Category Archives: Mini Drunkard’s Path


“Tropical Sunshine. The pattern is the two inch Drunkard’s Path from Inklingo. It is hand pieced and quilted by Margaret Gunn. It won third prize. Here it is at home:

And at the show:

The blue ribbon winner was “My Tiny Trip” by Janet Frank.

Second place was “Eye Catcher” by Pat Guildford.

Blocking Tropical Sunshine

I haven’t blocked a quilt in years – so it was way harder than I remembered. I thought a mini would be easy. Uhhh.. NO!

If a quilt is six feet square the corners are pretty far apart and a tiny error will probably not be noticed. This is only 28″ square. It MUST be perfectly square. It’s staring you right in the face  – and a judge armed with a 12″ square ruler will readily see the tiniest error.

I pinned and unpinned and wet and re-wet and was almost in tears at one point.

I finally came up with the masking tape idea. You must first establish a perfectly square/straight edge to work from. I lay one of the laser lines along one edge of the tape and the other across the quilt.

First I measured across the middles to establish the size – which was 24″ from the outside edge of the narrow purple border. I even checked each row of blocks making sure they were straight. Finally I checked the corners with the 12″ ruler and measured across the diagonals – exactly 34″. It’s drying now.

When it’s perfectly dry I will trim and bind it. Sew on the hanging sleeve and label and start on the next one which is 36″ x 46″.

Mini Drunkard’s Path quilted


I can’t wait to show you what Margaret did with this mini. A link to her website will have to do since I don’t have it yet. She took some amazing photos – I couldn’t have done better. Click on the link below:


Mini Drunkard’s Path



Mini Drunkard’s Path

Borders attached:

Mini Drunkard's Path

With the binding on it will measure just under 30″ square – the maximum size for the Mini Quilt category at Quiltfest Jacksonville 2013 in September.

Many of the minis I have seen at the show are smaller than the signs hanging next to them with the description. It’s as if it is a competition to see how small you can make a quilt. They end up being mug rugs or coasters. I want this to be a doll’s quilt some day – so I went for the largest accepted size.

Mini Drunkard’s Path done!

Mini DP done

borders and binding

Backing will be the small blue floral print, the purple – a tiny half inch inner border, the orange stripe is the two inch border and the triangle print is the binding. I don’t have the yardage for any of the fabrics except for the purple – so I have to wait till they arrive to finish this  little quilt.

Halfway there

Three rows joined. Click on the picture for a closeup view.Image

36 Mini Drunkard’s Path blocks done!

Now to join them – after a bit of rearranging of course. I thought I might join them by machine – but I really do prefer hand piecing. It should go fairly quickly because all the seams are straight and it is a very small quilt. After I join the blocks it will be only 24″ square – then I am going to add a 2″ border for a total of 28″ square. The mini quilt category at QuiltFest Jacksonville 2013 is max 30″ on the longest side.