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Drunkard’s Path Quilt Blocks – seams and accuracy

Drunkard’s Path Quilt Blocks and Accuracy

It is wonderful to be accurate all the time, but few of us achieve it. Drunkard’s Path Quilt Blocks have a few challenging issues. Quilters are so scared of curves. The curve is easy – I shall cover that in my tutorial soon. Sometimes though, when we lose accuracy, those blocks become out of square, and worse your curved seams might not line up. What can you do? Of course, you can unpick, but is there another way?

Drunkard's Path quilt
Drunkard’s Path

Squaring Up Blocks

  1. You can square up by cutting to size, but then you might end up with blocks of different sizes.
  2. Ensure your initial cutting of templates is as accurate as possible.
  3. Press blocks do not iron. Both ironing and steam can make your blocks go out of shape.
  4. If you are a tiny amount off, you could pin and steam, but steam is more likely to shrink.
Drunkard's Path quilt blocks
be willing to move blocks around


  1. Consider re-arranging your Drunkard’s Path blocks. This is a great idea, because if you are not matching those uneven curved seams, you do not have to worry about them.
  2. These blocks can be arranged in many different ways. Don’t be afraid to try something out.
  3. Playing with traditional blocks is one of the areas I cover in my comprehensive, year long quilt design ecourse, take a look here
Drunkard's Path quilt blocks
When blocks don’t match, think arrangement

What’s New

My first illustrated quilting talks are at the Festival of Quilts at the NEC, Birmingham on Sunday 4th August only. Seats are still available, but do not miss this. Colour Confidence from the only person to have written four books in single colours and Design Your Own Quilts (no software needed). Colour can make a huge improvement to your work and design is such fun and makes your quilt unique. Talks are reasonably priced and there is a bonus discount for attendees off the ecourses. You can book tickets here and if not sold out, they will be available on the day.


We are setting up registration on the website. There will be a gift for anyone registering.


This week I have done 3 short videos, all posted on Facebook and Instagram to judge the response. It has been very enouraging, particularly on IG, so I shall now go ahead and create a YouTube channel. So it is all happening and thanks for being a part of this. See you next week with more exciting news and photos from the Festival of Quilts and how the talks went plus new products.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2019