A New Spin – Test Pattern

With the Fourth of July around the corner I thought I would show you something that celebrates the summer.  While the quilt is titled Test Pattern (It reminds me of the test patterns that were used on the TV way back in …..) – but it also looks like Whirligigs spinning in the wind.


Test Pattern from the book A New Spin On Drunkard’s Path – C&T Publications – August 2016

The  crisp white, and bright red and yellow fabrics are from American Made Brand solids from Clothworks.

I am playing some tricks with you on this quilt with the fabric placement.  This uses the Fan Variation, but here I used the background (white) fabric as part of the block – doing this makes the red blades float on the quilt.

Because of the motion created by the quilt block layout, I just had to have a lot of motion in the quilting.  This is done by what I call improv ruler work.  (More about that at another time!)


If you look closely in the picture above you can see some of the seams that show how the white fabric is incorporated.  Take a look at the red blade on the upper left – then look at the white blade next to it – you can see the seam of the drunkard’s path block. It is sort of hard to see on the other blades because the quilting helps to camouflage the seam.

I hope you enjoy the quilt and enjoy the upcoming holiday weekend.

Are you wondering how those triangle blocks are formed? Well – it’s all in the book! (and it’s really easy – trust me – it is!)

Coming this August from

C&T Publications!


Check out some other quilts from the book:

Deco Blue


Shaken Not Stirred

What Would Happen If…?





A New Spin – Deco Blue

Here is a Drunkard’s Path block that I didn’t mess with too much, well I guess i did, just a bit.


This is my quilt Deco Blue.   I didn’t alter the traditional Drunkard’s Path block – what I did do is add a cornerstone and sashing to two sides of a block and then upsized the background frame piece on the second. The quilt uses fabrics from Michael Miller Fabrics Cotton Couture Collection.

To cut my block components I like to use commercial templates -and my preferred Drunkard’s Path templates are by Marti Michell. I used the Large Template set to create this quilt and all the quilts in the book.  The book also provides graphics so  you can make your own templates from template plastic.


I like this style because they are easy to cut around and are easy to use when I play around with the size or shape of a block!

This quilt reminded me of all things Art Deco – so I wanted to do quilting reflected that style.  Lines and simple arcs and arches created with longarm rulers allowed me to create this look.

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The book gives you two other color options to consider, and I hope those will also help get your creative juices flowing to come up with your own color combination.  So what would your color combination be for this quilt? How would you have quilted this quilt?




Coming this August from

C&T Publications!

Check out some of the other quilts in the book and how the book came to be!


Shaken Not Stirred

What would happen if….?

A New Spin – Bowties

Quilt #2 in the sneak peak of  A New Spin on the Drunkard’s Path is Bowties –  a fun quilt that uses 1930s reproduction fabrics. But here they are given a new look.

The 30s repros find themselves floating in a sea of black fabric with small-scale prints.  This juxtaposition of the bright prints against the black background makes the prints just pop!


How would you make this quilt your own? What fabrics would you use? What colors would you use.




Coming this August from
C&T Publications!







Check out some other quilts in the book and where the inspiration for these variations came from.

A New Spin – Shaken Not Stirred

What Would Happen If….?

A New Spin – Shaken Not Stirred

My book  A New Spin on the Drunkard’s Path releases in August.  Just to whet your appetites I would like to show you the individual projects. First up on that tour is Shaken Not Stirred.  

This quilt is my homage to the show Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts.  It was because of that show that I began to experiment with the Drunkard’s Path Block


Shaken Not Stirred – 48” x 48”  Designed, pieced and quilted by John Kubiniec

This quilt features the Corner Triangle Variation of the Drunkard’s Path block and it is used to create both the central image as well as the borders.  This is a great beginner project from the book. Small in size – easy to manage.

In the borders the color placement in the block is the opposite as it was in the center motif. Here the red corner triangles merge with a red linear border to create an interesting frame for the entire quilt.   The book you features some other creative ways of using the Drunkard’s Path block and its variations in borders.

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Close-up of top border and quilting. Shaken Not Stirred – From A New Spin on Drunkard’s Path – C&T Publications 2016.

One of the features of the book is that each of the quilt patterns is presented in two other color-ways.  So if red and white is not your style, one of the other color-ways might be more to your liking or if it isn’t it will spur your imagination in designing your own color-way. What are they you ask – well I can’t give away everything here can I?

I pieced and quilted all of the quilts in the book.  In this quilt the red portions are quilted in a linear fashion with the aid of rulers on my longarm.  The white areas are quilted with a stipple, bubble wrap (my take on pebbles) and some melons. I used Quilters Dream wool batting and Aurifil 40 weight thread to do the quilting.


You might ask where does the title come from? Well, I had some help from friends in naming some of the quilts.  This quilt reminded my friend Teri Lucas of a martini shaker – hence the title.  Another aside about this quilt. I needed a twelfth project and I had hit the proverbial wall for designing.  I reached into my pile of class samples and pulled this one out.  It was small, it looked great so I quilted it up and added it to the mix.  As fate would have it the old adage “The last shall be first” came true.  The last quilt to the book became the cover image!  So, dig through those piles of UFOs in your collection – you might just find and old gem waiting to see the light of day!

To find out how this all got started read

What would happen if…?

Next up on the tour will be Bowties.   See how 1930 repros get switched up a bit!

A New Spin on the Drunkard’s Path  will be available in August from C&T Publishing.




What would happen if…?

In March of 2011 Joanna Rose and the American Folk Art Museum teamed up to present the landmark show Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC


I was living there at the time and volunteered during the show and spent a lot of non-volunteer time there.  I gazed in amazement at all the quilts – all in Red and White.

I was struck by both the utter simplicity and grand complexity that two color quilts could create.


One day  I was chatting with some friends and we gazed upward at one quilt and wondered if the circles were appliquéd or if they were pieced.  Thanks to the zoom on my camera I was able to figure out that indeed they were pieced and were a variation of the Drunkard’s Path block.


The quilt was so graphic and so simple. My mind began to ask the question: What could I do to change this block a bit? (You see, I can’t leave anything as it is – whether it is a recipe, my garden plantings or a quilt block!)  I awoke at 3 am with the idea of adding a half-square triangle to the corner of the block.


I sketched it out (if I didn’t I know I wouldn’t remember when I woke up for real) and went back to bed.  The next day I played around in Electric Quilt and this block was born. Yes, I thought I had created something new, but as someone once said “If you think you created something new – well, you just haven’t looked hard enough”.  And true – this variation was done by others in years gone by.

This block turned into my own Red and White quilt Infinite Possibilities which appeared in the March/April 2013 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

Infinite Possibilities copy

Photo courtesy of McCall’s Quilting

My obsession with this block continued resulting in more variations for piecing and setting it.  I love teaching this technique and students soon learn that curved piecing should not be feared and they soon get hooked!

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All this FUN has resulted in my new book A New Spin on Drunkard’s Path  which will be released by C&T Publications this August.


Twelve projects – each with a slightly different take on this block!  Stay tuned for a peek at all twelve projects!  But be forewarned – you might discover a new quilt block obsession!