• 20 fat eighths or 2.5m (2 3/4yd) total of fabric - each of the 20 jigsaw pieces requires a fat eighth of fabric
  • 0.5m (20in) of fabric for the border
  • 1.25 x 1.4m (44 x 54in) wadding
  • Nine fat quarters or 2.5m (23/4yd) total of 'I spy' or novelty fabrics for the backing
  • Neutral sewing thread for piecing
  • Brightly coloured machine quilting threads

Finished Size

Approx 108 x 131 cm (42 1/2 x 51 1/2in)

Skill Level


The project makes a super story quilt to amuse and educate small
children; not only do you use many different fabrics on the front of the quilt, you can also use story fabrics on the back as well. Have fun!


  1. Trace or photocopy the Drunkard's Path template from the pattern sheet, and glue onto firm card. Using sharp scissors cut out the shapes carefully. Use these templates for all the Drunkard's Path sets in this project.
  2. Following the Cutting Instructions below, place the templates on the wrong side of the fabrics and draw round them with a fine pencil. Using sharp fabric scissors cut the shapes out on the drawn line, Figure 1.
Figure 1
Figure 1: Drunkard's Path set


  1. For each jigsaw piece carefully cut the following pieces:
    • One 6 1/2in square of fabric
    • One 3 1/2in square of fabric
    • Four Drunkard's Path sets from the same fabric
  2. From the background fabric carefully cut the following pieces:
    • Nine 3 1/2in squares
    • One 6 1/2 x 3 1/2in rectangle
    • Right hand border 45 1/2 x 3 1/2in
    • Top border 42 1/2 x 3 1/2in
    • Eighteen Drunkard's Path sets
Figure 2
Figure 2-8 Assembling the pieces


  1. Following the plan for the quilt in Figure 13, layout the pieces, making sure that all the units will connect with the next section and matching the correct fabrics for each jigsaw piece.
  2. Join the Drunkards Path sets as follows: with right sides together, fold the large section in half and finger press the fold on the curve. With wrong sides together, fold the small section in half and finger press the fold on the curve. See Figure 2.
  3. Place the two pieces of fabric right sides together, matching the raw edges on the curve and aligning the finger press marks, pin in place, Figure 3.
  4. Align the corners of both units and pin. Pin along the curved edge easing the fabrics into the curve, Figure 4. Stitch along the curved edge with a 1/4in seam allowance; press the seam allowance towards the larger of the two units.
  5. Sew the Drunkard's Path units into the correct fabric pairs, Figure 5. If necessary, pin the units where the curved seams meet. Press the seam allowances either open or to one side as you prefer.
  6. Sew a 3 1/2in square to the top end of one side of a Drunkard's Path set on each jigsaw piece, making sure that you match the correct fabrics, Figure 6. Press the seam allowance towards the 3 1/2in square.
  7. Sew the long side of the second Drunkard's Path set onto the 6 1/2in square, again making sure that you match the correct fabrics, Figure 7. Press the seam allowance towards the 6 1/2in square.
  8. Stitch together the large and small units to make the Jigsaw block, butting the seam allowances at the large square, Figure 8.
  9. Take time at this point to check the size of your blocks and trim if necessary; this will make joining them together so much easier. Stitch the Jigsaw blocks together into rows, Figure 9. Press the seam allowances on each row in opposite directions. Stitch the rows together, butting the seam allowances against each other to match the fabric colours, Figure 10
Figure 2-8
Figure 9: Join the blocks
Figure 10: Join the rows


  1. Following Figure 13, sew the Drunkard's Path fabric pairs together. Sew a 3 1/2in background square between each Drunkard's Path pair. On the bottom row, sew a 3 1/2in background square on the left-hand end and a 6 1/2 x 3 1/2in background rectangle on the right-hand end. See Figure 11.
  2. 0n the left side border sew a 3 1/2in background square on the top edge, Figure 12. Matching the seams, first sew on the left side pieced border and then sew on the right side plain border.
  3. Matching seams where necessary, stitch on the top plain and bottom pieced borders, Figure 13. Press pieced border seams in towards the main body of the quilt and plain border seam allowances outwards towards the border fabric.

Figure 11: Bottom Border



Figure 12: Left Border

Figure 13: Quilt Layout


Figure 9
Figure 14: Backing Layout
  1. For the back of this quilt, raid your stash for fun fabrics that have a lot going on in them. Choose fabrics that a child can use to increase their knowledge of words and also for adults to use as a story base. Stephanie used nine fabrics, but you could make the sections smaller and use many more fabrics to create an 'I spy' backing to your quilt, making it two quilts in one.
  2. Cut the nine fat quarters of backing fabric as follows, making sure that you get anyone-directional fabrics the correct way up:
    • One centre block, 14 1/2in wide x 17 1/2in long
    • Four corner blocks, 16in wide x 20in long
    • Two side middle blocks, 16in wide x 17 1/2in long
    • Top and bottom middle blocks, 14 1/2in wide x 20in long
  3. Join the backing fabric sections into rows with a 1/4in seam allowance. Press the seam allowances in opposite directions on alternate rows. Join the rows together, butting the seam allowances together on each row to make a neat join. See Figure 14.
  4. The sections will all be equal when your quilt is finished. The extra fabric allowances on the outer sections are to give enough fabric in case there is any shrinkage while quilting. Layer the backing fabric right side down, and then the wadding and pieced quilt top right side up. Pin, tack or spray glue the layers together.Jigsaw
  5. Quilt as desired. Stephanie quilted 1/4in inside each jigsaw piece with a multi-coloured quilting thread and one line around the outside of the whole jigsaw in a matching colour to the border fabric. On each jigsaw section, using an assortment of machine quilting threads, have fun trying out different shapes; circles, hearts, squiggles and any other free machining that might match the fabrics.


  1. Cut binding fabric 2 1/4in wide. You will need a total of 195in (5 1/2yd), or 5m. Cut five strips from the width of the fabric, joining the lengths with a bias join. Fold and iron press the binding in half lengthways, wrong sides together.
  2. Attach to the front of the quilt top matching raw edges. Mitre the binding at the corners and fold the binding to the back of the quilt. Pin and hand sew the folded edge of the binding to the back of the quilt: again mitre the binding at the corners to finish. Add a label to complete this exciting child's quilt.

First published in Popular Patchwork Issue 7 2007