Drunkard’s Path is definitely in my top three traditional quilt block designs, if not my absolute favourite! In fact, I was thinking to start one as we need a new quilt to go over the back of the sofa in our living room. So whenever I see a Drunkard’s Path quilt it always catches my eye.
I spotted this one in the Quilters’ Guild exhibition at Festival of Quilts 2022. It’s very striking, can you see why?
Yes! They’ve hung it with the front facing the wall. Presumably because the back is a work of art. Just look at all the papers that are intact.
The Guild refer to this as a ‘Jockey Cap’ set which is a name I’d not come across before. Here’s what the information displayed alongside said:
Jockey Cap Patchwork
“This unfinished piece of mosaic patchwork uses the jockey cap block, with a quartered circle set within a square block. The papers and tacking stitches are still intact, and the piece contains printed cottons of dress prints and some furnishing prints. The piece has been constructed in two distinct phases, with a central section of slightly larger blocks and older fabric prints and papers, and additional smaller blocks that have been created and added at a later date, with some of the papers created from rent books from 1899-1903. There are also nine unused blocks, which were completed but never added to the main piece.
The papers in the reverse reveal both handwritten and printed text The repeated words from copied sentences are indicative of a schoolwork copybook, and one of the circle quarters featured the Lord’s Prayer in tiny handwriting. One of the blue paper pieces is the printed text of an Astronomical Lecture, explaining the solar system, the sun, comets and elliptical and eccentric orbits. Another printed text fragment refers to the Duke of Cambridge and parliamentary discussions about Royal debts and allowances. the name ‘Elizabeth William’ occurs twice at the bottom of two fragments of schoolwork.”
I just love everything about this piece. The change of scale for a start. Do you think that was intentional? The Guild say that it was done in two phases, do you think one person started it and then another had a go at doing some more? And like so many intricate mosaic patchwork pieces that I’ve done over the years, it’s not finished! Thos two missing blocks from the bottom corner, but knowing that there were nine made that were unattached. Makes you wonder why this quilt was abandoned after getting so far. Mind you, if you had a root through my workroom you might wonder the same thing. Perhaps the maker got sidetracked with something else like I do.
I just loved it and I thought you might enjoy it too. This quilt, along with many others is cared for by the Quilters’ Guild Collection. Here is their website.
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