I really have been getting some sewing done! I mentioned the other day how consumed I’ve been by geneology lately. Well, I’ve also been obsessed by these new Drunkard’s Path templates I bought a couple of weeks ago. These templates are by Elisa’s Backporch Designs. They are absolutely addicting. After purchasing the 7″ set, I found that if you’re using fat quarters, you have a piece of fabric left over that’s perfect for cutting out a few more pieces with the 3.5″ set (actually, she tells you that in the pattern). Ran back to the quilt shop and purchased the 3.5″ set.
And let me mention — they may seem a little pricey, but you are getting the templates and a pattern! It’s less than you would pay for a book, and these templates are sooooo much fun. I heartily recommend them if you have been feeling kind of stale about quilting and need a new spark (cheaper than therapy and safer than a boyfriend).
And the bonus! I am using the most awful fabric (in my opinion) that’s been hidden on a back shelf because I dislike it so much. It was a several-years-ago on-line purchase, super cheap, and totally disappointing to me. (I apologize to anyone who has this fabric and loves it!) I decided to use this butt-ugly fabric as a test using these templates, just in case I couldn’t handle the curved stitching. Well, guess what? I now love this b-u fabric, and am totally loving the quilt top. Here it is, curves stitched together but rows not stitched:
I cleared 27 FQs out of the really ugly part of my stash, and am turning it into a quilt I love. Is that magic or what? Now, you may be saying to yourself, that fabric isn’t so bad…
It has gold metallic on every single piece:
It has a lot of shimmer and shine to it, bordering on well into the gaudy range. And 27 FQs will make this 60 x 67 quilt, plus a baby/toddler quilt/wall hanging as a bonus. I think the original pattern called for something like 20 FQs.
Don’t be afraid of stitching the curves. Took me two or three tries on each size before I didn’t have to rip out a pleat. Once you get the hang of it, you will have these done in no time at all. Minimal pinning!
Did I mention I LOVE these templates? Thick acrylic, you cut out several layers at a time with your rotary cutter. Use a little rotary cutter on the 3.5″ pieces. Worth every penny.
(PS: This is the layout shown on the 7″ template packaging. Of course, the possibilities are endless. This is a great FQ buster!!!)