it will. That will be a bonus for me to get that top finished and, of course, to now get to play with some new ideas with Drunkard’s Path blocks! I can’t wait to dive in and get started on this.


Although I don’t expect any fabric deliveries to make my new Drunkard’s Path project, Mr. Q.O. seems to be indicating otherwise with his latest ‘toon, “Fabric Delivery.”


I don’t know what’s funnier – the look on their faces, or Mr. Q.O.’s caption for this one, “What’s dat down there, Baxie?”

9 thoughts on “Going Down the Drunkard’s Path

  1. I love the drunkard’s path too and when I saw Vicki’s post I briefly – very briefly thought about it – but I have too many started that I really need to get done with – I have to keep telling myself that!! something has to be finished I still need to start the star quilt for my granddaughter and a pillow that she wanted.


  2. Thank you for this post and for sharing all the links. Your “drunken basket” looks great … your cats too! As a beginner I’m still afraid of curves … but I’m sure one day I will try.


  3. Why not finish one of your WIP DP for this quilt along? I know, I know, there are so many wonderful ideas out there, that it is just too much fun to start a new one! And already printing off your Inklingo pieces on fabric! I love that shimmery blue/green you have pulled. I have decided on my fabric and pattern today and hope to cut and sew some tomorrow!


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