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Liberated Sampler

Liberated String Block

Since I am still Bernina-less, I have decided to work this weekend on liberated (or wonky) quilt blocks. I’m having trouble getting an accurate 1/4″ seam on my backup machine and I figure the seam size doesn’t have to be perfectly exact with this type of block. The above square is an improvisational string block and will be squared up with white sashing.

I’m speaking next month to the String-A-Long Traditional Quilt Guild in northwest Indiana on modern quilting. I thought it would be fun to bring a mini sampler full of liberated quilt blocks. Below is a mock up of my plans, and hopefully I will have a finished quilt to share next week!

Liberated Mini Sampler

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28 Responses to “Liberated Sampler”

  1. 1
    Chesney says:

    Love*Love*Love this!!
    I look forward to your posts :)
    Will you be sharing your pattern or creating a quilt-along for these fantastic blocks?

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    Jackie says:

    Love the liberated sampler blocks!

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    Des says:

    i LOVE where you’re going with this!!

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    Candice says:

    Oh my goodness!!! I SOOOOOOO love your sampler!! I have to create something similar somehow :)

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    svetlana says:

    Wow! these blocks look fantastic. Can’t wait to see more.

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    katie says:

    love the colors!! it makes me feel happy!

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    Jane Woods says:

    Love love love this sampler-will motivate me to create something similar!
    I too will be “Berninaless” next week-not looking forward too it
    Thanks for sharing your amazing work

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    Marta S says:

    Are these block mock-ups also all made using Photoshop? If so, I can’t wait to try my hand at more complex mock-ups with the knowledge that someone else has tried and succeeded :)

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    Emily says:

    Looks like a fun sampler. What program do you use to draw up your plans? I love look of them and always struggle to get a visual plan when the squares involve diagonals since I usually plan in excel.

  11. 11

    So fun! Can’t wait to see more…

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    Sharon T says:

    Man, you are so darn talented! I can’t wait to see more!

  13. 13

    Wow – sometimes I think it is more challenging to do wonky things then symmetrical or uniform things. For example mad hatter cakes – trying to perfect the slope on each tier is rather difficult and it is also troublesome to repare things that go wrong!

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    Jolie says:

    I love the block – and the quilt mock up looks like a whole lot of fun!

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    Joan Crookston says:

    String-A-Long is excited to have you visit us next month! Can’t wait to see the quilts in person and learn more about the modern quilt movement.

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    Emma says:

    Love these blocks :-) really fresh and modern :-)

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    Jean says:

    Sew..sew cute!!! Always love what you come up with!

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    michelle says:

    Wow Lovely !!!

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    vanessa says:

    hey, don’t forget you are going to send me the name and color # of your perfect blue paint. ;)
    oh and btw i’m hooked on that paper stuff.

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    Marieke says:

    So bright and so much fun!

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    Lindsay says:

    This looks so fab!

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    i love your liberated blocks! And the colors, WOW!
    Let me know how your talk goes. I recently co-founded a branch of the MQG in Montreal and I plan on giving a talk about modern quilting to a group of hard core traditionalists in the near future! I’m curious to hear about how traditional quilters react to modern quilts and quilting. Good Luck!

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    Mitzi says:

    Fantastic! What a happy block – can’t wait to see the finished top!

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    Thank-you! I’ve wanted to see more wonky block types, so this is a great little collection. Will enjoy seeing it develop.

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    shannyn says:

    LOL I know what you mean about the seams. My poor old machine couldn’t sew a straight line if it tried. My new machine is simply WONDERFUL…I can’t beleive I sewed so long with the old one. Your blocks look amazing!

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    Hallie says:

    Wonderful inspiration! Any way we can talk you into a pattern for this sampler? Too much fun not to try…

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    KerryQ says:

    Your mock-up looks like art to me! You should consider making prints! Or fabric-even better!

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    JoanieinNC says:

    What fun blocks! Love the vibrant blocks.

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