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



  1. Reply


    March 23, 2012

    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?

  2. Reply


    March 23, 2012

    Love the liberated sampler blocks!

  3. Reply


    March 23, 2012

    i LOVE where you’re going with this!!

  4. Reply


    March 23, 2012

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

  5. Reply


    March 23, 2012

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

  6. Reply


    March 23, 2012

    love the colors!! it makes me feel happy!

  7. Reply


    March 23, 2012

    Cute cute CUTE!!!

  8. Reply

    Jane Woods

    March 23, 2012

    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

  9. Reply

    Marta S

    March 23, 2012

    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 🙂

  10. Reply


    March 23, 2012

    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. Reply

    Goddess in Progress

    March 23, 2012

    So fun! Can’t wait to see more…

  12. Reply

    Sharon T

    March 23, 2012

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

  13. Reply

    Dianne Shepherd

    March 24, 2012

    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!

  14. Reply


    March 24, 2012

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

  15. Reply

    Joan Crookston

    March 24, 2012

    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.

  16. Reply


    March 24, 2012

    Love these blocks 🙂 really fresh and modern 🙂

  17. Reply


    March 24, 2012 cute!!! Always love what you come up with!

  18. Reply


    March 24, 2012

    Wow Lovely !!!

  19. Reply


    March 24, 2012

    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.

  20. Reply


    March 25, 2012

    So bright and so much fun!

  21. Reply


    March 25, 2012

    This looks so fab!

  22. Reply

    cinzia allocca

    March 25, 2012

    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!

  23. Reply


    March 26, 2012

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

  24. Reply

    Rachel at Stitched in Color

    March 26, 2012

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

  25. Reply


    March 26, 2012

    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!

  26. Reply


    March 26, 2012

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

  27. Reply


    March 26, 2012

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

  28. Reply


    March 26, 2012

    What fun blocks! Love the vibrant blocks.


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.