Wednesday, September 28, 2016

GIVEAWAY!! A New Spin on Drunkard's Path by John Kubiniec


Drunkard's Path is a classic American quilt design. It features curve-pieced blocks, typically arranged in meandering paths. Quilts of this pattern appeared some time in the middle to late 1800s. It is one of the designs said to be adopted by the Women's Christian Temperance Union, along with Double T and Goblets, and that could be why so many antique Drunkard's Path quilts are blue and white.

I've seen a lot of Drunkard's Path quilts over the years, and thought I'd seen it all, but John Kubiniec completely knocked my socks off with his first book, "A New Spin on Drunkard's Path: 12 Innovative Projects, Deceptively Simple Techniques" (C&T  Publishing, 2016). The book includes 12 timeless quilts based on the historic block, and the possibilities are infinite. He gives curved blocks a makeover with pre-assembled strips, triangles and sixteen-patches. The patterns, designed to look complex, feature simple and straightforward construction.

All the designs are wonderful. One of my favorites is Snake in the Grass. The block includes a Rail Fence strip set combined with the curved piecing to create a charming new design.


I first learned about John when he was a finalist in the 2010 McCall's Design Star Competition, and ever since then I have enjoyed getting to know him through social media. He is now a Bernina Brand Ambassador and was one of the testers of the Bernina Q 24 and Q 20 longarm machines. When he asked if I would be part of this blog tour, I was thrilled. I always hoped he would write books, and I'm sure this one is the first of many.

Enter the Giveaway!

Win a free copy of John Kubiniec's new book, "A New Spin on Drunkard's Path" - just leave a comment and check back on October 9th for the randomly-drawn winner!

Follow the blog tour...

September 26, 2016
Jenifer Dick   www.42quilts.com

September 27, 2016

September 28, 2016 (Today!)
                          
September 29, 2016

September 30, 2016
LoveBug Studios https://lovebugstudios.com/blog/

October 1, 2016        
Kathy Patterson  http://hillstreetquilts.blogspot.com

October 2, 2016

October 3, 2016
Generation Q Magazine http://generationqmagazine.com

October 4, 2016
Nicole Daksiewicz www.modernhandcraft.com/blog

October 5, 2016
            Marti Michell http://frommartimichell.blogspot.com

October 6, 2016
Kim Niedzwiecki http://www.gogokim.com

October 7, 2016


82 comments:

  1. I love the Drunkard's Path pattern. I hand pieced a mini. Anything with curves really creates interest and movement in a quilt. I'd love to win the book. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  2. I saw this book on C&T's website. It looks like a fun book I'd love to add to my library.

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  3. Love, love love this preview! Thanks for the chance!

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  4. I love the cover quilt. I enjoy unusual books - ones that take an unusual and creative twist.

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  5. This is definitely a take on drunkards path that could be interesting.

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  6. Really like the Snake in the grass - very dramatic!

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  7. Well that one has possibilities ...could even drive you to drink!

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  8. Very appropriate name. I love the unique take on Drunkard's Path.

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  9. What creative patterns! I love to see someone thinking out of the same old box. There are so many ways to go when you begin with a traditional block.

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  10. Fabulous design work, using a most traditional block pattern. I'd LOVE to have this book - as someone who "goes both ways"!!!

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  11. This book looks wonderful. It is always nice to see a variation on an old pattern.

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  12. I love that classic blocks are reimagined and simplified. Looks like a great book.

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  13. I like this book from you review so I would enjoy winning a copy.

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  14. Oh I would LOVE to have this book. I want to make that red and white quilt on the cover! Also, because of the polyester quilts that you and Victoria Finlay Wolfe have shown on your blogs, I have been collecting polyesters to make some of these extra warm and hardy quilts myself. Thanks for so much inspiration!

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  15. Love your blog and like the new ideas for using Drunkards Path!!

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  16. I love Snake in the Grass! Looks like something I'd like to try.

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  17. Looks like a great book and one I'd love to add to my bookshelf. I love oieced curves in quilts.

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  18. I'm sewing a quilt with curved piecing and it's goes faster the more you make. Your book looks amazing and thanks for sharing.

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  19. Thanks for the heads up, looks like a great book with different variations. Darlene

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    1. The quilts look great. I can't get enough of modern variations of traditional blocks.

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  20. Would love to win.... will be back on or before Oct 9th.

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  21. What a fun book! I have done curved piecing on and off for a few years but have never done a drunkard's path. Such fun!

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  22. This looks like a book I'm going to want to have on my shelf!

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  23. I have been wanting to ty curved piecing and this book looks like the perfect teacher! Thanks for the giveaway! cotten.gloria@gmail.com

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  24. Hi Bill and Lulu! This books is great! I bought it for my guild library, but I would love to win it for myself. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  25. That snake in the grass quilt is cool! Thanks for having a give away!

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  26. If I win it will go in our Guild library for sure. Great book, great ideas.

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  27. This book would be a great to add to my collection as I have not tried the drunkard's path block.

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  28. Very cool ..I also love the back grown on your page ty for sharing.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  29. I think there are some drunken orphans in a box somewhere. Might be time for them to come out and play. They've been waiting for some new ideas.

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  30. These variations are just beautiful! Thanks for offering this giveaway, I appreciate the chance to win.

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  31. I've always wanted to do a drunkards path but have avoided.

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  32. I love these innovative drunkard's path quilts!
    gloobermom@hotmail.com

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  33. Interesting twist on Drunkard's path. Congratulations to John.

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  34. This looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  35. Love the Drunkard's Path pattern and would love to have a copy of this book. Thank you for this chance!

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  36. Always love new ideas! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  37. I have always wanted to try more curved piecing and would love to try John's new ideas

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  38. I have been wanting to make Drunkard's Path it is on my list for next year. Perfect timing for this book to come out. Thanks for a chance to win this great book.

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  39. I'm going to get John's book, either way. I'm really interested in the designs!

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  40. looks like a wonderful book - thanks for sharing

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  41. i've been drooling over this book - drunkard's path is my favorite block! the book will give me the courage to just do it! either way, i need this book in my library.

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  42. I have always wanted to try drunkard's path block ,but have been intimidated by it because I new to quilting.

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  43. These really are new spins on the block. John really did some interesting experiments with the block.

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  44. This book looks great. I have made traditional drunken path quilts but now I see I need to branch out!

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  45. Love the variations John has come up with, would never have thought of them.

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  46. Love the idea of a book about drunkard's path. If I don't win I am definitely adding his book to my Christmas list. Joy

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  47. I want to make a drunkard's path quilt, right now! They look just stunning.

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  48. The drunkards path always seamed to be difficult to me. I think that the templates are the answer.

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  49. The drunkards path always seamed to be difficult to me. I think that the templates are the answer.

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  50. I'm getting better and better with curved piecing so I'd love to get inspiration and more details from this book! Looks fabulous!

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  51. I love curved piecing and would truly enjoy your patterns.

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  52. Looks interesting. Would love to have a copy of this book.

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  53. It is time for me to try out curved piecing and this book would be a very helpful companion on the way!

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  54. I'd love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance.

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  55. Thanks for your giveaway! I've been drawn to curved pieced quilts lately, and know there's one in my near future. This book looks like it holds a lot of fun!

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  56. Would love to win this book. tljeo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  57. I LOVE curved piecing, and would love to win this book!

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  58. I have the templates, now I need to learn how to use them

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  59. John, I have been a fan ever since I saw one of your quilts in a magazine I have, but cannot find at the moment. It was red and white with curves, and it may have been the quilt that is on your cover.

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  60. What a great idea for a book. Thanks for sharing the giveaway.

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  61. Have never done curved piecing..but have several patterns saved for it. This Book looks Awesome..thank you for chance to win the book & templates!! :D

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  62. This book looks like it would help me to check curved piecing off of my bucket list.

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  63. That snake in the grass quilt is fabulous. Thanks for showing the design. Look forward to getting my hands on a copy of this book.

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  64. Would love to get past my fear of curved piecing

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  65. I love his designs! I would love to win John's book and have him sign it when he speaks at our guild meeting in May!

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  66. Loving the patterns in this book! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  67. I love sewing curves blocks, but these are very original. I'd love to try some of John's variations!

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  68. Whoa! That Snakes in the grass is awesome.
    Rosemary

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  69. Thanks for the chance to win! I like the pictures I've seen so far.

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  70. Looks like a great book, thanks for the give away

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  71. Looks like an interesting book. Would love to broaden my skills. lynnstck@yahoo.com

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  72. I love the challenge of curves.

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  73. A Drunkard's Path quilt has been on my bucket list for some time!

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  74. This looks like a perfect book for me, I need to get more confident with curve piecing.

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  75. Interesting take on a traditional block. Like what I've seen of the book. Thanks for the chance to win

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  76. I am loving seeing all the varieties of drunkards path. I haven't done one, yet!

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