The Sampler Has Been Liberated

Liberated Sampler

My Liberated Sampler is complete! As I mentioned in my original post, I decided to make a small sampler of “liberated” or “wonky” quilt blocks as an example of a specific type of modern quilting for a presentation I’m giving next week. I think the final quilt came pretty darn close to the Photoshop mockup I created. This wonky churn dash is one of my favorites.

Wonky Churn Dash

I have received a lot of comments and emails about this quilt in the last week, most asking for a pattern. Well…I don’t have a pattern – at least not at the moment. It is something I am considering, but I just made these blocks up as I went. But I don’t want to leave you all with nothing, so I did some Googling (is that a word?) and have some tutorial links for you.

· Wonky Star Tutorial by Silly BooDilly
· Wonky String Block by Malka Dubrawsky
· Nine Patch using “Map of the States” technique by Oh, Fransson
· Churn Dash by Sew JOY Creations
· Cross Blocks by Lollyquiltz
· Square in Square by Quilt Dad

Wonky Crosses

I decided to quilt my sampler using randomly angled horizontal lines. I think it put a nice finishing touch on the quilt. The binding is scrappy.

Wonky Star

If you make your own liberated sampler, I’d love to see it in the Fresh Lemons Quilts group on Flickr.



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    April 2, 2012

    So pretty!, I love the shapes, the use of solids, and the quilting is fantastic!. Another masterpiece Faith!

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    April 2, 2012

    I love your liberated sampler! The colors really compliment the wonky blocks. You may have started a new style of quilting 🙂

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    Goddess in Progress

    April 2, 2012

    ACK! Faith, this is just gorgeous. I love the bright colors, I love the major wonkiness, I love the whole thing!

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    April 2, 2012

    It’s beautiful! So bright and happy and I love the lined quilting.

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    April 2, 2012

    It’s darling! I like it so much!!

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    April 2, 2012

    Wonky = Jan Mullen of Star-Gazey Designs. Have had her book for years and just love it! My style exactly. BUT, your take with solids, bright solids, is awesome!

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    April 2, 2012

    This is a great little quilt, Faith. Such fun and happy colors!

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    April 2, 2012

    What a lovely little sampler! It really does a great job of summing up this aspect of contemporary quilting!

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    lorelei craig

    April 2, 2012

    Wow, just gorgeous.

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    April 2, 2012

    Thinking outside the box – excellent!

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    Lee @ Freshly Pieced

    April 2, 2012

    Faith! I love this SO MUCH! Great colors, and great job on the wonkiness.

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    Rachel at Stitched in Color

    April 2, 2012

    Mmm.. they’re all great, but you’re right about the churn dash. Awesome! Perfect way to quilt it!

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    April 2, 2012

    love it! Bright and happy colors! Way to go, girl!

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    Lynn Douglass

    April 2, 2012

    I love it, Faith! It is the kind of quilt that makes people smile. That’s a very good thing! Thanks for sharing the links, too!

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    Nicole @ Patchwork Duck Designs

    April 2, 2012

    Love this quilt! I’ve been considering doing something similar for a while, and I love the results.

    Can I ask: what colors did you use for your quilts? Was it a bundle of solids, or did you pick and choose? I’d love to find out the names of your fabric choices…they’re so fun!

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      April 2, 2012

      Hi Nicole! Many of the colors are Art Gallery Pure Elements solids. If you get a bundle of them, you won’t be disappointed. Great fabric and beautiful saturated colors.

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    April 2, 2012

    I like that the binding is also “wonky”. Great little quilt.

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    April 2, 2012

    Gorgeous finish!! Can’t go wrong with the Pure Elements, and they pop so beautifully against the white!

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    Sarah @ FairyFace Designs

    April 2, 2012

    I just love this quilt, the blocks are great and I love how you quilted it. The binding is inspired!

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    April 2, 2012

    Thanks so much for this great group of links! Your use of solids is fabulous! Deb.

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    April 2, 2012

    Loving your liberated sampler, so bright and cheery

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    April 2, 2012

    wahoo! it’s so beautiful faith.

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    April 2, 2012

    LOVE this Faith!!

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    April 2, 2012

    Oh, I LOVE!!!!! this quilt. It’s so pretty, and fresh, and modern, and liberated. That churn dash is my favorite block, too.

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    Judith Hollies

    April 2, 2012

    So modern and fresh! And the solids set the blocks off brilliantly! Lovely! Jxo

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    April 2, 2012

    Refreshing, keep up the good original work.

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    April 2, 2012

    This quilt is AWE-SOME!!!

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    diane stanley

    April 2, 2012

    love the colors, the quilting and the free spirit of this quilt

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    April 3, 2012

    This is awesome, the bright solids are not usually my cup of tea, but this really calls to me… Do you think it wants to come and live at my house?!

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    April 3, 2012

    This is awesome, the bright solids are not usually my cup of tea, but this really calls to me… Do you think it wants to come and live at my house?!

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    Claire Jain

    April 4, 2012

    I love this! I’m having so much fun with the Summer Sampler Series blocks, and I can’t wait to do the solstice ones. This modern take on traditional blocks is way fun!

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    April 11, 2012

    I really love this quilt. Thanks for sharing.


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    Julie B.

    May 8, 2012

    Please, please, please make a pattern for this! I love it! I am just a beginner but I think I could do this with a pattern. What size is the finished quilt?