Monday, January 19, 2015

Sock Hop - day 8


Today is my day for the Sock Hop Blog Hop!  I'm excited to show everyone what I made using the new Island Batik fabrics in the line called Down Under.


These are gorgeous fabrics.  Deep rich blacks, browns, golden tans and creams.  I decided to use the traditional Drunkards Path Block in my project. I wanted to do something a little different with the Drunkards Path block, so I made most of the blocks traditionally with one arc, but made some blocks using a second  smaller arc on top of the first arc as shown below.


I hand pieced the arcs with a turned 1/4",  but they could easily be fused. 

So here's my project -I made a tote bag and embellished it with buttons (A special thanks to my sister who let me use a few of her big buttons.  Thanks so much!)


And here's the back of the tote.  I wanted to do something totally different than the front - you can't see both sides at once anyway!


A Drunkards Path Block can be made any size. The way I made the block is with a solid square and an arc piece.  I appliqued the arc onto the square, and left the underneath fabric whole.  I did not cut away any fabric underneath.  Some people don't like the extra bulk of underneath fabric, but for this project I didn't find it was noticiable.

 I made the square 3 1/2" x 3 1/2".  The large arc has two sides that are 2 3/4" and the smaller arc has two sides that are 2 1/4".   I appliqued the arcs onto the square by turning under 1/4" of the curved edge and stitching.   If you don't like to hand applique, you can fuse your arcs, but you need to make them 1/4" smaller on the curved arc. 



Be sure to follow along on the rest of the Blog posts listed below.  Tomorrow is Tamarinis. 

If you click on the fabric names  after the bloggers and the quilt blocks listed below- it will take you to Island Batiks and you can see the fabrics that are used in each post.  They are beautiful!  I'm sure everyone would like to have some of them- so don't forget to sign in at the bottom of this post for the great fabric bundle giveaways from Island Batik!

1/12 – Island Batik 
1/13 – Susan Vassallo Quilting Arts – Topsy Turvey Log Cabin
1/14 – Freemotion by the River – 54-40 in Running Water
1/15 – Beaquilter – Hunter Star in Crimson Tide
1/16 – One Quilting Circle – Flying Geese
1/17 – Mary Mack’s Blog – Sisters Choice in Down in the Boondocks
1/18 – Happy Cottage Quilter – Nine Patch in Johnny B Goode
1/19 – Kauffman Designs – Drunkard’s Path in Downtown
1/20 – Tamarinis – Pinwheel in Saturday Night Fever
1/21 – Bejeweled Quilts – Maple Leaf in La Bamba
1/22 – Six Gables Designs – Friendship Star in Full Bloom
1/23 – Purrfect Spots – Duck and Ducklings in No Particular Place to Go
1/24 – Inchworm Fabrics – Another Star in In the Summer Time
1/25 – Sew Fresh Quilts – Stepping Stones in Cry Me a River






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35 comments:

  1. I am in love with the colors of this bag, beautiful!

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  2. Lovely bag.. love the design and how each side is different too... great batiks to work with as well! Kathi

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  3. What an incredibly gorgeous tote! You chose such a lovely design for showing off those luscious fabrics from the Down Under collection. The choice of two different looking Drunkard's Path blocks was brilliant. And the addition of the buttons? Clever! This is one smart looking bag!

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  4. Those batiks are gorgeous and I love the design of your bag, not too big, not too small.

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    1. Michele, you just made me realize I was going to tell the size of the tote! Guess you can figure it out by the size of the blocks...

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  5. This is one beautiful bag!! LOVE your choice of colors! And the buttons really add to it!

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  6. Beautiful tote Connie!! Those fabrics really worked up neat with the blocks!

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  7. Thank you Connie. I must say this is the first I've seen Drunkards Path other than in a quilt. Love the tote, so earthy and the Batiks of course! One of my 2015 goals is arc's...thank you so much for the tutorial.

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  8. This is an awesome tote Connie! Your design is so striking and perfectly plays up those beautiful fabrics. I love the patterns the circles make as they meet up with the next block. Tote-ally excellent work!

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  9. I love your tote! What a great way to use the Drunkards Path block. Very inspiring!

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  10. Oh my gosh...I so love that fabric and that tote is fabulous!

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  11. OooH WOW! The bag is sooo gorgeous! I love the colors that you used, especially the black. This is really awesome. Thank you for sharing.

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  12. LOVE this bag, Connie! What a fun twist on Drunkard's Path, too. :) Love it!

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  13. Definitely a fun use of the fabrics and the block. Great idea! Thanks.

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  14. I LOVE this tote! Very beautiful. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  15. Gorgeous and sophisticated! I love the tote!

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  16. Beautiful tote! I love Isaland Batiks.

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  17. Your tote is lovely. I really like how you made the patterns different on both sides. Makes it fun!

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  18. Love your tote bag! Thanks for the giveaway. I'm not usually into neutrals but those are really great and I can think of lots of uses for them.

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  19. Connie, what a beautiful tote - just in love with it! Thank you for the nice giveaway -

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    1. forgot to add my email address rachel.gagnon5@sympatico.ca

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  20. Your tote is wonderful and I'm loving all the browns. Very cool idea to do each side different - and they are both so creative. Drunkard's Path is a block I need to make and appliqueing it is a great idea.

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  21. I love the tote and the wonderful fabrics you used for it. Beautiful!

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  22. Wow! Your tote bag is stunning!
    Those batiks look so elegant!
    Thanks for the ideas/inspiration!
    Pat T.

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  23. I'm enjoying this sock hop. Love the tote!

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  24. I love your tote! It is so much different from most quilted bags.

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  25. love the combo of blacks, browns and rich tans!

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  26. The international date line is so confusing at times. I thought I had visited this one already but I can't find my message. Your bag is a great idea and the batiks are beautiful.
    Judy in Down Under!
    judybarr at iearn dot org dot au

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  27. Beautiful bag! Love the blocks and the fabrics could not be more gorgeous!!!

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  28. Wow! Great bag and love your design with those colors and prints.

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  29. A gorgeous tote. I really like how the back side is different from the front. It adds to its versatility. Great idea to add the light arc. Thanks for sharing.

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