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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    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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    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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    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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    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.

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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