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.