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Thread: Easy Drunkards Path, No curves to sew.

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    Senior Member Carol Wilson's Avatar
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    I recently posted my Drunkards Path Quilt which a lot of people liked but commented how difficult it would be to sew all the curves.

    I cheated, you don't need to sew ANY curves using this method.

    I used the following measurements.

    Cut 1st fabric into a 7 inch Square, mark the centre.

    Cut 2nd fabric into 4 3/4 inch circle mark the centre.

    Make yourself a 4 inch circle template using cardboard (not too stiff)

    Sew gathering stitches about 1/4 of an inch around the edge of the circle of fabric.

    Place 4 inch template inside the circle of fabric pull up the gathering stitches so it folds over the edge of your template. Press. Carefully remove the cardboard template.

    Place circle of fabric over square fabric (right sides facing up) lining up the centres.

    Machine sew or hand sew circle to square then cut into four equal parts, VOILA, no curves to sew.

    I told you I cheated, this method was invented by a lady in Western Australia many years ago.

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    Cheating can be a GOOD thing!! :D
    Thanks for the info!!!

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    I just made a baby quilt using this method. However, I didn't use the gathering stitch. I made a plastic template (heat proof), 1/4 inch smaller than my circle, and placed it on my circle pieces and "painted" the edge with spray starch. I ironed down the edges over the template and then used Sharon Schambers method of glueing down the piece, heat setting and then sewing with a tiny zigzag stitch. Came out great and was fast to do. The pattern was called Rainbow Garden and right now I don't know the author since I'm not in my sewing room.

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    Clever. Thanks for sharing.

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    thanks for the tip. fyi...how cool is it that we not only share a love of quilting but share the same name...Carol Wilson, nice to meet you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol Wilson
    I recently posted my Drunkards Path Quilt which a lot of people liked but commented how difficult it would be to sew all the curves.

    I cheated, you don't need to sew ANY curves using this method.

    I used the following measurements.

    Cut 1st fabric into a 7 inch Square, mark the centre.

    Cut 2nd fabric into 4 3/4 inch circle mark the centre.

    Make yourself a 4 inch circle template using cardboard (not too stiff)

    Sew gathering stitches about 1/4 of an inch around the edge of the circle of fabric.

    Place 4 inch template inside the circle of fabric pull up the gathering stitches so it folds over the edge of your template. Press. Carefully remove the cardboard template.

    Place circle of fabric over square fabric (right sides facing up) lining up the centres.

    Machine sew or hand sew circle to square then cut into four equal parts, VOILA, no curves to sew.

    I told you I cheated, this method was invented by a lady in Western Australia many years ago.
    Love this method I did the Eleanor Burns method with the fusible interfacing. Love your quilt. ;-) ;-) ;-)

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    Thank you sooooo much. I would never ever have thought this up in a million years. I really have to try this~

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkypig
    thanks for the tip. fyi...how cool is it that we not only share a love of quilting but share the same name...Carol Wilson, nice to meet you.
    Were you born on Christmas Day too?

    What are your dogs on your Avatar, Boston Terriers? I have Springer Spaniels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol Wilson
    Quote Originally Posted by pinkypig
    thanks for the tip. fyi...how cool is it that we not only share a love of quilting but share the same name...Carol Wilson, nice to meet you.
    Were you born on Christmas Day too?

    What are your dogs on your Avatar, Boston Terriers? I have Springer Spaniels.
    nope, born in February, yes, Boston Terriers

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    It sounds much easier than the traditional method.
    thanks,

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    thank you - that is so cool

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    Thank you, thank you. I have always loved the Drunkards Path but I dreaded those curves. I can't wait to try out your short cut. I am so glad that I discovered the Quilting Board.

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    Thanks for the great info!

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    Stitchinwitch posted this a few months ago - also a very good method.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuH3-BuSdPo

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    Thank you !

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    Now I know I am tired - - - I read the subject line and it just hit my funny bone - "Easy Drunkards Path, No Curves".

    I know, go back to sleep - - - :-)

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    Thank you so much for the info. I am for sure going to use this method, I had never tried the block before because it looked just too difficult. Thank you - thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marysewfun
    Now I know I am tired - - - I read the subject line and it just hit my funny bone - "Easy Drunkards Path, No Curves".

    I know, go back to sleep - - - :-)
    I am so glad you picked up my warped English sense of humour.

    Easy Drunkards Path, No Curves

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol Wilson
    Quote Originally Posted by Marysewfun
    Now I know I am tired - - - I read the subject line and it just hit my funny bone - "Easy Drunkards Path, No Curves".

    I know, go back to sleep - - - :-)
    I am so glad you picked up my warped English sense of humour.

    Easy Drunkards Path, No Curves
    Hah, believe me Carol, it was in jest - my husband chuckled also when he read it. Take care, and I love your idea, I will be trying it. Thanks.
    Marysewfun

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    easier doesn't mean cheating in my books...thanks for sharing...

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    Wow thanks.

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    Thank you for the great tutorial - will be bookmarking to try out at a later date

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