Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Drunkard's Path QAL: Assembling your quilt top

So here we are, at the final post in the QAL instructions - and it's really not too complicated. To finish your quilt top, go ahead and sew together the blocks or strips/rows that you pieced, following the same general approach that I described in the last post, about assembling your blocks.  Many of you have already moved right along to this step, and have your tops all finished up already, great work!  It has been so fun seeing your quilts come together. 

Since we are both running a bit behind, and guessing that some of you may be too, Kristie and I decided to add another week to the schedule before we post the link-up to show off your finished quilt top - it will not be posted on Monday, November 28th.  We'll leave it open a week to give everyone lots of time to pop by and link up their finished quilt top, and then we'll draw for the great prizes from Fabric Shoppe and Fresh Squeezed Fabrics on Monday, December 5th... so make sure you finish up your quilt top and then come back to link up!

As far as where I am in my sewing... I finished sewing, ironing and trimming all my 1/4 circle blocks on Friday, and then spent some time mulling the different layout options.  I thought that I wanted to go with a scalloped or wavy line design, but when I tried laying out the blocks, I just wasn't feeling it.

Pink Scallop

I even tried laying out almost all the blocks in this design below - and it just felt to rainbow-y for this quilt, which we plan to use on our couch.  Also I guess I think that this would look better on a larger scale, it just makes the blocks feel to small I think.

Rainbow wiggle

Inspired by this quilt, which I saw linked to somewhere recently and now can't remember where it was, I tried a similar design (the same layout, but my + blocks are the inverse of the way they did it), and I decided to go with this.  My plan is to have the colors more interspersed with eachother rather than in rainbow order, which should help make it feel less rainbow-y.  I also appreciate that this means that I can just sew each set of four 1/4 circles into a small block and not try to keep track of the larger design until later!

cross and O design

I have been sewing away and getting this assembled, so stay tuned for the finished quilt top!

{This post is part of the Drunkard's Path Quilt-Along that I am hosting with Kristie from OCD.  Check out my Drunkard's Path QAL page for the schedule and links to the posts so far, and feel free to join in any time!}


  1. Hi Kate! I'm in love with your Drunkard's Path blocks and your quuilt is going to be adorable!
    xxx Teje

  2. Oh wow, the rainbow layout is pretty darn amazing! I can understand not going with it... but these blocks are so darn flexible! Really enjoyed watching your through your process and I think I will be starting one of these in the new year!

  3. I get what you mean about the "rainbow" layout, but I really love the asymmetrical waves you had going there. Did you try that layout with the colors all mixed up instead of in rainbow stripes? The new layout is going to be pretty, too. You have so many possibilities!

  4. I'm excited to see what your + and o top is going to look like!

  5. I can't wait to see all of your blocks put together! I am set on my layout for this one but there are so many other variations that I may have to make more than one using this block.

  6. Looking good, my friend! I love that inspiration quilt as well :)

  7. Gorgeous! I think it will look great :) I like the rainbow one too but I can see it might get a bit much somehow. I am having SO much fun doing this QAL, the sewing and trimming went so much faster than I expected, I'm just making up my blocks now :) Thanks for all the great inspiration and I'm so glad I joined in :)

  8. thank-you, thank-you, thank-you for the extra week! you are lifesavers!

    the plus & circle setting is an interesting option i hadn't seen before - you keep us supplied with so much great inspiration!


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