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    Curiosity Question

    I love order, balance and color appeal. When I decorate I normally decorate symmetrically, every once in a while I'll go asymmetrical (sp?). When It comes to quilting, I was drawn to the perfect piecing, lines, angles and shapes of quilts. What do ya'll think of "Wonky" quilting? I think that's what they're called where a bunch of leftovers are laid out to fill up a certain size. It makes me think somebody just threw a bunch of leftovers together and sewed it all up instead of learning how to really piece them together. I don't want to step on anyone's toes here so, nicely please, educate me if it's really artistic or not. I am NO professional but just am in awe when I see a very intricately pieced quilt. THAT to me is real talent!

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    I am not generally huge fan of "wonky", however, I'm currently thinking of setting my Dr. Seuss Lorax panel blocks wonky (wonkily ?). For Seuss it makes sense.

    I think with all things quilty it's each to their own. I'm just now learning to embrace really scrappy.

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    I appreciate the work that goes into all quilts but my hart and taste tend to lean to organized chaos. In the beginning I hated quilting but loved the patchwork. I avoided the quilting part by making victorian style crazy quilts. They are a lot of work and although that look like a mess of fabric thrown together they are really not. Piecing can be challenging due to the use of different fabrics from silks to heavy upholstery. All the pieces have to be harmonious because they all have to be embellished with silk, yarn and/or floss embroidery. They are both hand and machine pieced and always hand embroidered. They may not be everybody's taste but the work is difficult and intricate.
    As for modern quilts, they appeal to my rebellious side. Patchwork is as much art as it is craft and I like to break the constraints of traditional quilting and express myself in any way I like. It may not be everybody's cup of tea but I enjoy the freedom it gives me. It appeals to my creative side because no two quilts are alike.

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    Wonky quilts do not appeal to me any more than scrappy quilts do...just not my taste, and it has nothing to do with the talent of the quilters making them. I don't like Gee's Bend quilts either.
    The Earth without art is just "Eh".

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    I do sometimes like wonky. The colors and shapes still have to appeal to me.

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    If I were making a quilt for myself I would probably use a lot of scraps. I'm of the waste not want not school having grown up pretty poor. I just can't stand to see things wasted or thrown away when they can be repurposed. A TV throw or lap quilt is usually just for cuddling under and not displayed on a bed, so I use a lot of scraps and make some very "scrappy" ones. For my friends and family I usually try to do a nice organized pattern. I go for the easy ones, pinwheels, split rail, and a lot of Jenny's from Missouri Quilt Co. However, everyone has their own styles and preferences and as the saying goes "THERE ARE NO QUILT POLICE HERE"...just enjoy.
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    I think your thinking of "Crazy Quilts" where various scraps - often various fabrics (lace, velvet, satin, cotton, etc) are used in whatever shape "fits" and are often embellished with embroidery, edging, beading etc.

    I'm not a fan, but I need to explain.

    If I'm going to make something like that, I don't want to see that each piece is the same size square. Even though the pieces are all different, I can always tell where one square ends and another starts - and they are usually made from the same size blocks.

    I would handle it differently for an overall "unorganized" look using both square and rectangular blocks so that a "pattern" isn't identifiable.

    I love organized patterns, but when my goal is to look unorganized I need it to look TOTALLY unorganized.
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    I guess I like the challenge of what a scrap quilt is going to look like. I've heard that there is no such thing as wrong colors in a scrap quilt because your eye is not drawn to any one color.

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    Can't say as how crazy quilts are my favorite either. But I can appreciate the work that goes into making them. Aren't we lucky out chosen hobby has so very many options to suit all our different tastes.
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    I went to a quilt show once where they displayed vintage quilts. One section was devoted to the traditional pieced and appliqued quilts we all know so well. The other section was devoted to "wonky" quilts created by slaves and poor families from the same period. What amazed me was that those wonky quilts -- fabrics put together in ways I never had even considered -- were alive! Especially compared to the traditional quilts. When walking between sections, it was striking how alive the wonky quilts were, and how dead the traditional quilts appeared.

    I have difficulty making wonky quilts, but I wish I could make a few that would come alive the way that display of old quilts did. Maybe some day.....

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    I made a baby quilt for friends with somewhat modern taste and decided to make it a wonky square - with little jungle animals in the centers. It took me way longer than it would have to do straight pieces, but the result was just right. Here is a shot I took of the blocks before putting them together. I forgot to get a pic of the completed quilt, but you get the idea. Anyway, they just loved it. Most of the time I do more symmetrical stuff, except for my foundation pieced crazy quilt style wall hangings. Name:  DSCF8588.JPG
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    While I admire the absolutely precise quilts some are able to make, I love the cohesion and spirit of scrappy and wonky quilts - I'm very moved by Prism99's story about the traditional and wonky quilts being displayed at the same show. There are all sorts of quilt patterns and designs out there so everyone can make what makes them happy, what completes their sense of accomplishment and fulfillment - they are ALL artistic and beautiful
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    I think improvisational quilts serve many purposes. I'm taking a class with Kathy Schmidt in a few weeks on just that subject. While I appreciate traditional, symmetrical quilts, I also appreciate more free-spirited creations.

    Beyond that, I think that sort of quilting can be good for your creativity. Stepping outside your box can tap into another part of your brain, and while you may not get hooked on something "wonky", it may have a positive effect on the traditional quilts you do create. Just like "muscle memory" is good for doing FMQ because the doodles and designs stay with you, exercising a new part of your brain can get things going in other ways.

    I think that's one reason the Quilting Board is so successful. There are so many kinds of quilters here; there's no way you can be expected to love all of them, but being exposed to so many different creations can only be helpful.

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    Wow, I never took the OP's question to rule out everything that wasn't 'straight and narrow' traditional quilts. I never work 'inside the box', way too confining, but I still am not drawn to wonky or scrappy quilts. My abstracts are all carefully planned, but definitely not traditional...it's the random scattering of colors, patterns, and lines that I thought the OP was addressing. Guess maybe I misunderstood her?
    The Earth without art is just "Eh".

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    Wonky or Crazy

    Have enjoyed reading the comments on the "wonky" quilts; In my mind I think there is a difference between Wonky quilts and Crazy Quilts. I think that Crazy Quilting was a way of using up scrap and salvageabe clothing and then turning it into something beautiful with all the extra ebellisments such as embroidery and/or sequins etc etc. My idea of a Wonky quilt is a quilt designed to be put together to look out of square. Now this is just my opinion; I love most of the beautiful crazy quilts while I am not drawn at all to the "out of square on purpose" ones. Sincerly, Antylu

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    Guess I'm in the minority....sometimes mine are supposed to be an organized "masterpiece" but end up alittle "wonky". Oh, whoa, is me!! LOL!!

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    I prefer scrap, wonky, and patterns of my own design . I have seen loads of patterns that are very pretty, but I would never us a pattern, as it is someone else's work. If I am going to spend the time to cut, sew, and what ever it takes to make the quilt, then I want it to be mine, not that I bought the pattern for it, or rfound it in a magazine.

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    I love them all, but scrappy quilts are my favorite...I love the abundance of color splashed all over it, the brighter the better for me. It is funny how we all like different things but I'm glad we do, or else we'd go to quilt shows and see the same old thing hanging there in different colors...to each his own, variety is the spice of life!!!

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    barri1, I too do a lot of my own...I want them to be different than what anyone else has done...so far I've had no complaints from the people I make them for.

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    I love and admire all the quilts - from the scrappy string to the intricate paper-pieced medallion quilts. In a way, they reflect some of the personality of the piecer/quilter.

    And I really admire a finished quilt! I am surrounded by so many UFO's that I must be an Alien!

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    I'm taking a class on modern quilting and learning about "wonky". She's teaching how to do "wonky" very gently. At first, I thought I wouldn't like the modern quilting at all and now I love it and I thought for sure I wouldn't like the "wonky" and now I love it too. Boy, I love batiks now. What's going on with me? I'm changing. I'm liking a whole different kind of quilting now. I use to only like traditional. Now this modern quilting is something I'm really getting into. I just bought a bunch of solid colors, just what I need for this modern quilting. I would never have bought solids a year ago. It would have all been floral. I'm moving, I guess.
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    I've never liked scrappy. If I can't see a pattern of some sort, it doesn't appeal to me at all. However, I do love crazy quilts, there seems to be some method to the madness in those that I like. Tastes change, so, who knows I might come to like scrappy, but for now I'm staying with blocks where I can see a pattern of some sort.

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    I have made both the more traditional and the wonky and I have liked both. I really look at the color and composition of the quilts I look at (even of scrappy quilts) -- the ones I like seem to use the lights and darks or shades of two colors in a carefully thought out way. I am wowed by some of the landscape and portrait quilts I have seen -- and I am in awe of the applequed quilts. To me, all quilts are special given the amount of time and effort that the quilters have put into them, but I still have my favorites.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LyndaOH View Post
    I Stepping outside your box can tap into another part of your brain, and while you may not get hooked on something "wonky", it may have a positive effect on the traditional quilts you do create. Just like "muscle memory" is good for doing FMQ because the doodles and designs stay with you, exercising a new part of your brain can get things going in other ways.

    I think that's one reason the Quilting Board is so successful. There are so many kinds of quilters here; there's no way you can be expected to love all of them, but being exposed to so many different creations can only be helpful.

    Quilt on!
    So true. I couldn't agree more.

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