Thursday, January 19, 2012

Wonky Houses, Stars,and Gifts

I've been a busy little bee lately, so I'm glad you dropped by to see what's new!  I finished all my twelve blocks for the Wonky House Block Swap. I had set a self-imposed deadline for February 1st to have them in the mail, so I have met my deadline with time to spare. Whew and a sigh of relief! Here's one of the blocks...


And another...

Now that I have your interest, here is a picture of all twelve wonky house blocks. I will admit, I'm not too wonky. Making wonky house blocks was a huge challenge for me. I'm a little too organized and structured, so I chose to make crooked houses with beautiful fabrics and had a huge amount of support from all the other wonky participants.  We have a Flickr page set up for the Wonky House Block Swap and have had a chance to participate in some lively discussions, encourage one another to get down and wonky, and post pictures as we finish our blocks. 

I will keep one block and mail the other eleven away to Jane who is coordinating the  Wonky House Block Swap.  In addition to the blocks, each of us is to attach a signature (siggy) block.  I had a lot of fun with these! Several of the other quilters had mentioned making house blocks for the signature, so I used scraps from my wonky houses and came up with these:

Here's a close-up of one block. I framed each siggy block with one of the green fabrics I used for the grass.  Each wonky house block will have a coordinated siggy house block attached to it. 

I'll iron freezer paper on the back of the white fabric to make the fabric easier to write on, mark lines with one of the new frixion pens, use a micron permanent pen to write my name, province, and my blog URL, press it to remove the lines and set the signature,  and presto, the siggy blocks will be ready to send along with the wonky house blocks.  If you'd like the instructions/dimensions for the signature block, just let me know in the comments and I'll get back to you.  Finished size is 4.5 inches x 6.5 inches.

Another fun event for me happened on Tuesday when Block Nine of the Fat Quarter Stars Quilt Along was posted on Moose on the Porch Quilts.  The new block, designed by Jovita Goldschmidt, is called Make Mine a Double.  Here's my rendition- I just love it!  I think using this block for an entire quilt would be stunning, and you could even play around with the centre blocks to add some interest.

I decided to lay out the nine blocks I have completed so far. Each block is 12.5 inches square.   I have used a variety of cream fabrics for the backgrounds and shades of red, blue, yellow, and green to make the blocks.  Hope they work...I have no idea yet of how I will sash it all together.

And yet another series of happy events occurred when I went to the post office.  I received a couple of giveaway prizes that I had won in November and December.

One prize was a package that contained volumes 2, 3 & 4 of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks. The sponsor was Lynne Hagmeier at Kansas Troubles Quilters.  I was particularly pleased to be the winner of this set from Lynne since I have been an admirer and loyal user of many of her fabrics and patterns over the years.  In fact, you'll see the magazines below sitting on a small basket quilt, one of Lynne's patterns that I made a few years back.   

My second wonderful giveaway that arrived recently was a 40-piece pack of 2 1/2 in. strips of batiks.  I won this through a giveaway sponsored by The Material Girls.

The Island Batik fabrics are really wonderful, from a dark rich blue to lighter shades of lilac.  I know there is a pattern calling my new batik's name! 

So, time to sign a few siggy blocks and then it's a great day for sewing!


  1. Lots of great blocks ,the wonky houses are really fun and your colors are perfect and what a clever idea for the siggy blocks . I love the new block for the quilt a long ,interesting block and you are going to have a stunning quilt . Congrats on the winnings ,what fun!

  2. Wow!! You ha e been busy!!! I love your wonky houses..and the name labels are to sweet. You know I enter in to alot of the give aways on the blogs...and never win:(:( Lucky girl!! Many hugs

  3. Whew! I'm tired just reading about all your recent accomplishments, Lesley.

    Love your bright and colorful wonky houses. They would make a beautiful quilt as they are. Ditto for the siggy blocks! And the star blocks? Yikes! I think I'm in love!

    Lucky you with your giveaway winnings. Have you bought a lottery ticket yet? *wink*

  4. I love, love, love your wonky houses. They are such fun. How on earth can you bear to part with them though?

  5. Your wonky houses look great. Smart move getting them all organised early so you don't have to rush. And I do like the siggy blocks, too!
    Now it will be exciting to wait to see the blocks you receive in return. Fun!
    I have to agree that the new star block looks great and I love seeing them all together.
    Well done on the prizes. They look rather wonderful, too.
    I think you need a rest after all that work!!

  6. Hello Lesley!

    I am so glad I found your blog and I've signed up to be a regular follower! Please stop by my blog if you get a chance, dear. Here's the address:

    I love all your wonky houses and am so excited to be on the receiving end to get one of them.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Helen Burdette

  7. Lesley your wonky houses are fabulous and you were so quick in making them all and your siggy blocks - thanks for the explanation of what to do as I haven't made siggy blocks before!

  8. I love your wonky Houses, the fabrics are amazing! I had not seen your siggy blocks, thry are too, too, cute! Grat job!

  9. Your wonky houses are so cute! I don't do wonky very well either. Congrats on your great wins, I have one package of the Island Batiks in browns and can't wait to play with them!


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