Back in November, shortly after Hurricane Sandy, I tripped over a request to make Wonky Log Cabin blocks for disaster victims. You see, I live near the coast in Delaware, and we were spared the worst of the storm. I could not imagine being in the position of those who had lost so much. The link to the quilt drive is below:
The Quilting gallery website provided instructions and matched me up with a team leader. I was brave, so I signed up to make 20 – Wonky Log Cabin Blocks. Now, I had never made a log cabin block before, but I had lots of bits & pieces sitting around to start with. Beyond the Quilting gallery instructions, I scanned the available blogs; searching for guidance.
I tripped over the Quilt Dad…http://www.quiltdad.com/2009/09/quilt-along-3-wonky-log-cabin-block.html — these were good instructions. He really showed you how to make the block WONKY !! (I had a little trouble doing imperfect sizes, especially as I was in the midst of taking a class!!!)
As my research continued, I found Baileys Quilting Headquarters video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=888EGHyAV3o ; where she showed some really fast piecing methods for building the blocks. After watching that video, I got my strips and bits and pieces out, and got to work. I followed her quick strip piecing method as shown in the video. Essentially, I was piecing two or 3 blocks at the same time. I am a chain piecer, so this method made me very happy! I did have trouble controlling just how BIG my blocks were getting tho; and I did make the occasional mistake (not attaching to the side with 3 pieces). But, as I learned in my quilt class….there are no quilt police (if you are not entering a contest). Look hard at the pictures and you can see a couple of my flubs; but they met the 10 foot rule!!!
I was taking a class during November, working on my grandkids Christmas gifts, working on class projects; and had to make a special trip to buy dark fabric to outline the blocks. I had a few interruptions in my block making and did not get them mailed for a month, but it was a very rewarding project to be involved with.
Of course, I haven’t seen how my big wonky blocks fit in with someone elses; but I hope they were WONKY enough and who ever gets the quilt enjoys having it, as much as I did in preparing the twenty blocks! I enjoyed making them, and I appreciate the Quilters Gallery website for giving me the opportunity to participate in this project.
I’ve put a link to Quilters Gallery page on the side of my blog; or click here – http://quiltinggallery.com/quilters-fun/
KUDOS to all the folks that post these great videos, make tutorials and write such great blogs!!
Sew have fun!!
Your blocks are beautiful and what a wonderful cause. And, I picked up a couple of new resources for guidance. Thanks.
Thanks! Hope those links prove valuable.
Your blocks look great. I just finished putting one of those quilts together and will be shipping it East this week. I’ll be posting pics soon.
Thanks; I had fun putting them together. I just wish I could have seen the finished quilt! 🙂 Maybe someday it will get posted.
These look fun. Ill have to try them when I get home and have a working machine.
The fun of “wonky” is you don’t have to have perfect pieces…just use your scraps. I sorted mine into piles based on their length, and used the short stuff first, as you end up needing pretty long pieces going around the block. The pieces do not have to be even width either. Totally goes against my perfect strip piecing mentality too. Once I got the block made (bigger than I needed); I took a 12″ square, set it on a bit of an angle, trimmed the block. The only thing uniform about these blocks was the nice dark brown fabric around the edges. That is nice and square.