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A Drunkard’s Path quilt made easy with the TrueCut 360º Circle Cutter

 

Yesterday, I showed you how to make an easy pinwheel with the help of the SEW EASY Pinwheel Magic 6½” template.

Today, we’ll make a small Drunkard’s Path quilt using the TrueCut 360º Circle Cutter.

TrueCut 360º Circle Cutter
TrueCut 360º Circle Cutter

 

I wasn’t a big fan of the Drunkard’s Path block due to all the pinning required to assemble it.

In the process of creating this post, I decided to give the Drunkard’s Path block another chance which led me to an idea which avoids the need to pin the curves!  

 

materials

  • ½ yd of fabrics, the equivalent of approximately 4 fat quarters 

TIP This is a great project to use up your scraps

Instructions

Cut from your fabrics:

  • four 10″ squares
  • two 8¾” squares
  • two 6¾” squares

Cut from the HEATnBOND lite stabilizer:

  • two 8½” squares
  • two 6½” squares
Fabric selection for Drunkards Path quilt
Fabric selection for Drunkards Path quilt

 

With a pencil, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of each of the four 10 squares of fabric and also on the four pieces of stabilizer. This step will help you to locate the exact center of each piece and will also help when you center the stabilizer on the wrong side of the fabric pieces.

Draw lines from corner to corner.
Draw lines from corner to corner.

 

Place the stabilizer on the wrong side of each fabric square, matching the X’s. When you’re satisfied that your centers match, apply heat according to the directions on the stabilizer packaging to the stabilizer so that it bonds with the fabric.

Match the lines of the X on the stabilizer to the X on the fabric.
Match the lines of the X on the stabilizer to the X on the fabric.

 

Using the TrueCut 360º Circle Cutter cut an 8 circle from each of the two 10 fabric squares that have been bonded to the 8½” square piece of stabilizer.

Then, cut 6″ circles from the 10 squares that have been bonded to the 6½” square of stabilizer.

See how easy it is to make circles with the TrueCut 360º Circle Cutter? You simply adjust the sizing knob to the size you wish. 

Adjust the sizing knob to the desired circle size and lock it into place.
Adjust the sizing knob to the desired circle size and lock it into place.

 

Now, place the pin that’s located under the sizing knob where the lines of the fabric intersect and cut your two 8″ circles then do two 6″ circles.

A prefect centered circle is cut from one of the fabric squares.
A prefect centered circle is cut from one of the fabric squares.

 

From the squares with the circles cut from them, remove the stabilizer’s paper backing and lay the fabric face down on your ironing board. On the squares that have the 8″ circles cut from them, place the 8¾” fabric squares over the circular hole ensuring that you fully cover any stabilizer with fabric. Fuse them together by pressing lightly.

Repeat this process with the squares with the 6″ circular hole and the 6¾” fabric squares.

The 8¾" and the 6¾" fabric squares are place over the circle opening and pressed to larger piece of fabric.
The 8¾” and the 6¾” fabric squares are place over the circle opening and pressed to larger piece of fabric.

 

Before cutting each of these blocks into 4 quarters, using a decorative stitch around each circle, I’ll be using a blind hem stitch.

The circle fabric is secure to the background fabric using a blind hem stitch.
The circle fabric is secure to the background fabric using a blind hem stitch.

 

Next, cut each of the fused and stitched squares into 4 quarters and lay them out to your liking.

Remember, there are no correct or incorrect ways to place them. Go for a look that appeals to you.

Four of the many possible placement of Drunkard's path blocks
Four of the many possible placement of Drunkard’s path blocks

 

Once you decide on the final placement, sew the quarters together then quilt away! Unless, of course, now that you used this great tool you want to construct more blocks to make a bigger quilt!

Completed Drunkard's Path quilt
Completed Drunkard’s Path quilt

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s project using the TrueCut 360º Circle Cutter as much as I did, I think it facilitates the task of making a Drunkard’s Path block and quilt. I have more to share about this handy and useful tool, join me tomorrow for more quilting fun.

 

This is part 2 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 1: Pinwheel blocks made easy with the Sew Easy Pinwheel Magic template

Go to part 3: How to make perfect circles and rings using the TrueCut 360º Circle Cutter

I took my first quilting course in September 1994 in Barrie, Ontario, near the armed forces base where I was stationed. After moving to Ottawa in 1996, I joined my first guild. I took more courses and began to buy quilting books and lots of fabrics. Quilting has become my passion. I have made over 150 more quilts since then, and have never looked back. I now share my knowledge of quilting by teaching and doing presentations, and blogging!

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