Helix

It’s time to re­think the Drunk­ard’s Path block.

Quilter's World - - Out Of The Box -

MA­TE­RI­ALS

• 5/ 8 yard gray/green tonal • 11/ 8 yards dark brown tonal • 13/4 yards very pale yel­low tonal • 13/4 yards light gray/tan tonal • Back­ing to size • Bat­ting to size • Thread • Tem­plate ma­te­rial • Ba­sic sewing tools and sup­plies

CUT­TING

Pre­pare tem­plates for the A and B pieces us­ing pat­terns given. Cut as di­rected on pat­terns. From dark brown tonal: • Cut 6 (21/4" by fab­ric width) bind­ing strips. From light gray/tan tonal: • Cut 1 (59" by fab­ric width) strip. Sub­cut strip into 14 (2" x 59") strips. Set side 7 strips for D. Trim 2 strips to make 2 (2" x 47") E strips. Sub­cut the re­main­ing 5 strips into 42 (2" x 61/2") C rec­tan­gles.

COM­PLET­ING THE BLOCKS

1. Se­lect one each A and B piece. 2. With the B piece on top and right sides to­gether with A, match the cen­ters and pin as shown in Fig­ure 1. 3. Match and pin the start­ing cor­ner as shown in Fig­ure 2, leav­ing the other end loose. 4. Care­fully sew a 1/4" seam from the pinned cor­ner to the cen­ter point, match­ing curved edges as you go as shown in Fig­ure 3.

5. Stop stitch­ing at the cen­ter point, match the other cor­ner and pin. Stitch from the cen­ter to the op­po­site cor­ner to com­plete one Drunk­ard’s Path block re­fer­ring to the block draw­ing. Press seam to­ward A. 6. Re­peat steps 1–5 to com­plete a to­tal of 24 each Green and Brown Drunk­ard’s Path blocks.

COM­PLET­ING THE QUILT

Re­fer to the Assem­bly Diagram for con­struc­tion steps. 1. Ar­range and join four each Brown Drunk­ard’s Path and Green Drunk­ard’s Path blocks with seven C rec­tan­gles to make a ver­ti­cal row; press. Re­peat to make a to­tal of six ver­ti­cal rows, mov­ing and turn­ing the blocks in each row to create move­ment. 2. Join the rows with the D strips, be­gin­ning and end­ing with D, to com­plete the pieced cen­ter; press.

Do­ing ge­neal­ogy re­search re­cently made me think of the dou­ble helix de­sign of DNA.” —Gina Gem­pe­saw

3. Sew the E strips to the top and bot­tom of the pieced cen­ter to com­plete the quilt top; press.

4. Create a quilt sand­wich re­fer­ring to Quilt­ing Ba­sics on page 102. 5. Quilt as de­sired. 6. Bind edges re­fer­ring to Quilt­ing Ba­sics on page 102 to fin­ish.

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