The Free Motion Quilting Project: More Modern Block Ideas

Sunday, June 24, 2012

More Modern Block Ideas

I got to thinking about the modern blocks we're piecing this week.  They're very simply a combination of a wonky square with two long strips to create an L shaped block.

So what if we start with another shape, like a hexagon?

free motion quilting | Leah Day
No, this isn't a perfect hexagon, but a wonky shape with 6 sides. Imagine making a Grandmother's flower garden quilt, but with wonky hexies instead!

And what if we started with a triangle?

free motion quilting | Leah Day
 Of course, these odd shapes like triangles and hexagons are going to be more difficult to put together in the finished quilt because there are more funky angles to consider.   By far the easiest way to work is square or rectangular because the shapes will come together in straight lines:

free motion quilting | Leah Day
What's really wonderful is just how big a quilt you can create out of a very small amount of fabric.  All of these blocks were pieced with a very small handful of scraps.  I'm planning to put them all together this afternoon to create a pretty baby quilt, but this quilt could easily be much bigger if I added more white background fabric.

This also works with much smaller pieces too.  By disengaging the need to create a perfect, matchy matchy block, I can definitely see myself busting through my scrap stash very quickly!

Let's go quilt (or piece a massive number of wonky blocks)!



  1. your hand dyed fabrics are so vibrant!! So beautiful! I'd be curious to know about your dying process ;)

  2. I think I'm beginning to love the wonky squares! If you'd like to see the funky flower lap quilt I'm working on, it's at

    I'd also love to do the off-center 2-color block you posted yesterday.

    Thank you so very much for being so kind as to share with us.

  3. Very nice Leah! With beautiful fabrics like those hand dyes of yours, I too, would want to use every little bit in a scrap quilt of sorts! looking forward to seeing your finished quilt with these wonky shapes

  4. Fun fun fun! I tried some wonky blocks last night. Haven't made any in a long time... it was great. Glad you wrote about it.

  5. Did you dye these fabrics? They are gorgeous! I love the ideas too.


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