It Was Just A Goof-Off Kind of Day

So what do you do when you want to sew but you just don’t want to sew what you’ve got?!  I had one of those days last week.  I just wanted to goof-off sewing.  But I wanted to be productive with something too.  So, what’s a girl to do?  I didn’t want to start some big project or look at a bunch of patterns to figure out what I wanted to do.  I didn’t want to go through my stash and pull stuff out.  I surely didn’t want to clean my sewing room!  Hmmmmm.  So what to do?

I saw my miscellaneous strip box was overflowing.  So I thought, what could I do to get rid of some of that?  Well this is what I came up with.  Let’s make some wonky squares!  So first, I guess I’d better explain what my miscellaneous strip box is.  It’s all the strips that are wider on one end and narrower on the other, or a little bit crooked somewhere, or just don’t fit into the size range for the other strips sized boxes that I keep (like 2″, 1 1/2″ etc.).  Some are short and some are long.  Doesn’t matter.  They all go in there.  They just need to be wide enough so that something still shows after I get my two 1/4″ seams sewn off either side.

So I started with a little fat piece in the center and I sewed around and around like a log cabin.  Mindlessly picking up strips.  Don’t care if they’re straight or not, hence the wonky.  Different widths.  Don’t care.  I decided 6 1/2″ square would be a good place to stop since that was the size of my square ruler.  I squared them up and WhooHoo!  What cute little wonkies they are.  I like em!

Wonky squares

Wonky squares

So I sewed and sewed.  Fun, mindless, goofy, wonky fun!  So, I don’t know……thirty squares later I figured I better think about putting them together because I don’t want another pile of “something else I have to get back to”.  And you know how I do love on point.  So, I went to my trusty EQ and put in my 6″ square on point quilt and it told me the size squares that I needed to cut for the sides and the corners.  I love my EQ!  No math! No hassle!  Life should be so simple!

Well, “A Little Bit Wonky” was born!  I sewed and I played. And I have a cute little wonky top to show for it.  It still needs borders and quilting and such and it’s still in the must get back to it pile.2015-03-21 14.04.28 2015-03-21 13.59.50But, someone somewhere will stay warm under a strange little wonky lap quilt.  I hope they enjoy it as much as I did making it.  And look at all those crooked little strips that didn’t end up in a landfill.  BTW, my miscellaneous strip box is still full but at least I can get the top to stay on. Lol!2015-03-21 14.00.12


I hope you all have a wonky kind of day.  Goofy and fun! Sometimes it’s ok to be a little bit off and wonky.  Our points don’t always have to match and we don’t always have to be coordinated.  Sometimes its just fun to take it as it comes right out of the miscellaneous wonky strip box.

Happy Quilting!

  • Michele
    March 21, 2015

    How Fun!!!!! What a fabulous end to a goof off day! Thank you for sharing!

  • Pat lewis
    March 22, 2015

    You and I must be related, in our love for scraps and quilting! That’s one f the reasons I discovered you and last year’s Scrapitude quilt! I loved that and am enjoying the Scrap in a Box as well this year! I am never sure how it can happen- that after using 200 squares or more from one of my sized “square” drawers or shoeboxes, that it doesn’t seem to diminish the volume of squares still remaining in the box!! Same with my shoeboxes of strips sorted by width!
    My hubster suggests that as I add to any of my shoeboxes, that it compresses them sort of like one of those vacuumed “space bags”! Perhaps he’s right! I prefer to think that some stash angel comes in while I’m sleeping and adds new scraps to my storage because as I go through the boxes, I constantly discover “new” scraps that I’ve never seen before and don’t know the origin of! Lil !!

    • Charlotte Hawkes
      March 22, 2015

      Hi Pat,
      Ha! I never thought of a scrappy stash angel! I love it! I think I’ll add it to my repertoire with your permission. I’m never quite sure what is going on in those boxes when I’m not looking but I like your idea better. So glad you are enjoying “the scraps”.
      Happy Quilting,

  • Pratima
    March 26, 2015

    Fun blocks and a beautiful quilt top! Variation of widths is interesting to see in the blocks.

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