Saturday, April 2, 2016

Wonky Block ~ Tutorial {GIVEAWAY}

It's here!  The revised Wonky Block made with Charm Squares!  The idea is give you another option for Charm Squares.  I know I have a stack sitting around!  If you don't, you can always cut blocks for this tutorial.



Making the blocks wonky or tilted isn't hard at all.   I'm going to share my process with you. Show you how I get the 'Wonk' I want with as little fuss as possible.

These are the three basic blocks.  When you make the blocks, you will want to have a variety. The tilting blocks can have a lot of tilt or a little.  Mix it up!

Tilting to the right.                       Straight.                                          Tilting to the left.
  

For each block, you will need the following:
1 - 5" x 5" Square
2 - 5" x 2 3/4" Strip
2 - 9 1/2" x 2 3/4" Strip



Sew a 5" x 2 3/4" strip to the top and bottom of your charm square using 1/4" seams.  I press my seams towards the center, but use what ever method you prefer.



Sew the 9 1/2" x 2 3/4" strips on either side.  Press seams towards the outside.  



Once you have all your blocks assembled (strip piecing is wonderful for this), you will need to 'Wonk' and trim each block.

I take a little extra time when it's time to trim my blocks.  Why?  Because I want it to be easy, fast and efficient!  I really don't want to have to think too hard!

Grab your cutting mat and some masking tape!  I used my small rotating mat, but any mat will work just fine.

Each block is going to be trimmed to 7 1/2" unfinished, that will give us a 7" finished block. I place a piece of tape just to the outside of the 7 1/2" line and continue it on all four sides. Just inside the masking tape is my perfect square ready for cutting.  




But...to make it even easier, I slice out notches where my rotary blade will travel so I don't have to continually slice through the tape.  It gets stuck in the blade grooves and is frankly...a pain in the butt!


Now I'm ready to assembly line cut my wonky blocks.

Take a finished block and place it on your cutting mat, tilting it to the right or left to get the wonky effect.  



You can see from the photo above, that the block appears to be covering the entire block area, but you can flip the corners to make sure.  



Once you are sure, take your ruler and rotary cutter, line up just inside the tape (use your lines) and trim the block on all sides to make a perfect wonky square.


Remember to change the angle of the blocks to tilt left, right and center.  Tilt them a little, tilt them a lot, variety is the best effect.



The red line is where you are going to cut.






This is the layout I used in my 'Off Kilter' Quilt.  





This design has so many possibilities!  Rainbow, scrappy, modern fabrics ~ the choice is yours!  If you do make a quilt using this Wonky Block, I would love to see it! 


{GIVEAWAY}

Two (2) Charm Packs (30 ~ 5"x 5" Squares)
Assorted Feed Sack Reproduction Fabric
Two Winners!


Tell me what you might make with one of these bundles or any Charm Pack!  You don't have to follow me, but it would be nice!  


  • This giveaway will end on April 9th at 6 PM Mountain time. 
  • Open to US Only
  • If you're a 'no reply' or an anonymous commenter, include your email address in your comment 
  • TWO winners will be randomly picked using Random Generator
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!

LINKING:

118 comments :

  1. I like your blocks a lot. So much fun. I would probably use them in a 100 block quilt. I just finished Emily's Garden and I was thinking about Picking Daisies or 100 squares.

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  2. Your wonky quilt looks fabulous!

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  3. I love the Wonky Quilt and I would definitely make one with these charm packs. But I'm making the Wonky Quilt, no matter what with some charm packs I already have. It's so great!! Thanks for the tutorial! Awesome.

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  4. Thanks for that tutorial - so easy when you know how and a great tip about the masking tape on the cutting board. One of the first quilts I made was wonky blocks and because I didn't know any different I made templates of all the pieces - it took quite a long time!
    I think I would make a quilt just like yours using your tutorial to prove to myself that there was an easier way. I do love your blog, it's so inspiring. Thanks for all your input - and sorry I haven't commented before.

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  5. Thank you for the tutorial! I would love to give your wonky blocks quilt a try! Thanks!!

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  6. This looks like fun! With 9 granddaughters these bright colors would make at least one or two of them very happy! There would either be a quilt or a fun tote made out of these charms.

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  7. I think I would make a patchwork pillow and a table runner.

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  8. I'm going to do this! Thank you for the tutorial. I just abandoned an ugly project (live and learn) and am ready to start something fun and easy.
    Sfranze@gmail.com

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  9. Thanks so much for your tutorial! I have several co-workers expecting some grandchildren and my stack of charm packs will work nicely! Ooh, if I were to win one of your feedsack packs I'd make a spring/summer runner for my L-O-N-G sofa table!

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  10. I would love to make your wonky quilt. A couple of pillows and a table runner would be nice also. Such beautiful fabric.

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  11. I am working on donation quilts for Project Linus and Quilts For Kids and these blocks would be right at home in any of these quilts. I usually cut from fabrics and remnants I get from my LQS to make charm squares.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  12. Pick me, Pick me! I really do love feed sack fabric :-) I would definitely use your tutorial to make a quilt-and most likely it would get donated in the end!
    What a brilliant thing to tape off and leave open the space to cut it so your cutter doesn't get gummed or dull from the tape!

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  13. Love this idea-great method of trimming to make things easy!

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  14. I would make a Granny Square quilt. Thanks for the tip on trimming blocks!
    patsystitch@gvtc.com

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  15. Oh man, your taping idea is GENIUS! As is making them bigger and trimming down. I do that all the time with HSTs and drunkard's path blocks, never thought about doing it for wonky. :) Love it!
    BTW, I have plenty of charms, so feel free to pass it along to someone else should my number come up. :)

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  16. This is a great tutorial Jayne. Thanks for sharing your experience with us....with the notches in the tape and all. I have lots of charm packs that I don't know what to do with so here's a good idea.

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  17. I have never seen the tape on the cutting mat tip, that is brilliant! I would definitely make one of these for someone special!

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  18. The masking tape tip is so great! I love charm packs, and definitely plan on making one or more of these as baby quilts! And I am certain I would make this if I won one of your charm packs...you know me, not ashamed to be a copycat!! It is just so darn cute!!!

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  19. I fell in love with your Wonky Quilt when I first saw it, so I would love to make one of my own! Thanks for the great tutorial and the giveaway!

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  20. Pretty quilt. I would make a pinwheel quilt. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  21. Your usage of tape to make it easier and quicker to trim the blocks is a great idea! I'm sure that definitely sped up the process. I really need to get my act together to make a charity quilt for my local MQG so I think these would help with that and I think this is a great pattern for the project.

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  22. Very interesting and easy to follow tutorial. I am not fond of wonky blocks, but you do make it easy.

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  23. I love this wonky pattern! It's such a good way to showcase the prints in any charm pack!

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  24. Loving this block I would love to try it great giveaway

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  25. I would love to make a quilt for my sister-in-law with the feedsack charms. Thanks so much for your tutorial! I have some charms from a swap that I've been trying to decide what to do with and I think this would be perfect!

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  26. What a great idea! Those charm packs are lovely. So bright and happy. I haven't made anything with 30s repros in a while. I think I would make them into a hexie quilt, or maybe a 4 patch...or...Dresden plate? so many choices!

    sew4given AT aol DOT com

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  27. Hi,Happy to follow you on Blog lovin'!Such a sweet giveaway! I'd make a charity baby quilt similar to yours shown today!Thank You! msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  28. I love this quilt, and would make it with these fabrics. I will make it for sure.
    Thanks for the tutorial. beimborn@charter.net

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  29. I would love to make this wonky block quilt with the charm packs. It looks like a lot of fun to do. Thank you for sharing it.

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  30. I would love to make this wonky block quilt with the charm packs. It looks like a lot of fun to do. Thank you for sharing it.

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  31. Thanks for the tutorial! That looks like a pretty perfect use for these charms.

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  32. I would give your wonky block quilt a go with a charm pack. I love it! kmcassie@gmail.com

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  33. Such a cute happy quilt, needs to go on my bucket list.

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  34. You make it look so easy! I can definitely see myself making several. I want to make a wall hanging for my new grandbaby that's coming, and then several charity quilts. Thank you for the tutorial and chance to win a charm pack.

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  35. I'm commenting not to enter the giveaway (you should see The Stash) but to say thanks so much for the tutorial. I've made wonky blocks only a few times because I was doing it the hard way. Of course! I'm definitely going to give your tutorial a try. Good luck to everyone (else) with the giveaway. Those feedsack packs are adorable and will make a fun wonky patch quilt!
    Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts

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  36. Love the wonky quilt (feedsacks are my all time favorite) and the tutorial is super easy to follow! So many quilts on my want to do list but I think this one rises to the top of the list. Would make this quilt with the charm pack should I be lucky enough to win one. Thanks for the giveaway chance. rnwillis@velotech.net Nadine W.

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  37. That is great! Thank you. I would take the blocks I won and add from my stash to make a charity quilt. My guild does lots of philanthropy so this would go to them to be donated to one of the children's or teenager groups. I think I'll use this technique to make a quilt for a great niece who's graduating in June.

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  38. Your wonky quilt blocks are terrific - they would be a great way to use the pretty charms. I like the way you figured how to cut the block and think I will be setting up a cutting board to do the same! Best!

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  39. I love it and how you cut them is a cool idea ty for sharing,,,, happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  40. I love your Wonky Block tutorial. I especially like how you've put thought into how not to cut through the tape. Great job. I'd like the feed sacks to make a wonky quilt!!

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  41. I love your wonky and colourful quilt!! Thanks for sharing how you cut the blocks, it is a perfect idea!! The charms would be perfect to make a similar quilt, thanks for the chance!!

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  42. Thanks for this great tutorial. The wonky squares would make a great scrap quilt. Thanks for the chance to win the repro feed sack charms mfhagopian@aol.com

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  43. What a wonderful tutorial. I love the quilt and the masking tape idea is perfect. I am going to start one tomorrow since I don't have any other projects this second and was looking for one. I have the perfect charm pack that was just waiting for the right pattern. If I won the charm pack it would go straight to the Farmer's Wife I'm working on as it would blend in with my other fabric perfectly. Rina

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  44. I love this method of yours for making the wonky blocks! If I won these squares I would try this and make a lap quilt!

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  45. Really clear tutorial! Thanks for all the tips! Would love to try it out! Churcaeatauburndotedu

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  46. I love this quilt! I would use the charms to recreate it since I am currently making a wonky star quilt wonky squares would seem the next logical step!

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  47. I would use them in a baby quilt. I have some embroidered blocks of nursery-style animals and these vintage prints would go nicely with them. Thanks for such a lovely giveaway.

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  48. Those are pretty bundles. That wonky squares quilt would be a great way to use them!

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  49. I love this pattern...and would make a baby quilt first I think. I would look through my stash and find the palest pastel I have to use with the gorgeous 30's fabrics. I have a 15 month old granddaughter who would love it! For me, I'm thinking a nice lap size throw in some older thimbleberries flannels. Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial.

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  50. OOOOO, I love this tutorial and the charm packs are fab! I'll make a quilt with a darker background (I think).

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  51. this block is too fun. i would love to give it a whirl. I follow you on bloglovin.
    quilting lady 2 at comcast dot net

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  52. I believe I would try your wonky charm quilt! Love it!

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  53. Thanks for the tutorial, I probably wouldn't have thought to have a space in the masking tape for cutting. I think the charms would make nice pot holders.

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  54. Such a cute quilt. I've been making charm square quilts for our local Ronald McDonald House, and I think if I win I'll give your wonky block quilt a try. They are always so happy to have a new quilt to give to the families as they enter the RMH when a child comes to a Portland-area hospital for treatment. It is a great feeling to be part of that.

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  55. I would make another scrap vortex quilt. Love your quilt and tutorial! Rthanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway. (shirparks@gmail.com)

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  56. thank you for the great info on how you cut your squares. If I received the squares I would love to try your quilt. thank you for the chance. Looks like fun....
    sewfabrics at outlook.com

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  57. Thank you for the tip of putting tape on one's cutting board. I have never thought of that. I enjoy following you on Bloglovin'. I have a charm stack of Cotton and Steel honeymoon. This would make a fun quilt to show off those prints. Thanks!

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  58. Those charms would make a sweet baby quilt! I love making baby quilts, to me they are full of joy.

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  59. Wonky is so cute! Love the prints too. jarvenpa1ne(at)gmail(dot)com

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  60. Love how you made the wonky blocks. I made an I Spy quilt with the left and right wonky blocks, but your technique looks a lot easier than the way my pattern had me do it. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the giveaway! I would make a really cheerful quilt! I have so many patterns that I want to make that I can't decide which one it would be! :)

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  61. I love working with precuts because rotary cutting is still difficult while recovering from wrist surgery. Also, scrap quilts are my favorite. These fabrics would look great in a modern version of a traditional quilt design. I'd probably use them to make a modern biscuit quilt for one of my young nieces.

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  62. I like your taping tip too! I might make some vintage-type blocks.

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  63. When I saw your pretty charms I thought about stitching them together to "make fabric" with some additional squares and use the made fabric for a dress for my little granddaughter. Those colors are perfect, so girly! I love your Wonky tutorial, thank you so much. I'm going to use rainbow colors charms.

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  64. The wonk is perfect for my supply of kiddy novelty prints. Thanks for the tutorial. It's going in my hip pocket for the next family baby announcement. As for the charms, I'm in a challenge with a friend. We're piecing the Farmer's Wife 1930s blocks. Your charms would add a sparkle to my existing stash of 30s candy.

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  65. Love your wonky quilt!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  66. The tape on the mat is a great idea. would use the charms to finish my 1930s quilt. Thanks

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  67. I'd love to update my Pillows w/charm squares. Off Kilter pillows would look so cool propped up against lawn chairs, loungers, across a queen size bed. Thank you Jayne for your Wonkiness, the tutorial is so perfect.

    bluestarof2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  68. I might make your wonky block and make a baby quilt.

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  69. Thank you for sharing your tutorial! I'm going to try this, I just love it! If I won I'd use them to make this quilt. Thank you for the chance to win more fabric. LOL. Hugs,

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  70. If I am one of the lucky winners I would definetly make this Wonky Block Quilt! christeljanz1@gmail.com

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  71. Great! I love Aunt Gracie's fabric! and your tutorial was so easy to figure out. thanks for that! mnumme@gmail.com

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  72. Whoa! working email address! should have been mnumme@ sluggy.net - hope this does not mess things up!

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  73. Square in square for a toddler.

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  74. This is really a great tutorial and easy to understand.
    I would make a quilt for my friend expecting a baby.
    Thanks!

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  75. I need to make several baby quilts and this quilt and the charm pack would be perfect. Thanks for the great tutorial and giveaway!

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  76. Very clever Jayne! Thank you for sharing your method, so visual with the tape boundaries. Oh, the charm squares would be perfect for baby quilt! Thanks!

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  77. Thanks for a lovely bundle, I would make a quilted bag to take to the beach when I am on holiday x
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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  78. Hi there! I've come by from Sew Sunday from the Crafty Quilter. Nice to meet you! I LOVE the ease of the wonky block - always wondered how to do it! If I won I think I would use the blocks for a baby quilt for my niece - she's due in July with her first baby. Wouldn't the blocks look great with a blue background?! I'm a new follower - looking forward to seeing your projects. Happy Sunday :)

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  79. I like this idea for using charm squares. I have a lot.
    gnetteler@gmail.com

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  80. WHAT a great idea!! what i would/could make is endless and i can't wait to get started. THNX for that!! and i'll be adding my email as a follower so i can keep getting some new inspiratons :-)

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  81. I think a couple of wonky quilts for babies would be a great fun project!

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  82. I have some charm packs that I want to use for a lap quilt. I love this wonky block and am going to use your pattern. Thanks.
    Patty
    paweis at yahoo dot com

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  83. Oh, this looks sooo easy! I have 5 great grandkids that I need to make quilts for, and this would be great AND easy. Thanks for the tutorial! Keeping my fingers crossed that I win! Thanks for the chance. Oh, and I am so impressed, that I'm now following you by email. 8-)

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  84. The charms are quite lovely! I would want to try your wonky block quilt with them. I'll give the wonky blocks a go with stash charms either way. Great method! Thank you!
    lorikelly01@comcast.net

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  85. Your wonky blocks are delightful! I love the fabrics in these charm packs. I would incorporate them into a scrap quilt with a white background to showcase the delightful prints. I don't have a specific pattern in mind yet, but maybe it will be wonky blocks! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  86. I'd make a wonky block quilt. Thanks for the tutorial. Definitely going to give this a try. A fun and quick project.

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  87. So cute! These fabrics would make a lovely table runner for spring/summer!

    debbygrawn at yahoo dot com

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  88. Love the quilt would probably used the blocks to make one of my own.

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  89. A great tutorial on making wonky blocks! I love 30's repro fabric so will use the charm squares to make your wonky block quilt.

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  90. I am going to make your wonky block quilt. Your creativity never ceases to amaze me, Jayne!

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  91. Love this pattern and I would use the charm packs to do it! Thanks for sharing your technique and the chance to win! maryc76904 at yahoo dot com.

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  92. I would make a quilt; our Guild's theme for next year's show is one-block quilts, so these Charms would make an excellent inspiration!

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  93. I would make your quilt . I think it would make a nice baby quilt. Thank you for the tutorial. I just had a new granddaughter March 28th. I would love to win this. It would be a fun easy quilt to make. I absolutely love feed sack prints.
    Dmac5958ataoldotcom

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  94. I would make your wonky quilt of course! Thanks for the idea and the very good tutorial. batester@verizon.net

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  95. I'd love to try your wonky block! Great tip about the tape, and excellent tip about leaving a space for the rotary cutter. Gotta keep that blade sharp!

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  96. I recently got a charm pack in a fabric line outside my normal (comfort-zone?)...this pattern will be perfect for it! As for your giveaway...it would add the perfect variation to the full-size 30's reproduction quilt I'm wanting to get started on. Maybe this will get me out of the planning stage!

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  97. Jayne - that tape trick is fabulous!! I have a stack of charm packs; I'm going to dig through them to see which would be perfect for this quilt. This is a great tutorial - thanks so much!!

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  98. Cute idea to use charm squares! I agree with other posters ...the tape idea is very helpful.

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  99. I've been meaning to try the cathedral window method and this set would be perfect for it!

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  100. Love your Wonky Blocks! I would use my charms to make a couple of new pillows for Daughter's home... OR...maybe a cooool Tote for Me! giggle Thank you for chance to win your give-a-way!!! :)

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  101. I like the wonky quilt esp the way to trim the blocks consistently
    If I won I would give the charm packs to my friend who is a beginning quilter
    I just found you and will start to follow via bloglovin

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  102. Sweet quilt and I love your tutorials. I must sign up to follow your quilting venture. I would make baby quilts. I have two nieces having baby boys in July.

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  103. I would love to make a wonky quilt just like yours. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  104. I would make a cushy floor pillow for my granddaughter. She's 15 months and loves to surround herself with fluffy pillows and lay on them. Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

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  105. Oh wow, gorgeous! I'd like to try making some fabric origami flowers out of those. Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist (at) aol.com

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  106. Great fabric, I would make a quilt, I like your wonky quilt. Theboysmom@nc.rr.com

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  107. I have a friend making a rainbow hexie quilt and she would love these charms.

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  108. Beautiful fabric to make a small wall hanging quilt.

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  109. You are so creative! I love following your blog. I would definitely make your wonky block quilt.

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  110. What a difference changing the background on a few blocks makes!

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  111. Love your work - inspiring. Thanks. Think I'll try it on some small qquares I have.

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  112. What a great tutorial and it seems super easy. Thanks for sharing it with us. I know I have a ton of charm packs laying around. And let me clarify that was not a complaint...I love charm packs :)

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  113. I want to make a cushion for the new storage bench in my new sewing room! These charms would be PERFECT and the wonky block would look fabulous on the bench! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  114. Love your wonky block tutorial and the quilt. I think I'd try making a wonky quilt for myself if I'm lucky enough to win.

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  115. I love how you used the tape to mark off the square and how you left space between the tape so you don't have to cut through it. Great idea! I'd probably use those charms in a postage stamp quilt. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  116. Wow, very pretty and fresh, and I'm a huge fan of 'wonky'!!

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