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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Be Liberated! Go Wonky with a Star

A Wonky Star Block: note the uneven/unequal rays of the star points.

I began attending my local "chapter" of a Modern Quilt Guild in January this year. If you have an opportunity to be part of a guild, club, class, you'll be inspired like I am! I love seeing what people produce! Each month some members of the guild are participating in a "quilting bee exchange" in which we make blocks for one another according to the designated "queen bee's" instructions. For the Queen Bee of March, I made this star block yesterday which I'll be returning to her at tonight's meeting. Each of her blocks will be different color themes. She asked us to select fabrics from our stash according to the particular colorway of the fabric swatch she'd attached to each individual bag, in which she also included fabric bits for the wonky star's parts and 2 yummy pieces of chocolate. Great idea!
Notice how the seams are ironed on the back to interlock & reduce bulk.

Wonky stars, and other wonky patterns, are simple to make. They liberate the quilter, regardless of his/her level of experience, from the worry of matching points, being exact, and all the other "rules" that can intimidate us. My goal is to have fun and be creative by sewing something to enjoy as art; to inspire, soothe or create passion in a room; to grace a table as a runner or place-mat; to "garnish" my life and the lives of others in any number of ways: potholders, mug rugs, apron, jacket, handbag, and so much more! Let's not let the details get in our way. :-)

For tutorials on how to construct this block:
  1. See Kat's instructions:
  2. If you haven't discovered Jenny (specializing in fast, easy, and fun quilting) of the Missouri Star Quilt Company, you need to! See lots of incredible tutorials on their website, and her goal is usually. Here's her: Wonky Star Charm Pack Quilt
The block I constructed used 3.5" squares and finishes at 15.25". It wouldn't take long to produce and enjoy a quilt made with these delightful, liberating stars!

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  1. I love the look of a monotonic gridded background. It is really cute combined with the wonky star. I love the wonky look in general but have difficulty freeing myself to do it. You have inspired me.

  2. Go for it, Diane, you'll love getting liberated :) You might find it less intimidating if you use it in a small project. There's so many ways to use blocks. I leave random blocks I've made hanging on my "design wall" ( a yard or two of felt fabric tacked on the wall), and whenever I look up there, I ruminate about how to use them. Yesterday I found myself thinking of!

  3. This block looks great! I have done a reverse star, but I think it would be fun to make a rainbow one.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jasmine. How nice to have that quilting machine at your fingertips, nice work!

  4. Yes! This is great! I love wonky! You are so fortunate to be able to attend a guild. Sounds like a lot of fun and a nice way to meet like minded creative people like yourself.