03 September 2011

Wonky Block Quilt Part 1

My Daughter zoe has been pestering me for a Sponge bob Square pants Quilt.
I looked EVERYWHERE for sponge bob material and all i could find were 2 fat quarters on ebay.
Now that was not going to make a quilt was it!
So i decided to make a wonky block quilt.this type of block is great if you have little bits of fabric that you want to highlight...like sponge bob!
All i need is a sewing machine quilters ruler my trusty Fiskars rotary cutter and my Fiskars large mat.Oh and more fabric of course!
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The first thing i did for my wonky block was to cut out sponge bob from the 2 fat quarters.
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I Then started to cut my fabric into strips about the same width as the sponge bob squares i cut out.
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I then pinned the first bit of material to my square. make sure that the patterned material you use is cut a little longer than the square you are sewing it to.
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Then sew the 2 bits together and then iron the seam flat on one side.
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Once this is done trim the right side to be straight and then cut another piece of material strip as long as the right side(actually a little longer about 2 Cm's)
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sew the 2 pieces together.
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Trim the bottom and then cut a different fabric to sew onto the bottom of the block you are creating.
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Trim the right side and again cut a bit of fabric to sew onto the right side.
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Now comes the first half of the Wonky bit for the wonky block.
Put your ruler on an angle on the top of the square you have made.
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Trim along the ruler.
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I then line up the cut line with a straight line on my Fiskars cutting mat and then trim straight the other 3 sides. i try to aim for my square to be about 7-8 inches by the time i have trimmed the first layer of the block so after you have added the second layer and trimmed you have a 12 inch block.
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 once all trimmed you should have a square like this.....
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for the second layer of the wonky block you do the same as the first layer. starting at the top and working around from the right.
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once all sewn together. place your ruler on and angle the opposite way you places it on the first layer. Cut, then line up again with a line on your mat and trim around the square till you get a 12 inch square or what ever size you want.
the finished block will look like this.....
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Make as many square you need to make your quilt. i am making 16 as i want to make the quilt quite large as i will turn the quilt into a duvet cover.
In part 2 i will show you how to construct the quilt.
Happy sewing....
Tara :)

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