Book Review – A New Spin on Drunkard’s Path by John Kubiniec



I have always loved the look of Drunkard’s Path quilt blocks and their infinitely varied layouts but over the years some of my attempts at making them have been frustrating. I have cheated and used interfacing or bondaweb appliqué blocks covered with embroidery stitches and thrown away many blocks where the two pieces just would not meet, even using a special designed-for-curved-piecing foot.


Long, long ago…

Thanks to lots of practice and a certain amount of time watching YouTube demos, I have now conquered most of my demons about curved piecing but freely admit that there are times when a certain amount of fudging goes on!

ccnx-copy Celtic Connections – yurt panel pieced and quilted by Linzi Upton


Slinky – yurt panel (pieced by Corey Starkey, quilted by Linzi Upton)


Sam’s Quilt – pieced and quilted by Linzi Upton




When fellow Bernina longarm ambassador, John Kubiniec asked me to review his book, A NEW SPIN ON DRUNKARD’S PATH I was intrigued to see what his method would be to crack the devilishly difficult Drunkard’s Path blocks. The layout and explanations in the book are very clear and as an Instruction-Phobe like me that is high praise;) Most importantly, the templates are a SENSIBLE size. This means that the curve is not too sharp or short so you stand a far better chance of easing in that curve! John writes, “ If you detest curved piecing, I hope these patterns will entice you to give it a try and that my techniques will help you conquer your fears. If you already love curved piecing, the variations and patterns will help you explore new design possibilities.”

John very sensibly recommends using at least 3 pins but I chose to ignore that sage advice and still managed to make well behaved DP units.

I was only going to make one or two units to test the instructions but I very quickly found myself making 16 units to make a giant DP block and because my mental arithmetic failed me, I accidentally cut out enough for 2 giant blocks so I found myself making a trip to the fabric shop for more black in order to make an entire, impromptu quilt.


Giant DP block made in less than one hour!

If I had had enough black at home I reckon I could easily have run up a quilt top in a day. I seem to have become slightly addicted to making John’s quick and easy DP units as I have now have plans to add a “snake in the grass” style border!


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 The blog tour 
September 26, 2016 Jenifer Dick

C&T Publishing
September 27, 2016 Sara Lawson

Heather Kojan
September 28, 2016 Bill Volckening

McCall’s Quilting


September 29, 2016 Teri Lucas

Bonnie Hunter
September 30, 2016 made by ChrissieD

LoveBug Studios
October 1, 2016
Kathy Patterson

Teresa Coates
October 2, 2016 Carl Hentsch
October 3, 2016 Generation Q Magazine

Lisa Calle
October 4, 2016 Linzi Upton

Nicole Daksiewicz
October 5, 2016 Marti Michell

Debby Brown
October 6, 2016 Melody Crust

Kim Niedzwiecki
October 7, 2016 Patrick Lose
John Kubiniec

About thequiltquine

Quirky Quilter in Scotland Creator of The Quilted Yurts, Patchwork Smart Car, Metallic Norse Wholecloths, Coracle, Quilted Henge, Quilting Tutor & Speaker, Occasional Pig-Keeper, Primary School Teacher, Mother, Writer, Landrover Enthusiast, Gin Connoisseur

52 responses »

  1. Although I love the look of Drunkard’s Path, I’ve never tried it. Just simply afraid of curved seams 🙂 But looking att all the beautiful quilts in John’s book makes me want to try.

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  3. I have never thought to make a drunkard path quilt– it seemed a little boring until I saw these quilts
    thanks for the giveaway

  4. John & I have been friends since well before his most recent quilting success days. It doesn’t surprise me that he’s been able to find a way to teach such a difficult (often) technique!

  5. I came to the quilting world by-way-of clothing construction and had mastered set-in sleeves, necklines and other curved shapes but with a quarter inch seam Drunkard’s Path is a challenge even for me. I’m on my third project, having done a table runner and pillow from Angela Pignel’s book, A Quilter’s Mixology. For I love the challenge of new projects in this case with the DP block. Ordinarily I shy away from the typical quilt made from the same block over and over, but the DP lends itself to so many variations, that it’s still a challenge for me.

  6. I learned to sew garments before becoming a quilter so curves are not new to me. However, I am always interested to learn new techniques. Love your pink and black quilt! Such fun.

  7. So glad you posted early as I am going out of town tomorrow-a break from sewing/quilting. I’m on my third DP project, having done a table runner and pillow from Angela Pignel’s book, A Quilter’s Mixology. Coming from garment clothing those curved seams on quilts are much harder than set-in-sleeves, necklines, etc. I’d love to have a copy of John’s book so as to continue to perfect my DP skills.

  8. I, too, use that special foot for my sewing machine and it completely cured me of my fear of sewing curves. Mine aren’t yet perfect but at least I will sit in front of the machine, ready to give them a go.

  9. I would love this book and get more tips to practice my curved piecing. The more I see these projects, the more I want to dig in! I especially want to try the Bowtie Quilt…a great scrappy project!

  10. So many beautiful designs and quilts on on the hop! Would love to learn this method and make a quilt myself.

    Thanks for a chance to win.


  11. The patterns in this book are all so cool-I especially love nightfall! John is coming to our guild for our May meeting!

  12. This book looks so Amazing!! & the reviews being shared are Awesome!! I am afraid of curved piecing…but am definitely inspired now!! Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too! 🙂

  13. I definitely get intimidated by curved pieces and would love to find a template and pattern that isn’t as scary. Thanks for this awesome review!

  14. Love that you were compelled to make more than you intended which is indeed a testament to the author. This book looks like a great source of inspiration.

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