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For the swap, I have to make 12 wonky house blocks. I keep one block for myself and mail the rest to Jane, who coordinates the swap. Jane only has room in the swap for 60 people, and it's filling up fast, so make sure you visit her blog and register soon. We'll be divided into groups of twelve, and all blocks have to be in Jane's hands by March 1. Then she mails eleven blocks back to us, so I'll have a total of twelve blocks to make a Wonky House quilt. This is going to be fun!
So what did I do today? I decided to practise making a wonky house before the exchange. After all, my blocks have to be good enough so that eleven other people will be happy when they arrive!
First, I did my research. I googled "wonky houses" and found a couple of great tutorials that had been posted in the past by fellow quilters.
Next I chose some Christmas fabrics of reds and greens. Ok, I realise these colors are very traditional, and a genuine wonky house probably wouldn't use traditional colors, but for a practise wonky house block, I figured it would be alright.
I used the tutorials to get on track, and quickly realized that every wonky house becomes quite unique! With a tilt to the windows and a slant to the door, I was on a roll to wonkiness. Then I got a little more creative and stamped the outer border. I see and hear that stamping on fabric is going to be big this year, so I just had to try it out.
And then I just had to embellish the block with a star, house number, and a few trees! I plan to sandwich the block, hand quilt it with red perle cotton thread, and use it as a mini-table topper or a giant mug rug!
Now the question for you... is my Christmas house block wonky enough? Is there a way to improve wonkiness? Is wonkiness even a word? (chuckle, chuckle)
Before I leave you, I want to share a few pictures of some beautiful quilts done by a very good friend of mine. Last weekend, a quilt sale and display was held at the local museum. My friend had several quilts there and was kind enough to allow me to take some pictures so that I could share them with you.
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It's a great day for quilting.
Cheers and Santa Hugs,