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    wonky block

    Hi everybody... I'm making a 'scrappy' quilt using up a bunch of crumbs and I've made 6" blocks. I've bordered them in 3" solid colors now I want them to be wonky and I can not for the life of me figure out how you guys do that and yet still have a square block. I've been trying to figure this out all darn day and I'm about to just trash this whole project, but I've got so much time into it already. Sooo can someone PLEASE walk me through how to do this or if there is a youtube for it point me in the right direction.. thanks so much

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    exactly what do you mean by "wonky" it can have several meanings. what look do you want. difficult without seeing the blocks. are they all the same or different patterns, you say scrappy. strips or precise pattern etc in the 6" blocks

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    I am sure the math wizards have some nifty way to do it but I do mine the easy way. It wastes a little fabric but saves some brain cells. I sew 3 inch strips to all sides of my center block. I lay my square ruler on top but turn it to get the wonky angle and trim.
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    I have done some 'wonky' blocks. I used Bonnie Hunters tip from quitville.com Happy Scrappy Houses ~ http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2005/...py-houses.html ~ about half way down.
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    A picture worth a thousand words, Tartan. Perfect explanation.
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    http://www.modabakeshop.com/2012/04/...arm-quilt.html just a way of doing them.
    you can do this with a square block though, just put your ruler tilted and make sure you have 1/4 seam or more all the way around. cut, turn cut and you have a wonky block. have fun.

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    I do the same as Tartan

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    Ditto for Tartan's method.

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    but the 6" blocks are already made. If we could see what has been done then it will be easier to give suggestions. It appears they are not wonky now. So, what needs to be done to make them wonky.

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    I have seen patterns that take a block already made, stack it on top of the others, then use a rotary cutter and ruler to slash them, usually three slashes at varying slants. I know there are quilt designers out there that have books on doing this, there may be patterns too. One name that comes to mind is M'liss Rae Hawley does this, I think!
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    Thanks Tartan been wondering myself and haven't attempted to try yet but now I will. Thanks
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    Saw something on fons and porter about making your own 'tilted template' . . . I have a couple of their magazines, I wonder if it is one that I have. I'll go look, but . .

    You draw a big square and measure in a small amount, and mark a dot, and a larger amount, and mark a dot. You do this for all four sides. Then you connect a dot from one side to a dot on the next side. If you look at tartan's picture, this crazy description will make a little bit of sense! Of course, I don't remember enough of anything specific to actually help!

    I do remember it being called "tilted". Maybe it had dogs in the blocks . . ??

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    I like the easy way of doing them.

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    Smile wonky block

    Hi.. I'm trying to make a 'wonky' block and getting NoWhere fast.... I've got a 6" scrappy for the middle now I want to put the boarder as the wonky. I've got 3" boarders for these scrappys but for the life of me I have no idea how to cut this part. I remember seeing on here a couple weeks ago someone had a templet with the inner picture drawn on it and then they only had to focuse that part of the block and cut away the rest of the boarder to make it wonky. BUT I have no idea where that went and I have worked on this dang thing ALL day yesterday and am at it again today and still NOWHERE. I'm just about ready to trash these 37 blocks... grrrrrr Sooo if someone can help me to figure this out I would greatly appreciate it. Either explain it to me or a utube

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    Can you post some pictures? I'm not really understanding what you are trying to do. There are a lot of ways to make a block/border wonky-either accidently or on purpose.

    Or maybe the person who posted the original template will respond.

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    It may be that to do a wonky border for around a center straight block you need to have two border fabrics to cut and sew together. Sometimes it works to make the originial center block wonky also, but that doesn't sound like what you want to do here. When I make wonky (and I do pretty often) I sew the color strips I want together, then cut the border the way that looks best to me, making both sides "uneven", but the finished square exactly the same size as the others in the quilt. If you plan to use sashing you can cut it wonky also, but this is much harder than having blocks that end up the same size but with a wonky look.

    I can't put a photo on but if you pm me with your email address I will send you a photo or two of what I'm saying.

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    Hmm, I'm having trouble also trying to picture what you are talking about. Hopefully someone will post pictures so the rest of us can understand. Might help us at some time in the future. Who know, I might like the intentional wonky look!

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    Are you trying to 'wonky' each block? Try this method from Bonnie Hunter (mid way down the page) ~ http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2005/...py-houses.html
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    When I was typing the response above DH came in and told me I had 10 minutes before leaving for the doc (I've had surgery recently). I panicked and didn't put in or clarify what I wanted to tell you. Much of this is repetitious, but it is better put together. So sorry about that!

    To do a wonky border for around a center straight block you need to have two border fabrics to cut and sew together. Sometimes it works to make the original center block wonky also, but that doesn't sound like what you want to do here. When I make wonky (and I do pretty often) I sew the color strips I want together, then cut the border the way that looks best to me, leaving one edge straight and the other at an angle, but the finished square exactly the same size as the others in the quilt. If you plan to use sashing you can cut it wonky also, but this is much harder than having blocks that end up the same size but with a wonky look. It's important to NOT make them all the same cut if you want a free wonky look.

    You could also do the center straight blocks but first put thefinished center blocks in the order you want on a design wall or a table. Then make rectangles of, say 3" x 5" each (for the tops of 5" unfinished squares and 3" x 6" for the sides (or mix up which way you want to do it, but you need to add one way to make the wonky large enough) using fabrics from you stash, put them face to face together and cut them on a diagonal (remember to add 1/2" for the two seam allowance, for connecting to each other and to the block), and when you make your rows, either up and down or size ways the effect will be wonky. I've never done this before (it takes careful planning and I would have the pieces laid out to help ensure they end up right since the edges have to be the ones that go together).

    Do a practice one using paper to see how you thing you might want to lay out the wonky frames.

    I can't put a photo on but if you pm me with your email address I will send you a photo or two of what I'm saying. This might seem daunting, but after doing about 3 edges you'll find yourself on a roll! It adds a lot of movement to a quilt!!! I do hope this helps more than confuses.
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    I like where you put the ruler at an angle and cut. Would you then sew the pieces you cut off together for a border? Just my thoughts.

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    I have to go with Tartan's method, it wastes a little fabric(use later in a scrappy) but you get a perfect wonky block every time. If you want a double border, just add another row of fabric and lay a bigger square on there wonky or not.
    If you want to do it the other way Marguerita has a video showing how to do it :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uz90AMsLWyY
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    I cut rectangles, and cut them in half lengthwise. Try some on scrap blocks, sometimes it takes a couple tries to get the length right. You loose a lot in the seams, and you want the points to come out right at the corners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice View Post
    but the 6" blocks are already made. If we could see what has been done then it will be easier to give suggestions. It appears they are not wonky now. So, what needs to be done to make them wonky.
    that is correct Holice.. the 6" is already made and I added the 3" boarder so now I want them on the 'tilt' wonky.. so thats where I'm stuck... lol...
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