Wednesday, June 15, 2011

You Can Try

Subtle Wonky Blocks

It's fun to take a traditional block, change the grid dimensions, and watch the block go all wonky. You can get some interesting designs that way.

Some times a block that is a little wonky is all you need.

This block is Square and Star. It is very prim and proper. I think it would be a good idea if it were to cut loose and go a little wonky.
There are a lot of different ways you can vary block dimensions.
The more you vary the dimensions, the wonkier the block gets.
What if the dimensions are only varied a little?
What if Square and Star is used as the center of a quilt design, with version 2 in the corners, and version 3 along the sides?
What if Square and Star is colored lighter, so that it stands out?

What if a fourth brown is added to the other blocks?
What if the outside edge is colored lighter?
What if the diamonds in the version 2 and 3 blocks are colored black?
What if, instead of black, the diamonds are colored white?
What if the diamonds in the Square and Star block are colored black?

What if a border is added?
What if the border is changed?

Since each of the blocks was 12 x 12, this design is a little larger than 36 x 36. But it could easily be expanded to make a larger quilt.

A quilt made with a wonky block doesn't have to look wonky. It can appear to be prim and proper and still have wonky elements in it's design.

Wonky can be subtle.


  1. Wayne,

    Wonky can be subtle ... and look gorgeous!

    Very clever design.

    Judy B

  2. Way, way cool. And sewing would be pretty interesting, I think.

  3. Angie

    Sewing would be interesting. It would require some care, but I don't think it would be difficult.

    Deciding the best and most efficient way to cut the pieces, that would be really interesting.