To follow up on my Wonky Drunkard's Path quilt block tutorial, I wanted to share some layout and design ideas for these blocks. You could make any of these blocks using the wonky technique or using a more exact traditional drunkard's path. There really are so many different options for this block, it is quite amazing! In addition to the ones shown here, you can find many more with a google images search for "drunkard's path quilt design". The two blocks that I made for the bee are shown above, one with a design where all the quarter circles face inward, and one where they make diagonal lines. I played around with the block pieces before piecing them together, here are a few other possible designs:
Circles are a common drunkard's path block arrangement - you could also stagger the rows or columns of circles.
A pinwheel design.
This is the inverse of the inward facing circles design - the 1/4 circles all face outwards, creating a curved plus in the center.
You can also have all the 1/4 circles facing the same direction.
Hopefully you can start to get a sense of the wide range of possibilities from these arrangements, but I think this block gets most interesting when you use two (or more) colors, and are choosing not only the orientation of the 1/4 circles but which colors to use where for the overall design. Since my bee blocks were monotone, I drew up some sketches to show more possibilities:
These are all pinwheel variations, with the same layout but different color choices to create the different designs.
These are different layout options for diagonal designs.
The top two blocks are inward facing blocks and the bottom two blocks are outward facing blocks - although if you combine these blocks you get the inverse design at the intersection of the blocks (see 2nd picture below).
I think these inward/outward facing squares are my favorite of the layout options, you get a great overall pattern when you combine the blocks and there are so many ways to vary the design within this layout!
Here's how the design looks when you combine the inward facing blocks with the 1/4 circles colored.
And here are two more design options within the same layout - see what I mean about how there are so many ways to vary it?
As you can tell I got pretty excited about all the possibilities! I had so much fun with this, I am pretty sure I will be doing a drunkard's path design for my next quilt. Which layout/design is your favorite?
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