Saturday, August 30, 2008

Judy L's Labor Day Challenge

Judy at Patchwork Times is hosting a Labor Day Challenge quilting session--and I am finding it particularly challenging.

It looks easy enough, doesn't it? Just wonky squares inside other squares.

It's the wonky that's doing a number on my head. I am a traditionalist and it's making me crazy to deliberately have crooked lines in my squares.

This is my focus fabric--strange fabric. I don't remember where or why I bought it, but it's perfect for this project.

I cut it into wonky squares, as instructed.

And here are the coordinating fabrics:

Except it's taking more than I thought, and I'm not sure I'll be able to come up with enough in my stash that coordinates with the colors in the focus fabric. And HORRORS! We can't have fabric that doesn't coordinate, can we?

These are the 12 squares I made last night:

See the orange one? I goofed and had to piece the outer square because I didn't have enough fabric to remove that side and sew on another one.

This has definitely sent me out of my comfort zone.

Now, back to bed.


Jacquie said...

Good for you stepping out of that nice straight box! Have fun!

Pat said...

I, too, am having trouble cutting slant-y squares. I want to be neat and orderly in my quilt making! you are not alone :)

MightyMom said...

off set the squares with black sashing then won't need as much fabric. and those bright colors will pop.

it's awesome..but I don't do wonky anything. must have order and symmetry...I'm as bad as Hercule Poirot!

Lori in South Dakota said...

I agree with using the black, will really make them shine. I love the focus fabric, reminds of an old fashioned rag rug! How great a simple pattern can look!

Stephanie D. said...

It's not the sashing that worries me, because Judy shows the squares all joined together without sashing. It's the amount of fabric needed to go around the focus fabric--cutting them wonky uses more fabric than just equal sides. I have lots of funky shaped pieces left over that aren't long enough to use in this quilt again, unless it's in the border.

MightyMom said...

those are called "scraps" and go back in the bucket for another day........


I thought you didn't have enough to make it as large as you like. (I'd still sash it in'll add)

Anonymous said...

No, it doesn't look easy. ;-)
anything other than plain squars bigger than 2 inches isn't easy.

Have fun and enjoy your Labor Day!!

Steph said...

OOOhhh I LOVE this one! I'm all about diagonals, slants, tilts, and anything that makes stuff more visually interesting. Way to go!

em's scrapbag said...

Those blocks are fabulous. Great focus fabric.

gardenymph said...

I love what you are doing, Stephanie! Those colors are so cheerful. I haven't attempted wonky anything yet, but I am sure that I will find it equally as difficult to step outside the comfort zone. :~)

MouseChirpy said...

Stephanie, I think this quilt is going to be gorgeous when it's completed. I like the look of the wonky squares and the rich jewel-toned color palate that you've chosen.

Perry said...

I didn't do this one for some reason, not sure why. This one really looks like a fun quilt. I like your colors and you are having fun, right? lol

Anonymous said...

Hehe, good on ya for embracing the wonky! It's ok to be a daring and boldly go where no quilt has thread before!!

Thanks for stopping by artisania, I'll see if I can track down that article.