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Thursday, September 29, 2016

A New Spin on Drunkard's Path Blog Tour (and Giveaway!)

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Hello, Everyone!
 
I’m very excited to be taking part in the blog tour [complete with give-away that you won’t want to miss!] for John Kubiniec’s brand new book with C&T publishing -
A New Spin on Drunkard’s Path!
 
I have known John for a number of years.  We became friends on Facebook through the quilting communities and found we have quite a bit in common!
 
When Kansas City Star was acquired by C&T Publishing, John and I discovered that our book release dates were happening within the same time frame, and we were able to discuss all the ins out outs, tests, tribulations and excitement [sometimes terror!] of going from one publisher where you kind of knew the routine, and finding yourself in a new ballgame where you really were the new kid on the block and trying to fit in and do everything right and prove yourself with your new publishing house. 
 
We’ve been each other’s back and bent one another’s ear many times over this process.  I have been a cheerleader for John, and he has been a great listening ear for me as well!
 
If you have loved and been intrigued by the Drunkard’s Path pattern in the traditional realm, and are ready to kick it up to the next generation, you are going to LOVE John’s book!

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My favorite from the book!
More info from John himself:
I was born in North Tonawanda, NY and grew up in a family of crafters. My formal training is that of a church musician and I have lived and worked in Rochester, NY; Richmond, VA; N. Andover, MA; New York City, and finally returning to Rochester, NY
 
I have always enjoyed handwork (embroidery and cross-stitch) and became interested in ceramics. Studying ceramics at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Mudflats Pottery Studio (Sommerville, MA) and Greenwich House Pottery (NYC). I also served as a studio assistant for ceramic artist Bruce Winn. Quilting was always lurking there as something I wanted to explore. 
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But wait, maybe THIS one is my favorite! 
I finally began to indulge in that passion by taking classes at The City Quilter in New York City. After my first class, I was addicted. In 2010 I decided on a whim to enter the McCall’s Quilting Design Star Challenge and was happy to be one of original 174 finalists and made it to the final round of competition with 7 other finalists. I soon began designing patterns for various fabric companies and quilting magazines. In 2013 my pattern “Pinwheels” appeared in the book “Classic Modern Quilts” published by Kansas City Star .
 
I maintain a longarm quilting and quilting design studio – Big Rig Quilting. I teach and travel extensively sharing my techniques and love of quilting. I live in Rochester, NY with my partner, harpist Ray Pool. In my spare time I enjoy gardening and cooking. 
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Can you believe all of these are made from the same basic unit with some simple variations? 
I was looking for a name for my longarm quilting business and was having difficulty coming up with something I liked. My partner said “Well, it’s like driving a big rig.” – I thought about it and he was right – stitching with a longarm is a bit like driving a big rig – it really is a BIG sewing machine. So the name was born! What began as a longarm quilting business has grown. Big Rig Quilting now encompasses longarm quilting, patterns, books, and teaching.
 
I originally began designing patterns for various fabric companies and magazines and continue to do that. Many of the magazine patterns will soon be available as PDF downloads in my store on my website. I also continue to publish my patterns and techniques in various magazines and in books with C&T Publications.
 
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Units made simple with Marti Michell’s Drunkard’s Path Templates!
 
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Maybe THIS one is my favorite of all!
 
Look at the beautiful quilting!
 
Oh, John, you’ve done it again!
 
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But this one….wow!
 
If you want to know more about John and this wonderful book release, he recently recorded a podcast with Pat Sloan and American Patchwork & Quilting Radio!  You’ll find him on the September 24th 2016 episode.  Give it a listen, I know you will enjoy it.  Well done, John!
 
About  A New Spin on Drunkard’s Path:
  • Shake up the Drunkard’s Path! 12 timeless quilts based on the famous block
  • Curved blocks get a makeover with pre-assembled strips, triangles, and sixteen-patches
  • Complex look that’s easy to piece! Innovative designs from quilting teacher John Kubiniec 
Both the book and the templates are available on John’s website, Big Rig Quilting so you can get started right away! And the books are available at a discount directly from John, where you can get a signed copy.
 
Would you like to WIN a copy of A New Spin on Drunkard’s Path? 
 
Our drawing will happen on October 9th, when I am home from our Quiltville’s Caribbean Cruise.
 
Good luck, everyone!


 
You can also stop by these other sites during the blog tour ,each with their own giveaway!
 
September 26, 2016
Jenifer Dick www.42quilts.com
C&T Publishing http://www.ctpub.com/blog/
September 27, 2016
Sara Lawson www.sewsweetness.com/blog
Heather Kojan http://www.heatherkojan.com
September 28, 2016
Bill Volckening http://willywonkyquilts.blogspot.com
McCall’s Quilting http://www.mccallsquilting.com/blogs/

September 29, 2016
Teri Lucas https://terificreations.com
Bonnie Hunter http://quiltville.blogspot.com
September 30, 2016
made by ChrissieD http://madebychrissied.blogspot.com
LoveBug Studios https://lovebugstudios.com/blog/
October 1, 2016Kathy Patterson http://hillstreetquilts.blogspot.com
Teresa Coates http://www.crinkledreams.com
October 2, 2016
Carl Hentsch http://3dogdesignco.blogspot.com
October 3, 2016
Generation Q Magazine http://generationqmagazine.com
Lisa Calle https://lisacalle.wordpress.com
October 4, 2016
Linzi Upton https://thequiltquine.wordpress.com
Nicole Daksiewicz www.modernhandcraft.com/blog
October 5, 2016
Marti Michell http://frommartimichell.blogspot.com
Debby Brown http://higheredhands.blogspot.com
October 6, 2016
Melody Crust http://melodycrust.blogspot.com/
Kim Niedzwiecki http://www.gogokim.com
October 7, 2016
Patrick Lose http://www.patricklose.com
John Kubiniec https://bigrigquilting.com/blog/


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Quiltville Quote of the Day!

Vintage Drunkard’s Path, circa 1900.

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8 comments:

anna brown said...

Very nice book looks interesting ty for show and tell.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

Mary Ellen said...

Love a new book, especially this one!

Debbie said...

I love drunkards path but have never made one. The book looks great.

Pam said...

I would love to try John's new designs! Thank you for the giveaway!

Miss Jean said...

Love the new ideas. Templates would make the cutting so much faster. More time to try new layouts. 😀

Diane Evans said...

as you can see I have had fun with this pattern in a variation....is fun!

acoelke said...

What a great book. I made 2 drunkard path variations (twin size each) over 35 years ago. Well worn, they are still around. They were some within first ten quilts that I ever made.

sharon corbin said...

Wonderful! Thanks so much!!