Thursday, July 2, 2015

Three-Person Drunkard's Path Variation

The other quilt I quilted for Missy was a drunkard's path variation.
I'm updating this post with a copy of the photo Missy sent me of the entire quilt.  This is not a common setting, but it's really wonderful for the visual movement and for the quilter.

Over the decades I've pieced a lot of blocks from drunkard's path variations--a lot of variations--but it's not a pattern that's on my life list for an entire quilt.

When I lived in East Tennessee, there was a quilter named Lora Creasman, who pieced nothing but drunkard's path variations, always by hand.  In fact, as recently as the fall of 2011 her work was featured in a show in her hometown.  I just did a search which led to a couple of Facebook sites that featured photos of her and her work.  I couldn't find an obituary, so I hope she's still happily piecing drunkard's path variations.

I've made several small wall quilts featuring a southern turtle block made from drunkard's path pieces, and back when I taught for the chain of fabric stores, everyone who took the comprehensive quiltmaking course learned to piece those drunkard's path curves.

These blocks were pieced a few years ago by Pat Nordstrom during her mother's long illness.  She passed the blocks on to Missy Shay, who set them together.  Sadly, I don't have a photo of the entire quilt.  I tried to get photos for several days, but inclement weather got in the way.  I let Missy know I'd really like a photo of the entire quilt, so if she sends me one, I'll update this post.

 This quilt contains a glorious compilation of fabrics.  Although I like reproduction fabrics, I'm not a big fan who recognizes all the prints that have recently been on the market.  I'm thinking some of these fabrics may be genuine 1920s and 30s fabrics since they are the same quality as the pieces in my paternal grandmother's quilt, but I could be wrong.

 In any case, the wide variety of fabrics in the quilt inspire a lot of joy.

 I had the pleasure of creating new quilting designs.

 Missy is amazingly generous, but I do hope she keeps this quilt for herself.

In all the many, many hours I spent quilting it, I never tired of admiring the huge collection of fabrics.  It's a happy, happy three-person quilt.

Happy quiltmaking,


Missy Shay said...

This is definitely a quilt that I am keeping for myself! I just love the quilting you have done on it!

bunbear said...

the quilt and quilting are absolutely beautiful!

Quilting Babcia said...

Love the way she set her blocks together and your quilted swirls and feathers are the perfect finish. Drunkards path just seems to call out for 30s repro prints.

Kathy said...

Absolutely beautiful!! Happy to see these glimpses and look forward to a full view soon.

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

That's one block I have yet to try. What a beautiful quilt!!!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Lovely quilting on Missy's quilt. The only Drunkards Path blocks I've done, was when I took a machine applique class, several years ago.

Charlotta said...

I've made two Drunkard's Path quilts and love the block. I'm intrigued by this quilt, and would love to see the whole quilt, it looks very different from either of mine!

Muv said...

Hello Dora,

What a gorgeous quilt! The prints are so pretty I could eat them. The quilting you have done is perfect, highlighting the white areas beautifully. No wonder Missy is delighted.

Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks!

Love, Muv

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