Proof of concept

wonky disappearing nine patch, originally uploaded by Compwalla.

These squares have been made into a small version of a quilt that I want to make from Jenean Morrison’s California Dreamin’ fabric line. I know I want to make the blocks wonky but I am not following anyone’s pattern for this quilt. It’s going to be all my own. I’ve had the fabric for a long time and it’s now discontinued so before I jumped into making the quilt with fabric I can’t replace should I hose it up or not like the results, I decided to pull some fat quarters from my stash and do a test run first.

The blocks started out as 8″ squares and were turned into wonky nine patches using the tutorial at Oh, Fransson! Then I further liberated them by slicing them through the center once vertically and once horizontally, rotating the bits, and sewing them back together. It’s a combination of wonky nine patch + disappearing nine patch and I really love the way the blocks turned out.

I pieced them together into this quilt top:

And I’m madly in love with this! The things I am going to do differently are start with a larger beginning square and move the piano key strip farther down. The blocks ended up at 6″ by the time I got done slicing and dicing and putting them all back together again so the squares in the quilt are only 5.5″ square. I want the ‘real’ quilt to be bigger so I’m planning to start with 12″ squares and go from there. I still have not decided on how I’m going quilt it. I’ve got several test sandwiches and so far I’m not happy with anything I’ve tried. I’ll figure it out, though.

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