Drunkard’s Path


Drunkard’s Pathtraditional quilt blocks

One of the things I love the most about traditional quilt blocks is how varied they are and how many possibilities lie within a simple quilt block, when it comes to the layout of a quilt. Perhaps one of the most amazing blocks, in these regards, is the Drunkard’s Path block. When I looked into the history a bit I found that this particular design likely dates back to Egyptian times! As such it has surely been around for a long time.

Drunkard's path quilting block
Look at this pattern

When I have thought about the name of this block I wondered if it referred to an actual drunk walking. I envisioned women from times past angry their husband was always late, and drunk, and took her anger out by creating a quilt! There are indications that it may have been used during the days of the Underground Railroad. In addition it was apparently a popular quilt block during Prohibition. But then I also wondered if Drunkard’s path referred to the path of a tornado. Whatever the case I find them fascinating in how many options the quilter has in laying out a block. It is a simple block that is comprised of only 2 pieces, yet holds a myriad of possibilities. I present to you some simple and incredible visions using this timeless quilt block to inspire you!

Drunkard's path quilting block - traditional quilt blocks
Antique Drunkard’s path sold by Cindy’s Antique Quilts
One option provided by FaveQuilts
Another option provided by FaveQuilts
Another from FaveQuilts
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Vintage quilt Sold on Etsy by BlackRain4

I hope you enjoyed this and it urges you to look at other simple quilt blocks in relationship to how they could be arranged for a new and modern take on a classic!

Julie Rodgers

I do a little bit of everything and love all forms of creativity. I have made a living with fabric design, miniature work, commercial artwork and many other things. Most recently I designed, and make and sell, The Floss Inn which is for needleworkers. Thrilled to be here!

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