Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd – #37 – Drunkard’s Path Block

Welcome to this month’s edition of Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd where you can learn how to glue baste a drunkard’s path block. It is the easiest way to do it and helps me be accurate. I tried all the pins, and didn’t love it. I do love that I prep the blocks and then they are all ready to sew.

Last Month’s Link Ups

Here’s a list from last month’s link ups! I am so grateful to those who share their tips and tutorials each month.

  • Laura from LC’s Cottage linked up a tutorial on how to use tracing paper for marking and quilting.
  • Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl had a tutorial for a Double 4-Patch Baby Quilt.
  • And Andree from Quilting and Learning Combo showed us a way to transfer a design for improv piecing and some free motion quilting.

Tutorial: Glue Basting a Drunkard’s Path Block

This tutorial is near and dear to my heart. I am making and will be making a lot of Drunkard’s Path blocks in the next few months. The postage stamp setting for the Diatom blocks requires 20 of the blocks; 20 x 12 = 240 blocks. Yup, thats a lot, so I am sharing my basting technique with you.

Glue basting has become more and more popular with quilters – wash away Elmer’s glue or Roxanne’s glue….it all works. But in this case, I like a stick glue. I happen to have a purple one, not my favorite, but it washes out entirely.

First up is a. glimps of marking my two blocks. The templates I am using are Jen Carelton Bailey’s templates. My preference for tools is SewLine – the  glue stick* and the pencils*. I can’t seem to locate them in my studio, so I am using a few others.

I put glue on the convex (larger piece) from the center to one edge. Connect the center first then the edge.

Pull between the two and the edges begin to align. Then gently press the edges. This is nearly impossible to photograph so I did a little video for you!

I do a lot at time, then I can sit down and sew and trim when I am ready. Since I am making a lot, this is the technique that works for me. For me, breaking the difficult blocks into sections to do [cutting, glue basting, sewing, pressing, trimming, sewing together] makes it less difficult and it can be done it short bursts of energy. I’ll sew them together later today, and press, maybe trim another day and then sew together after my next block is done.

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Past Tips and Tutorials

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Coming Up on My Blog

I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial. I’ll be back on Thursday with my Placematties hosting TGIFF. Honestly, I will be wishing I was at opening day at QuiltCon….next year.

Coming Up On My Blog
Retreat Placemats & TGIFF 2/23/23
SAHRR Round #5
Winter Twist
SAHRR Round #6
Dust Off a Book Blog Hop 3/8/23
Diatom Row 2 (4/13)

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  1. February 22, 2023 / 9:11 AM

    Curves are not my favorite thing, Kathleen, but I can see where this fantastic tip would make the process much easier!! Thanks sew much!

  2. February 22, 2023 / 9:24 AM

    Thanks for sharing these valuable tips and techniques, Kathleen!!

  3. February 22, 2023 / 10:50 AM

    Sewing in batches makes a lot of sense. Thanks for sharing your glue basting method!

  4. February 22, 2023 / 10:53 AM

    You make it look so easy! Wonderful tutorial, Kathleen! 🙂

  5. February 22, 2023 / 11:36 AM

    I’ve used the glue baste method, but I’m very careful not to stretch the bias as I glue. True confessions, I like the improv method best, no glue or pins.

  6. February 22, 2023 / 11:46 AM

    Hi Kathleen! Thanks for the handy tutorial. I’m going to check out some of the linked tuts as well. Lots of good stuff out there this month! {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

  7. Vicki in MN
    February 22, 2023 / 1:24 PM

    You have more patience than I;) But that was a great tutorial!

  8. February 22, 2023 / 5:01 PM

    Glue basting sounds like worth trying. I always struggle, including today, with curved blocks. Thank you so much for this information.

  9. March 6, 2023 / 10:07 AM

    You have such a nice speaking voice and style Kathleen! Thank you for this great tutorial – you make it look easy.

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Aurifil 50 weight thread
Hobbs Tuscanny Wool Batting
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Free Motion Quilting Workbook
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Siteground Web Hosting
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Clover Bias Tape Maker 12mm
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Fat Quarter Shop
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Sandboard for Hand Sewing/Appliqué
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