“Drunkard’s Path” quilt – machine embroidery ‘in the hoop’

Sweet Pea’s “Drunkard’s Path” quilt design


Such an odd name to give to a very beautiful quilt design.  Our “Drunkard’s Path ” quilt design may have an ugly name but it has a very interesting origin.

Ugly name…. important past

This quilt like many others has a history behind it.

The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) was founded in November 1874 in Cleveland, Ohio

It was a movement that was started to rid the country of beer and liquor and an end to the abuse and suffering that families had to endure as a result of men who spent too much time and money in saloons.

One of their most successful ways of fundraising was to raffle and sell quilts.

Although the Pattern originated in England the W.C.T.U. renamed it the Drunkard’s Path as a testament to their work and cause.

It is also known as Drunkard’s Walk, Wanderer in the Wilderness, Rob Peter to Pay Paul, or Mill Wheel. The Amish later called it Solomon’s Puzzle or Old Maid’s Puzzle.

Modern Day “Drunkard’s Path” quilt made in the hoop , machine embroidery

Ugly name but beautiful quilting .. these days with the aid of our clever embroidery machines we can reproduce these stunning quilts quickly and easily . All the appliqué, quilting and embroidery are all done in the hoops of our machines.

Traditional appearance with modern methods

How lucky are we today to be able to make these quilts so easily . Modern machine embroidery does not seek to wipe out the traditional methods of making these wonderful heirlooms but more to give us ‘time poor’ quilters an easier way to produce something equally as beautiful.

Easy instructions and detailed photos

Our “Drunkard’s Path” design comes with all the instructions you need to make your own beautiful quilt with the ugly name .







    • That’s the great thing about in the hoop designs. The end result looks incredibly amazing and looks like it has been difficult to make and very time consuming when in fact it has been a lot easier and quicker than the traditional way


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