MCM #15 – It’s a Wonky World!

Wonky-BlockLook at how fun this block is! This was my first attempt to make a wonky string block and I really liked the whole process. Using different size strips and not having to match seams was so freeing!

A while ago I bought a Kaffe Fassett charm pack on sale. I didn’t have any idea what I would do with it, but I felt I needed it because I have seen so much hubaloo about his fabrics. Yes, I’m a follower…

So when I decided to make a mini quilt and went looking through my fabrics I came across this charm pack. I’ll admit, I wasn’t 100% excited about these fabrics. After working with them though, I’ve decided they definitely can have a place in my quilting world.

Now, for the wonky blocks.  I really liked making these and I love the way they turned out. I can definitely see me making more wonky blocks, only bigger – these finished at 5″ – for a cute quilt. And what a great way to use up some scraps!

What I was NOT excited about was the border on this quilt. Take a look:


This ruby border was straight when I put the sandwich together to start quilting. I basted it with basted spray. See how crooked it is after the quilting? Does anyone know why this turned out this way?

My thinking is that I didn’t use enough spray and things shifted. Another possibility is the way I quilted it. I quilted all the lines in the same direction and did not sew opposite directions on every other line, which may have helped keep everything straight.

The wonkiness is only in this one spot, so maybe it wasn’t basted well. I don’t know. It’s a small quilt, only 10″x 24-1/2″ so it is really noticeable. Overall, the quilt looks good and I am okay with the weirdness of the blocks but I don’t know how happy I am with this border.

Has this ever happened to you?

Other than the wonky border, I really like this mini. I especially like those blocks and can’t wait to make more.


This is what I’m crushing on this week.  How about you? I would love to see what you are working on and what has you excited. You can link up any blog post or Instagram pic to Main Crush Monday below – here’s how:

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About Beth

I’m a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get “licking the spoon” mixed up with “licking the fabric”!!

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8 Responses to MCM #15 – It’s a Wonky World!

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  2. Kate Yates says:

    I have had the same problem before too! I saw Yvonne suggested lowering the pressure on the walking foot, which helps. I’m interested in seeing what you try! I love your wonky string blocks.

  3. Did you use a walking foot for quilting your straight lines? That could help. I think that alternating directions with every line of stitching would have made the problem worse, not better. Most likely that wobble was a section that the spray basting adhesive missed or that could have used a few more pins. I wonder whether it would have helped to stitch in the ditch of the border prior to quilting the straight lines across the entire piece? I don’t think it detracts too much from the finished piece — it’s good that you had this happen on a “wonky block” quilt because you can claim that the border is also a little wonky on purpose! I love the saturated sunshine colors of your fabrics.

  4. Myra says:

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  5. soma1773 says:

    It looks very pretty in those warm colours and the thread colour couldn’t be more perfect. This little quilt would brighten up any room 🙂


  6. Susan says:

    Just last week, I read something about this very thing, but I can’t remember whose blog that was. =( I do remember she said that switching sides didn’t work for her, she starts on the same side every time. She also mentioned that you have to stop and reposition from time to time because it WILL shift. So you may have figured it out already. However, it’s still a great looking quiltlet, so don’t fret. =)

  7. maartjequilt says:

    Never used a walking foot, so I cannot help. I love this wonky runner. Love to make wonky blocks like this myself. Your colors are so well chosen and I love the straight quilting with wonky blocks.
    Love from Amsterdam.

  8. That has happened to me for sure, Beth. When I am straight line quilting with my walking foot, I reduce my presser foot pressure to almost 0 and that helps my out tremendously with issues like that.

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