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A New Spin on Drunkards Path by John Kubiniec


UPDATE: The Random Number Generator selected #52 – Alison in Alabama! Congratulations! I’ll be in contact in the next few days.

It’s been a while since I’ve participated in a blog tour on TerifiCreations, as I write most of the Generation Q Magazine book tours. This one is kind of special because a friend, John Kubiniec, wrote the book. Over the last couple of years I’ve watched John work on this book. I’ve watched him struggle, grow, become, move, write, and name quilts. And here his is, A New Spin on Drunkards Path is ready for you to run to your local quilt shop and get it.


I was surprised to learn that John uses 3 pins to stitch these curves the placement is key to how well this works. I must admit that when I saw it I did the whole *facepalm* why didn’t I think of that! And. . . it makes so very much sense. I so want to tell you this trade secret but book, it’s all about buying the book, and this tip is worth it.

Test Pattern

Then there’s the patterns, the spins or to have a little fun, the hacks on this block are fun. Having fun with a curved pieced block yields this:

Beach Balls

A dynamic, beach ready quilt. And yes, go ahead, take the quilt to beach.


Nightfall is one of the most dynamic looking quilts in the entire book. It looks so difficult. But nope. John adds half-square triangles to the corners, spends a little time getting the placement right by alternating the curve of the drunkards path block and the results are stunning. I may even make this one, when I have some time for quilting.

Okay so what you really need to know is that I’m really proud of John. While he doesn’t exactly say it out loud in the book there is a sense of play, and permission to do what you want. Here’s the technique, here’s a great pattern, and go.

So I get to give away a copy of the book! In the US it’ll be a softcover copy; outside the US an e-book. Ya gotta comment and tell me something fun that you’re working on. I’ll draw a winner on or about October 4th.

UPDATE – Congratulations comment #53 Ramona! You’re the winner of a copy of John’s book. I’ve sent you an email.

There are more opportunities to win! Check out:

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 – that’s me
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 – Melissa Kanovsky’s writing this one!
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

65 thoughts on “A New Spin on Drunkards Path by John Kubiniec”

  1. Our neighbor always holds a cookie and gift exchange in December. My gift is always something I’ve sewn. This year it’s a table runner. I love making Christmas stuff!

  2. I remember John from city quilter. Love his work and I’d love to make the beach balls quilt. Right now I’m working on the Tula Pink City Sampler 100days100blocks project on Instagram.

  3. I’m working on finishing up a mystery quilt from last year before the one for this year comes out in about a month. I think I can do it, it’s good motivation!

  4. I can’t tell you without pictures, lol. The blocks are embroidered denim with an applique of chambray and another of toile. It might be a ‘what was I thinking?’ Project, or it might be epic. Diving in and enjoying the process.

  5. I’m working on lots of different things at once: several Bonnie Hunter designs, quilts for high school grads, a Drunkard’s Path quilt, playing with my Accuquilt Go! I think my favorite (today) is Bonnie’s Tumolo Trail.

  6. I am currently piecing too many quilts to remember and and have several ready to be longarmed. Ordered a new pantograph of music elements that I am looking forward to trying next.

  7. I am working on a wall hanging out of t-shirts. I machine quilted it and now I am hand embroidering it. This is a surprise for a friend.

  8. I’m almost (borders to go) finished with an Oriental panel quilt that will be a Christmas gift. Took some time off from that to design and sew a Halloween table runner.

    Sew much fabric, sew little time

  9. Just completed a mini quilt for a swap/fundraiser for Ovarian Cancer Awareness. I liked what I did so much I am making a second one for myself.

  10. Right now I am getting ready for our annual retreat and am cutting pieces for a scrap box quilt. Since our theme is black and white we are using blacks and whites for the background on this quilt. Can’t wait to get sewing!

  11. I just finished Pineapple Crazy, am hand quilting Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler now, and have Tula Pink’s City Sampler pinned for machine quilting. Love quilts and don’t want the cure!

  12. I just finished Pineapple Crazy a Bonnie Hunter pattern, am hand quilting Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler at the moment and have Tula Pink’s City Sampler pinned for machine quilting starting that one in a couple of weeks.

  13. I’m currently working on Forest Friends. Love the way the colors come together to form the critters. I like my colors and fabrics I picked, but am still astounded at how well the different combos give each critter character.

  14. I’m working on two carpenter’s star quilts – one is red/orange/yellow and the other is tan/red/blue. Hoping I can get both tops completed at retreat in Montana next week!

  15. oooh! a chance to win! i’m currently working on a fun and silly day of the dead wall quilt, complete with Alexander Henry biker skeletons. I LOVE drunkard’s path and hope i can win this book! thanks!

  16. Although I have many ongoing projects, I am working on Sue Spargo’ s “Cuppa”, a red and green hand applique quilt using block designs from the 1850’s and just finished a Spiderweb top made with Halloween fabrics that I am going to machine quilt. I would love to win! The book looks wonderful!

  17. I’ve been working on a quilt using the drunkard’s path and now planning how to quit it. It’s a fun block that is not that hard to make, so everyone go for it. Thanks for putting this book together, hope to win a copy.

  18. I am working on “My Small World” which is a pattern by Jen Kingwell. I have just finished the top and am getting ready to quilt it. I am going to put it in my guild’s quilt show next Spring. Can’t wait to try some more curved piecing.

  19. Working on bags now. Just finished a king quilt and need a quick project.
    Love the possibilies of drunkards path. Thanks for giveaway.

  20. I am working on clearing up some UFO’s that my granddaughter & I started several years ago when she was in middle school, want to get them finished for college graduation in MAY!

  21. Just finished and gifted a wedding quilt for my son and his new bride. Looking for my next quilt project. Paper piecing some Mr Hipster Foxes for Christmas gifts. Thanks for the giveaway. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

  22. I am working quilting a king size double wedding ring with my home sewing machine setup! Whew! What a project!! I would love to win this give away. Thank you for sharing!

  23. I am so interested in this book and the more quilt photos I see, the more I want to practice my curved piecing! I am working on an art quilt right now using some scraps. I’ve got stuffed, appliqued flowers and a few butterflies floating above a brick wall. It’s looking good!

  24. I am working on the latest mystery signed Bonnie Hunter, but although only the quilting of the borders are left, I have taken a long (unwanted) break from quilting, due to a new job. Fun to finally be working but sad that I lost ao much time that when I get home I feel to exhausted to even enter my sewing studio, even though my thought about all the quilts I want to make are still poking my head daily!

  25. I am normally sewing straight seems with scrappy fabric. But seeing some of the photos from the book I would also love to sew curved seems with scrappy fabric and would love to win a copy of this book:-)

    This is the first time I am visiting your blog and I scrolled further down and saw your post about your shop closing. I am living in the southwest corner of Norway, where the oil industry has been thriving over the last 30 years and we are currently struggling in many areas due to the downturn. BUT – when one door closes, there will be chances of others opening! They might be hard to spot at times and sometimes you have to fight to get your foot in the crack…but I wish you all luck and I hope to see some positive news shortly!


  26. I’m working on the Sister Sampler as a block of the month at my LQS. I am ready to get started on some Christmas presents. I love the variations in this book of the drunkards path.

  27. I’m working on a beautiful BOM called Postcards from Heaven by Jenny of Elephanz. It’s hand embroidery blocks, to be assembled later with scraps. Lovely. (

  28. I am just finishing up a scrap quilt, and am almost ready to move on to something as exciting as these quilts! I LOVE curved piecing-it adds such interest to my quilts!

  29. I confess I avoided even THINKING about any curved-pieced projects…but John’s book has stirred a “maybe I can” thought process! I’m working on a quick little Minion (panel) quilt that keeps me smiling…such happiness going on!

  30. I am working on a table topper from a Fall 2013 magazine. I finished the top as soon as I got the magazine in 2013, and procrastinated about finishing until this year. Almost done!! Yay!

  31. I have been trying to finish a table topper that the top was completed in 2013. I have been procrastinating for 3 years. It is almost done! Yay!!

  32. Would Loooove to win this Awesome book! Thank you for the chance! 🙂

    I am finishing up a baby quilt, and making assorted baby clothes, bibs, etc…for a new nephew due in November! Definitely fun projects here! 😀

  33. I am working on sewing machine covers. I have 2 featherweights and each needed a cover to keep the dust off when not using them.

  34. I’ve got all the blocks made for a plus quilt that has grey as the neutral and the rest are various polka dot fabrics (obtained in a charm square swap). Am doing the final decision around placement and will sew rows today!

  35. Purses and bags are on my sewing table now. Curves look so unique and I would love to give curve sewing a try. Thanks for giveaway.

  36. i’m working on some pillows for gifts and wading through the mess in my sewing room (there’s floor there somewheres…) to try and organize my projects. mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

  37. Thanks for the chance to win! I’ve been seeing some gorgeous patterns coming from this book. I’ve just started paper piecing Violet Craft’s Abstract Elephant. My version of fun.

    (Sorry! I posted this same comment on a different post on accident.)

  38. I’m working on Christmas ornaments! They’re quick and fun! Maybe some drunkard’s path blocks in miniature would look good!

  39. I am making my daughter a modern quilt with her old clothes that she wore the last 20 years. She will be surprised.

  40. I always have several projects going. My Dear Jane group just met today! I’m also making a baby quilt with an owl in the center & the outside border will have some “Crumb” Pieced blocks from an Ami Sims workshop I took this summer. I’m trying to finish up a red, white, & black quilt for my grandson & a blue & white quilt for my grand daughter, made from my LQG’s BOM last year (& I’ve started the BOM for this year). I also have a Judy Niemeyer quilt underway!

  41. I am working on a half-square triangle quilt made with my hoarded bits of Umbrella Prints from Australia, with some added Doe fabric and a bit of Joel Dewberry. SO relieved that I’m loving it. It’s hard to cut up some treasured fabrics. Thanks for the chance to win the book– it looks like a lot of fun.

  42. I went to a quilt class by Me and My Sister Designs and am finishing the featured quilt called “Chain Links” which uses a jelly roll.

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