Friday, October 7, 2016

"A New Spin on Drunkard's Path" Blog Tour

I was really flattered and excited to be asked to be a part of the blog tour by my friend and fellow quilter, John Kubiniec, to coincide with the release of his new book, A New Spin on Drunkard’s Path available from C&T Publishing. But I have to start out by saying I’ve never actually made a Drunkard’s Path. Don’t let this minor detail keep you from reading on because I really want you to know about this book.

If you came to quilting from garment sewing, as I did, you probably conquered your fear of sewing curved seams long ago. I enjoy working with curved seams when I have the time to put just a little bit more effort into my sewing sessions than what it takes to make a project with all straight-seamed piecing. If you’re a novice quilter with no experience in stitching curves, I’d be willing to bet you’re more than a little intimidated. But thanks to the clear and concise instructions in John’s book, I think it’s time you give curves a try. Drunkard’s Path curves are among the easiest and once you have this basic technique under your belt, you’ll be ready to take on some of the more complex patterns involving the types of curved seams that you could only manage to envy from afar, heretofore.

John credits a good deal of his success to using acrylic templates. They make cutting the Drunkard’s Path patches much easier. For all of the quilts featured in his book, he used the Large Drunkard's Path Set by From Marti Michell. Marti is another greatly-respected friend and I can personally attest to the accuracy and quality of the From Marti Michell products.

I credit an even greater portion of John’s success as a quilter and an artist to his willingness to jump outside the box for inspiration and to take a simple block in so many directions in search of yet another striking composition. Not only has he assembled a collection of 12 really innovative, impactful and interesting options, he’s offered multiple variations of each, generating so many possibilities in the colorful 82-page book. In A New Spin on Drunkard’s Path, I know you’ll find inspiration for your own journey into the realm of the Drunkard’s Path with the examples such as these:


TEST PATTERN
63˝ × 63˝
I love the spinning pinwheel or windmill look of this one. 
 John calls it "Test Pattern" and I can see that, too.


BEACH BALLS
66˝ × 84˝
I was excited to see what he had come up with when he told me one of the quilts in the book was made with prints from my Basically Patrick collection. I think "Beach Balls" is a particularly playful design and a great use for the colorful ball prints atop the sandy beach background.


 SHAKEN NOT STIRRED
48˝ × 48˝

I'm always a sucker for a red-and-white quilt, and this is sharp one!


BOWTIES
86˝ × 92˝
 It might surprise those who know me, but this is actually my favorite of John's Drunkard's Path quilts from the book. There's a "motion" to the blocks that almost undulates across the quilt in every direction. But, probably best of all, look at all of the color possibilities!


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Many thanks to John for including me in his blog tour and to thank you all for taking the time to check out his great book, we'd like to have a drawing here. John and C&T Publishing are giving away an awesome prize package of a copy of his book and a set of the Large Drunkard's Path Set by From Marti Michell. U.S. resident winners will receive a hard copy of the book and international winners will receive a digital copy. In addition, Patrick Lose Fabrics is giving away a 6 pack Basically Patrick FQ Bundle of Fun™ to help start you off on a Drunkard's Path! That didn't sound quite right but....sound off below for a chance to win :)

All you have to do is tell us in a comment below which of the quilts shown in this post is your favorite! Please give us your answer by midnight EST on Sunday, October 9th to be eligible.

Although today is the last day of the blog tour, be sure to check out the other bloggers who had great things to say about our friend, John, and his book A New Spin on Drunkard’s Path . You may even find more giveaways on their blogs! Good luck!


September 26, 2016
Jenifer Dick
C&T Publishing

September 27, 2016
Sara Lawson
Heather Kojan


September 29, 2016
Teri Lucas
Bonnie Hunter



October 2, 2016
Carl Hentsch



October 5, 2016
Marti Michell
Debby Brown


October 7, 2016
Patrick Lose
John Kubiniec





56 comments:

  1. Shaken Not Stirred is great, I love red:)

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  2. My eyes bounce between test pattern and the one you like{bowties}...They both make me want to stop everything and get started on them... ty for your insite on this book... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  3. Shaken Not Stirred has been a favorite of mine since I saw it in a magazine a few years ago. It is definitely on my list!

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  4. Shaken and stirred...red and white...then Bow ties...colourful...are my favourites! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  6. I LOOOOVE the "Bowties"!!! (Love the Scrappy look!!) "Shaken Not Stirred" is the close second fave!! Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too!! :)

    (Also..love watching you on Fons & Porter...on PBS channel!)

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  7. Shaken Not Stired but I really like Bow Ties too. I can't choose. Great book.

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  8. I really like Shaken Not Stirred but Bow Ties is a close second. Great book.

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  9. I guess I have my new granddaughter on my mind, I think Beach Balls would make a great happy quilt for this new little girl!

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  10. Beach balls is my favorite of these...but I like them all!

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  11. My favorite is a toss-up between Test Pattern and Beach Balls...

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  12. I could see myself trying the shaken not stirred pattern.

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  13. Shaken Not Stirred is my favorite.

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  14. I love the Bowties quilt, as I often do a lot of scrappy quilts! This book looks so inspiring! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  15. Bowties is my favourite. I love the scrappy effect

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  16. I'm in love with Bowties as well. It really does have movement.

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  17. I think I like Bowties best. So colorful!

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  18. The bowtie variation looks like great fun.

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  19. I like the Beach Balls pattern out of the ones you mentioned. I like Snake in the Grass best of all (seen on other blog posts this week)!

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  20. I like the bow ties with the black cradling the fun cheerful colors. Then I would make the stirred not shaken in blues and white. After that I would use the templates to make my own design, so much sewing fun. Thanks for giveaway.
    djcutting2 at gmail dot com

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  21. So very hard to pick just one but I love Test Pattern!
    Thanks for the give-away!

    Barb Olivieri

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  22. Bowties is my favorite quilt, probably in this entire book! I've enjoyed it every time it's been shown on this blog hop. It's a great quilt design for using up scraps and I've got plenty to make one...or two! I'd really like to have this book.

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  23. I like Bow ties. I like the black background that makes it stand out. Thank you! tljeo(at)yahoo (dot)com

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  24. Bow ties is my favorite quilt. But Beach Balls is cute too.

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  25. Bowties - I like the scrappy-ness.

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  26. I really like the Bowties quilt, and the Test Pattern! Great book! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  27. for me, it's test pattern! that has so much movement and i love the simplicity of only the two colors! thanks for the chance to win!
    B. Bailey
    (salim3796 at yahoo dot com)

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  28. having trouble making a comment... hope this prints! i love test pattern the best - it has such movement and playfulness.

    Brenda Bailey (salim3796 at yahoo dot com

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  29. I love 'shaken not stirred' the border is my favorite part

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  30. I too like red and white so Shaken not Stirred is my pick and a toss up to the Beach Balls. They are all great and a challenge to try.

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  31. I love the Bow Ties because it reminds me of my Dad who always wore one. Drunkards Path is also a favorite.

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  32. All of the quilts are stunning. But Shaken Not Stirred is a stand out for me. Truly inspiring!

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  33. Wonderful sounding book. Must put it on my WishList. My favorite is probably Test Pattern. So simple but so complex looking. Love it. (But the Red and White is also stunning.......)

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  34. My favorite is the spinning pinwheel or windmill. Thank you for the introduction.

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  35. What a great book! So many patterns to choose from and each one is wonderful. My favorite from this post is Bow Ties but I love the simplicity of Beach Balls. Thanks for the chance. Rina edrin1932(at)gmail(dot) com

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  36. I agree with you that the bowties is my favorite. It just feels so much more artistic than most commercial patterns. Simple shapes but with a twist and turn of colors that adds movement and depth. I would love to try these curves! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  37. Shaken not stirred. But Beach Balls is a close second!

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  38. I like Bow Ties the best. Great looking book.

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  39. Very creative ways to use the drunkards templates. Cheers

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  40. Patrick, I like Beach Balls because it's not obvious that it's made with drunkard's path. Very unusual! richreword at yahoo dot com

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  41. I like the Beach Balls quilt, it really caught my eye.

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  42. It's a hard choice. I'm torn between Beach Balls and Shaken Not Stirred.

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  43. I like Bow Ties, but the others look good, too!

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  44. I thought I already commented, but I can't find it anywhere. So I hope I'm not to late to try again.

    My favourite quilt in this post is Bowties.

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