This is a Drunkard’s Path quilt I finished last year. The top is from the late 1800’s. I cleaned up the fabric and hand quilted it.
I have seen articles written and patterns designed to avoid the “scary” curved piecing required to make the blocks. I thought I would show how to do curved piecing. I am beginning a red and white quilt so I will use it as an example.
First I have templates to cut the fabric. In the old days they would make their own template (with cardboard or sandpaper).
The secret is to line up the pieces that don’t look like they would ever fit together. Fold the pieced in half and finger press the center of each curve .
line up the creases and pin in the center (If you hate to pin this is not the block for you!)
Now add a pin to each end lining up the straight edges
Looks like a mess and you did something wrong? perfect, then its going fine.
Now starting at the pin sew a 1/4 in seam….go slow and keep lining up the 2 layers….sew with the small wedge-shaped piece on top
When its done it looks like this
Notice there is no clipping needed. Now press to the dark
That’s all there is to it. If you prefer to hand sew the idea is the same but I start sweing at the center pin and sew to one edge, then go back to the center and sew to the other edge
Here is a top I made where over 1/2 of the blocks are hand pieced and half machine pieced.
One of the silly “tricks” that I have seen (popular quilting magazine name withheld, but think pbs ) is to sew the 2 pieces together just stacked on top of each other and then cut out the extra fabric and then make coordinating bias tape, and then top stitch the bias tape over the raw edge seam. Sounds like 4 more steps than just sewing the curve the right way!
Anyway Its noting to be afraid of, either by hand or machine it’s actually an easy block to make.
Note: see my post on UFO’s for more drunkard’s path quilt layouts https://timquilts.wordpress.com/2011/03/29/ufos-not-a-new-phenomenon/