Wonky Blocks – Quilt As You Go


Hi, I’m Marguerita and I’d like to show you one of the projects from newest book
“Finish (almost) Any Quilt – with Quilt-As-You-Go”. Come on, let me show you. Okay, so I could just add black fabric
all the way around it. That would be fine. That would be cute. But, I’m not going to. I want each block to look something like this.
And, they can be different sizes and we’re going to talk about that.
Right now, what I want to do is get wedges cut. Okay,
so just just like this is a wedge, of the black, I need wedges for, to start with, just this edge
and just this edge. These are square so it doesn’t matter.
Whichever, but opposite edges. And the wedges are going to look
just about like they do here. You would not have this much showing, okay. But, let’s see if I can line that up a little better. So, it would look about like that.
This wedge here on the top, this one here on the bottom.
Alright, so I’ll cut them and I’ll show you that a little bit better.
Right now, I’m just kind of getting an idea for the general look.
And, I like it! [bad audio] So, let’s get this cut at… 1,2,3,4 inches and, again this doesn’t have to be absolute perfection. You’re just
going to cut wonky wedges and, so, you know, they’re going to get trimmed up [sound of cutting] trimmed off.
So don’t be too particular. four. I’m just a horrible cutter so
(1,2,3,4) I like to double check. every time. [sound of cutting] Alright,
and for right now, this is extra. so if I don’t like how some of my
wedges work, I’ve got a little bit ot fabric to come back to.
I usually leave that on my cutting mat. so that I know that’s my extra fabric,
and I can work with that. Now from here, I get to cut some wedges. And here’s where the fun part comes.
We’re just going to “wonkify” these. And the angle you cut, you can
even cut them straight if you want, or just slightly off. You can go
way down. Just remember that this edge you are going to be sewing.
So don’t take it to the corner, alright? give yourself no less than three-quarters of an inch. From there you can work
anywhere in between, okay? It’s all just about having a good time. [laughs] This is, this is going to be a
really, really fun quilt. I can’t wait to see it finished and hanging on the wall. So here we go.
[cutting fabric sounds] Now that’s a set of four pieces.
I can do two squares with them. Okay, and because they’re cut,
if I keep them together like this no matter what angle I use,
if I use the match-up, okay, they’re going to end up
still being squares, alright? So, keep your cut pieces together in
that strip that you chose to cut them. because you’ll be adding them
on in pairs. Alright. So, that one was a pretty steep angle.
Let’s a little bit less this time. That’s an inch right there. Let’s go an inch here.
And let’s bring that back about an inch or so. So, not quite as stiff an angle this time.
And remember, before we sash our squares, we’re going to be playing with the
layout a lot. Probably a very lot. So, um, you’ll have all kinds of chances to,
um, play with how they look. before you actually finish putting
it all together into a quilt. And again, they don’t have to be symmetrical either.
This can be really small and this could be quite a bit more. Let’s try that. [sound of cutting]
That sounds like it could be pretty interesting. Okay, two more sets.
Oh, I messed these up. I’ll line them up. Probably should have pressed the fabric first.
But I’ll be pressing them when we add these bits on because we will need to set our seams.
That looks pretty cool. [sound of cutting] And the last one. I’ve done
a couple of them at pretty strong angles. I’m going to do this one pretty medium.
Not a lot of tilt here. [sound of cutting]
Okay, now we get to sew them on. For each set of strips that I cut –
they were layered four thick, so there’s four here – four here and they match up like this,
so I want to select four of my blocks to work with. Set the rest aside.
And then, one at a time, I’m going to add the strips. I’m going to add all on one side first,
chain piecing. Then I’m going to come back and add all on the other side,
chain piecing as well. Just a little bit faster. And we’re matching the bias edge – the cut edge-
to the side of our square – our block. So now this does look like that.
We want one of these. It’s going to look like this.
And this one is a really wonky one. So, um, it’s not perfectly square here. But, basically, you don’t want your widest
end here, over on this end. You want your widest end
towards the wider angle, here. Now, if you don’t like the way they are, like this,
Choose another set that has… …this has a very strong angle cut to it. Let’s see if we can find one with a
stronger angle. This one is. So, let’s set these aside for now. And let’s give these a try. First we’ll
put them back to square. Or a rectangle, rather.
Okay just like that. Now that’s a little bit better.
Because this is such a sharp angle this angle here. It’s such a strong angle.
This block works well with one that is also a strong angle on the cut. So, I’m going to go with these. Match up my raw edges, just smooth them out,
make sure my threads are back here. I’ve got lots of fabric to start on, too.
That’s always nice. [sound of sewing machine] [sound of sewing machine] I’ve got my squares all layered,
with their backing in their batting. And I’m ready to do the quilting.
Now one of the reasons I love these log cabins, wonky log cabins,
whatever you want to call them, is that the way that they’re made
makes it very easy to quilt them And let’s find one that, hopefully this
will be pretty easy to follow, um there’s a center square and there’s
always one strip that’s the same width. as the square. That’s this orange and
yellow one. So, I’m going to start at this point.
I’m just doing stitch in the ditch. I’m going to go around here. Follow the square.
Now I’m back to my start point. I’m not going to stop, or break threads, or anything. I’m going to come out here, and go
around, and just go this way, okay. I can go this way too, and do the whole outer side, without ever breaking the threads, or stopping and tying on and off.
I’m just going to be turning the block as I go. Leaving the
needle down at the corners just lifting up the presser foot, turn
the square around and keep right on going.
So, starting at the point where the center square meets its first piece that’s the same width, right here, around the square. And then over here, going out this way, along the next strip –I already did this one —
going this way, okay. And if I want to do the very last one, out, and follow all the way around the perimeter, ’till I’m back to my end point,
right here, okay. So, it’s really fast, really, really, easy. I’ll do it with my walking foot.
Feed dogs are up, so that they are grabbing
the fabric and moving it, and the walking foot is pushing the
fabric at the same time. I’m going to use my favorite clear polyester
thread, which is made by Sulky. And I will have these all stitched
in just an hour or two. One of the things I learned
as I sewed my wedges on was, it’s a better idea to match up the size of the wedges on all four sides. Now here, you can see, this is a big difference. Not that’s a big strong cut.
A lot a difference there. And the matching piece, on this side, same thing. But here, not so much of a contrast. Maybe from two-and-a-half inches
down to an inch-and-a-half. Not nearly as strong as this, which is almost three inches
down to almost half-an-inch. And that creates this gap.
If I had matched this strong wedge with another stronger one here, it would have created more of a square design. Like this. This is much better balanced. And because it is, not too
many gaps on the edges here. So, not too much to trim off.
I’ll be trimming off more because I’ve this. I’ll have to trim off more
and this will make a smaller square. than this one would, trimmed up. Not very much coming off here
to bring it back to square. And that’s because these wedges are
pretty well matched all the way around. So,
one thing to keep in mind when you’re sewing on your wedges, or when you’re cutting them, you want to have matching cuts on your short pieces and your longer pieces. Yay! The blocks are done! Now if you want
to watch another project, I’ve got a playlist of the project’s from my new book.
If you want to find out more about the book I’ve got a video about that.
Thanks so much for watching. I’m Marguerita and I’ll see you next time. Oh, I’ve forgot to say – I have finished all my quilts yet I just finished the ones I needed for that book.
I still have a lot of projects left to do. And, I’m done writing. So all the projects
now are just going on video.
I just finished the ones I needed for that book.
I still have a lot of projects left to do. And, I’m done writing. So all the projects
now are just going on video. I’ll upload them as I work
on them and as I finish them. So I invite you to come along
with me on that process too.