Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Wonky Challenged


Way back in 1996 I made a Delectable Mountains quilt for a wedding present. The perfect colour was a Debbie Mum print with Noah's Ark along each selvage edge. I cut off the borders and used the rest. I have a few miles of the border left. The Delectable Mountains were in rows which is kind of a favorite setting of mine. This will be how the these boats will float as well. In between the flotilla I will do pieced blocks. I have half square triangles (6") for some of the rows. But I want wonky. I am no perfectionist but actually trimming these to wonky has me slightly paralyzed! 8^{
How do you do wonky???
Then I'll be needing more pieced blocks because like most of my bright ideas this has grown from a baby quilt to a youth bed quilt to 2 bunk quilts. So I need some ideas for deliberately cutting wonky and then what shapes would be compatible for some of the other rows. The border print is 5" deep so I'm thinking 5" blocks. About 7 blocks per row, maybe 7 rows of blocks, 7 rows of border print.
How did 'winging it' for a wonky quilt get so wediculously wrinkled?

7 comments:

whatktmadenext said...

Oh, I'm totally with you. Wonky can be just as hard as non-wonky.

How about getting some scrap fabric and cutting it wonky style. Maybe after a bit of that you'll feel more relaxed about wonky cutting the real thing?

Createology said...

I like wonky, wascal wabbits and Elmer Fudd. Happy creating...

True Blue Nana said...

Ok, I don't know a rhyme but with wonky you don't cut triangles. Hard to explain but I know how to woo it!!

beth said...

I agree with your first commentor. Wonky isn't always easy. It will be very cute whatever you do.

Wonky Girl said...

Go to Bonnie's quiltville and look at her wonky stars (is that what she calls them?) and also her wonky houses for ideas.

KatieQ said...

I love the look of wonky, but rarely achieve it. How about if you added a sort of wonky rectangle that was cut in 2 parts off corner, so that the resulting pieces are 1 triangle and 1 trapezoid. When it's attached to the bottom of the half square triangle blocks, they would look like wonky boats floating on the ocean waves. This looked kind of cute when I drew it out on paper, but I'm not how it would look with fabric. Reality is not my strong point.
The border is very cool.

KatieQ said...

Sorry, my first post did not make sense. I meant to say, "I'm not sure how it would look with fabric. It's hard to believe that English is my first language.