Wacky



this one took a long time to finish, because I had the urge to hand quilt it.  i like always having a small quilt like this in the midst of hand quilting.  i keep it in my bag by the back door, and if we're heading out somewhere i'll take it along a quilt while we drive.  


































i was inspired by Denyse Schmidt's "Any Way You Slice It" quilt in her first quilt book.  Of course I didn't follow her instructions since I would never use templates unless it was the absolute only way to make the quilt!

so here's how i did it.

- cut a bunch of 9" squares out of crazy random fabrics.
- stack 5 (or 4) of these squares.
- make 4 cuts diagonally, making them a bit wonky
- rearrange this stack so that each fabric appears once in each block
- sew them together and square them up to your desired size (probably will be around 8"-8.5")

does that make any sense?  it's very simple once you just do it.  it's a common technique that's often called "Stack n Whack" or some thing like that.



you can see my hand quilting here.  just free hand circles going around the center of each diamond.  i used bright pink perle cotton, which made me choose this pink gingham binding.  which ends up being my favorite part of this quilt.

31 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I love the way you quilted it.

    ReplyDelete
  2. oh, what a fun gorgeous quilt, so pretty!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I'm having a baby in December; I think I'm going to make his quilt like this!

    ReplyDelete
  4. LOVE it!!!! what a great quilt.. i love the wonky and the variety of fabrics and colors!

    ReplyDelete
  5. love the happy colors and the hand quilting :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. lovely quilt! so joyful. I, too, always have a quilt in my basket by the door to go!

    ReplyDelete
  7. so so lovely! i love the rounded corners too. very beautiful jolene!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Adorable! I think I need to try this! I see that you have fabric for sale in your shop! Have you ever thought of putting fabric kits together, for example, one for a quilt similar to this? I would be first in line! You have such a knack for colour!

    ReplyDelete
  9. This is probably a dumb question, but how did you get your corners rounded so nicely? I like the look of rounded corners! Was it hard to bind with rounded corners? I'd love to see a tutorial of how to do it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You use the edge of a saucer, bowl or cup and trace on the rounded edge and then trim. Rounded edges are easier to bind because you just go around them like you do the straight edge of the quilt.

      Delete
  10. Jolene, this is so awesome! And thanks for the explanation, I never. Use templates either. Your fabrics, curvy edges and hand quilting just make it!

    ReplyDelete
  11. So cool!! Did you use a pattern for your quilted circles, or just wing it?

    ReplyDelete
  12. Hi there, my name is Bonnie...I am new to your blog. I am absolutely loving your quilts. You are so talented! I love the colors and fabric prints you have used. Your blog is very vibrant and I look forward to future posts!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I love it. I looks wonderful and so simple! Thanks for sharing how you did it. I've been wondering how people do things like this!

    ReplyDelete
  14. It is so cheery and beautifully finished!

    ReplyDelete
  15. So cute! I'm going to use the idea for one of my doll quilts. Probably start with 5" or 6" squares. I have a new second blog now: Hope you'll come visit me at preciouscottage.blogspot.com and my 1st blog mcreatesdaily.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  16. Very pretty, Jolene! I like this version of a string quilt a whole lot!!! Thanks for sharing.....

    ReplyDelete
  17. Super! Thanks for you wrote how you did it! I like that the way it looks like non-simmetric hand-writing and painting, a little bit сhaotic. Very cute!

    ReplyDelete
  18. I heard someone say Stack and Wack the other day and I forgot to look it up. Thanks for clarifying the term for me! Darling quilt -- and yes, pink is fabulous!

    ReplyDelete
  19. What a great quilt. Problem is I want to make one too and I have way too many projects on the go already! Thank you for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  20. I like the quilting I am seeing done with perle cotton. Your quilt is lovely

    ReplyDelete
  21. What type/brand of batting did you use? it looks so soft-I love the soft,cozy, comfy look of it!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Great wacky quilt. Love the rounded corners too, have never thought to do that, thanks!!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Your quilt is so beautiful! I really love those 'wonky' stripe block and lovely colours!

    ReplyDelete
  24. This is the most perfect quilt ever! I love absolutely everything the colors (of course), the irregular strings, the hand quilting, the round corner, and that fabric in the backing!!
    I'm inspired to do a similar one for my baby due in december, started on friday and today got it prepared for quilting, is the first thing I'll do for him/her and I felt suddenly anxious :)

    I only have remnants, and don't have a big collection, so It won't be so beautiful, but I want to thank you anyway for the sudden inspiration. Thank you!!

    (I wish I had your color sensibility oneday :) )

    ReplyDelete
  25. Wow, I LOVE this quilt! I've never made a quilt, but am dying to start, so this one's going on my list of future projects. Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete