Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Drunkard's Path Block Variations

Drunkard's Path bee blocks

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.

Drunkards path circles

A pinwheel design.

Drunkard's path pinwheel

This is the inverse of the inward facing circles design - the 1/4 circles all face outwards, creating a curved plus in the center.

Drunkards Path outward facing arcs

You can also have all the 1/4 circles facing the same direction.

Drunkards path same orientation

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.

Drunkard's Path Sketch - Pinwheel blocks

These are different layout options for diagonal designs.

Drunkard's Path Sketch - Path Blocks

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).

Drunkard's Path Blocks - Circles blocks

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!

Drunkards Path - Circles arranged

Here's how the design looks when you combine the inward facing blocks with the 1/4 circles colored.

Drunkards Path Sketch - Circles combined

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?

Drunkards Path Sketch - and more circles

Drunkard's Path Sketch - more circles

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?

I'm linking up to Quilt Story's Fabric Tuesday:

Fresh Poppy Design


  1. Love all that yellow! Those are my type of fabrics!

  2. Love the post and seeing all of the different combinations you can do. I also love the fabric choices and I am sure the pattern would look so different with more contrasting fabrics. What are you going to do next?

  3. My fav is the fourth one from the bottom. What a fun block to play with!

  4. I'm impressed with all of those options. I've not played with drunkard's path but now you have me intrigued.

    Stopping in from Fabric Tuesday. My link is http://carolburris.com/quilting/another-mini-quilt-top/ ‎

  5. Wow, so many to choose from! I think my favorite is the fourth one from the bottom, the one that you like the best too. Very cute!

  6. This is so great - thanks for sharing all these fun combinations!

  7. so pretty with all that yellow! such happy blocks!!!

  8. Wow - that is what i call patience! It is great too see the variations :)

  9. So very very cool! I love it, I'm glad you linked to the block link-up so I can reference this later!! Thanks for linking to Quilt Story :)


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