Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Guest Blocker today is Pauline with look at this...

A big thank you to Mme Samm for inviting me to her block party.
Hi! I'm Pauline and I blog over at Quiltnqueen.
Today I'm going to show you how I make a wonky log cabin block.
I'm sure there are many ways to make this block....come along and see how I do it!!
I started quilting about 10 years ago, just before we moved from Canada to Tennessee.
The second quilt I made was for my DH 
It was easy and used the wonky log cabin block.  
I luv this quilt...and is still one of my favorites. 
 I used homespun fabrics for the blocks and
a cozy flannel on the back.

DH's Wonky Log Cabin

This block is jelly roll or fat quarter friendly as it uses 2.5" strips
It makes an awesome scrappy quilt too!!

OK.....let's get started.....

                   - use 1/4" seam allowance               
          - press away from the centre square          
 - always stitch with RST (right sides together)  
- always have the block on top and the strip you are adding
 next to your machine - this allows you to see the seams on top so you sew

  • cut 1 - 2.5" x 2.5" square (my center square is bright pink)
  • cut 1 - 2.5" x 2.5" square and sew to the bottom of your center square
  • cut 2 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles and sew the first one to the left of the 2 squares and the second one to the top
  • cut 1 - 2.5" x 6.5" rectangle and sew it to the right side of the pieced block 
Wonky Log Cabin step 1 Wonky Log Cabin Block - step 2Wonky Log Cabin Block - step 3 Wonky Log Cabin Block - step 4
  •  place a 5.5" square ruler on the block making sure your corners are on the fabric block and trim to make a 5.5" square...

Wonky Log Cabin Block - step 5 Wonky Log Cabin Block - step 6 Wonky Log Cabin Block - step 7
It is now looking wonky!!

...from this point on
always add your next strip to the side of the block that has 2 seam allowances...

Wonky Log Cabin Block - step 8

 continue to add 4 more strips to the wonky 5.5" square always adding to the side with 2 SA's 
  • cut 1 - 2.5" x 5.5"
  • cut 2 - 2.5" x 7.5"
  • cut 1 - 2.5" x 9.5" 
  • using an 8.5" square ruler and positioning the ruler so all corners are on the fabric block, trim to make an 8.5" square....

Wonky Log Cabin Block - step 8 Wonky Log Cabin Block - step 9 Wonky Log Cabin Block - step 10 Wonky Log Cabin Block - Step 10
  • continue to add 4 more strips in the same manner
  • cut 1 - 2.5" x 8.5"
  • cut 2 - 2.5" x 10.5"
  • cut 1 - 2.5" x 12.5" 
  • I didn't have a 11" x 11" ruler (not sure they even make a ruler that size) so I made a paper template 11" x 11" making sure it was all on the fabric block.  I then placed my 12.5" square ruler on top of the paper template and trimmed.  It just seemed I was trimming too much off the block.  Making anything wonky there seems to be some waste.
Wonky Log Cabin Block - step 12  Wonky Log Cabin Block - finishes at 11" square

With this 11" x 11" block I made a pillow.
To make the pillow front.....I framed the wonky log cabin block
with 2.5" strips of Kona Snow
cut 2 - 2.5" x 11" and
 2 - 2.5" x 15"
I sewed the 2.5" x 11" strips to the top and bottom first, pressed
then added the 2.5" x 15" strips to the sides...

for the back of the pillow
cut 2 - 15" x 10" pieces from fabric coordinating with the wonky log cabin block
Hem the 15" side of each of the back pieces by turning under 1/2" and
then turning another 1/2" to make a hem.  Top stitch.

 With RST lay one pillow back on top of the pillow front,
keeping raw edges together, pin in place
Take the second pillow back and layer it at the opposite end of the pillow front
keeping raw edges together
and overlapping the first pillow back in the center.
Pin in place and stitch a generous 1/4" from the raw edges around the pillow.
Turn the pillow right sides out and insert a 14" x 14" pillow form.

and VOILA!! we have a pillow!!
Wonky Log Cabin Pillow

There are lots of possibilities with this block....

I used a jelly roll of Sherbet Pips by Aneela Hoey
with a red fabric for my center and
 12 wonky log cabin blocks...3 across and 4 down
 alternating every other block with Kona white
 as the final set of logs.....this matches the outer border
I cut the red inner border at 1.5" wide
and the outer border at 3.5" from Kona white.
The binding will likely be scrappy...I'll see what it looks like after it is quilted

The quilt measures approximately 40" x 50".

Please accept my apologies for this picture....the border is really white.
I confess.....I took this picture...
my DH is in England at the moment and he usually takes the pictures
.....can't believe I can mess up 'picture taking' soo bad!!

...he took the next picture before he left on Saturday....
....any little girl would luv this quilt....(o:
Sherbet Pips Wonky Log Cabin

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial....if you have any questions please let me know
...and now for making it to the end of this posting I invite you to visit my blog
I have a giveaway...
....see you over at Quiltnqueen!!
Thank you Mme Samm for inviting me to your block party is always a fun time...sharing and inspiring each other with our quilting projects.
hugs and happy stitching


  1. Good Morning Pauline...there are comments below too...see the link?
    Had to re post, a glitch this morning..fixed now...
    NOW about your wonky quilt...even your wonky looks very together, coordinated and neat....YOU can't do messy that is the conclusion...both quilts are the quilt frame too...loved having you here...thanks ever sew much!

  2. Great tutorial Pauline. Wonky log cabin quilts have to be one of my faves. They just say cuddle under me. And yours looks soooo inviting. Thanks for the great post.


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  3. I have yet to try the wonky log cabin. This looks like a super way to use my jelly rolls. Thank you!

  4. Love that block and Pips! Great tutorial!

  5. Thank you for the tutorial for this block! :-)

  6. You are VERY good at writing directions!! Even I can follow those, they are very good, and the block looks very fun. Much appreciated, can't wait to try it sometime!

  7. Good Morning, I have been waiting for a wonky log cabin with 2.5" strips. Very pretty with the Pips. Thanks for the giveaway! Mary

  8. Your tutorial makes it sound so easy. I like that! I am going to try this with a few Christmas pillows. Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. Pauline ~ Great looking quilt and super cute pillow. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial.

  10. Great tutorial. Just what I was looking for my next project. Went over to your blog and I love it. I am now a follower. Hugs

  11. A great tutorial Pauline - thanks for your participation and the wonderful opportunity you have given us. JudyCnNC

  12. Great tutorial, Pauline - I was just blessed with a jelly roll, so this is a wonderful time to try a wonky log cabin! Thanks so much for sharing!

  13. thanks Pauline ! your quilts and pillow are gorgeous and your tutorial is done very nicely and easy to follow !!!

  14. Wonderful tutorial! Thanks, Pauline :)

  15. Great tutorial Pauline..and love your pillow and quilt....I love the one on your bed

  16. Thank you for a great tutorial. I love log cabin patterns, but I have been afraid of "wonky" cut patterns (I am afraid of messing it up) until this tutorial. I would love to make this quilt for my precious grand daughter. Happy Holidays!

  17. Great tut I think I could apply this one to my scrap know just to make room for the jelly roll.

  18. This is a great tut with such an easy way to wonky the straight and narrow!

  19. Such a fun quilt! Great directions, too. Thanks!

  20. Thank you for the good direction. It seems to be a wonderful block and with good possibilities to and awsome quilt.
    Thanks for sharing

  21. Great tutorial on wonky log cabin. I love how the blocks and quilts turned out. I will give your method a try!

  22. You make this look so easy that I may have to give it a try:) Thanks for the great tutorial today!

  23. I have to admit, my blocks look like that with out trimming-lol
    neat thing about this technique is one will have crumbs for another sister piece or borders.

  24. Thanks for your tutorial! I really like your wonky log cabin pillow, it is very cute! And the pips quilt is lovely too.

  25. Great tuto and beautiful blocks.You make it easy to follow.I will give it a try.Thanks

  26. Thank you for the tutorial! I like log cabin and your wonky log cabin was fun to do.
    Gun, Sweden

  27. Very clear tutorial. Definitely gonna try this one! Thanks for the giveaway.

  28. Pauline I just love this wonky block! Since I'm a bit wonky myself it really appeals to me. :) blessings, marlene

  29. Your Block and TUT are GREAT! Looking forward to adding it to my Nov Sampler. :) Thanks for the giveaway, very kind of you.

  30. Great block! I just might be able to make a wonky log cabin come out square. I've tried regular log cabin blocks, but they never seem to be square. I love both quilts. Thanks for the tut.


  32. I love the look of this quilt. I'm definitely going to have to give this a try!

  33. A great tutorial! Love the look of both the homespun cuddly quilt (♥ the secondary friendship stars in the sashing) and the fresh new Sherbet Pips yummy quilt and pillow too. What a great use of a jelly roll!

  34. Great tutorial!! Love the wonkiness of it!

  35. Thanks for this tutorial, I was wondering how it was done with these type of blocks.

    Thanks for sharing Pauline! :)

    Pinterested this, hope you don't mind. :)

  36. Thank You for this fantastic tutorial. It's very easy :) I love your quilts and pillow !!

  37. Thanks, Pauline and Madame Samm. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  38. I love the wonky log cabin block!

    Wonderful post!!!

  39. This looks like so much fun! Love all the must be so rewarding to see it come together,and a creative way to make use of all those extra fabrics in my cupboards. I adore the quilt stand! Thanks so much for sharing!

  40. Great tutorial. The tilted blocks always make me think of the song, "Dizzy. I'm so dizzy. My head is spinning..." I am such a linear visual person. I have been known to straighten pictures at my sister's house or those of a friend. No, I try not to straighten them compulsively, but it bothers me until I leave!
    Happy Thanksgiving to all the US readers.

  41. You had me at "jelly roll" how simply sweet is that! I also am gaga over the metal quilt rack...where might I find one of those????

  42. Wonky blocks! Sew easy, Sew fun, Sew fast!.

  43. I commented on your blog as well but I will repeat that I loved the tutorial. It makes me want to do a Wonky Block quilt.

  44. Thanks for the great tutorial! Love the cushion and quilt with their cuter than cute fabrics :)
    Thank you too for the gorgeous giveaway.

  45. Enjoyed your tutorial. I love log cabin anything.

  46. Thanks for this great tutorial, can't wait to try out this block in project. I love the giveaway, thanks for the chance to win.

  47. I love this quilt design! I am keeping this tutorial for future use. I think it would be a great way to use my scraps.

    Thanks so much!

  48. This is such a great block. I've been trying to use up my scaps. This might be the block! Thank you for the chance to win a jellyroll.

  49. Great tutorial and pictures. I've always wanted to make a wonky log cabin and now I can.

  50. Thanks for the tute I am a old Pauline follower.

  51. This was a great tutorial. I'm following both blogs.

  52. Love the word "wonky" so what's there not to like about this block!! Wonky, wonky, wonky...

  53. Thanks Madame Samm for asking Pauline to do a tutorial. I always love Pauline's work and these wonky blocks are no exception.
    Great tutorial.

  54. Great tutorial. I love wonky blocks.

  55. It is a fabulous wonky block Pauline- I really like the twisted look that it gives. I have been looking for a quilt pattern that would use a jelly roll. This might be the one. Thanks for the tutorial.
    Regards from Western Canada,

  56. Love the colors of the DH quilt. The pillow is perfect for a sweet girl. I love the wonky Tut. This looks like something I could do and be proud of.
    Thanks for sharing.

  57. Thanks for the great wonky tutorial!

  58. What a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing! :)

  59. i love the wonky quilt! thank you so much fort he great tutorial!

  60. Hey, Pauline.....wonderful tutorial, and wonderful quilts, both the old version and the new version. I love both of them!

  61. Loved Pauline's tutorial on Wonky Log Cabin and also the giveaway. Following both of you gals! Happy Thanksgiving!

  62. I never before thought I'd like the look of wonky anything but that is changed now. I love it and am looking forward to trying it myself.

  63. Great tutorial! The wonky log cabin is really sweet in homespuns!

  64. This is a cute block -- it makes me think of Alice in Wonderland ;)

  65. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!!

  66. thank you for your wonderful tutorial!!

  67. I've never tried a wonky block before, but you have given me the courage to try!

  68. My block turned out so NEAT! Thanks for a great tutorial! I loved this idea..will definitely be making more!

  69. Love the way Sherbit Pips looks in this design. Your right any little girl would love it.

  70. Wonky works. Thanks for showing us how.

  71. Thank you! I do love the wonky! (and how forgiving it is for newbies like me! LOL)

  72. This is such a pretty wonky! Thanks for the tutorial.

  73. Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial. I just love the look of this quilt!

  74. Thanks for the tutorial...I think I will actually try a wonky make it look easy!!
    ashmore dot cheryl at yahoo dot com

  75. I am new to your site but I just love this block. I have now added 3 new sites to my favorites. Keep the cute blocks coming. I work full time and do not seem to quilt as much as I'd like to, but I'm looking forward to retirement and being able to spend more time making beautiful quilts. I thank Sue Goeker for sending me this site by e-mail.

  76. Cute pattern and love the color scheme. I'm a long time follower of your blog and love all your projects.
    Gmama Jane

  77. Thanks for the Wonky Tutorial. Love the fabrics you're using for the tutorial. So wistful!

  78. i love the look of wonky blocks- the mendocino really makes it shine though! so beautiful!

  79. I have always loved the look of the wonky quilt and with a new niece/nephew on the way in the new year I am definitely going to try it. Especially now I have your amazing tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing it.

  80. Love the wonky quilt! Thank you for the instructions! I'd love to be entered for the Pips jelly roll.

  81. I really liked your sashing/corner stone of the homespun quilt you made. I won a bunch of wonky blocks and a setting like that might make the end result! thanks!

  82. What fabulous tutorial and great looking block!! I especially love it in PIPS!!!! Thanks so much!

  83. Great tutorial, and love the fabric.

  84. What a great tutorial!! and I think your pictures are perfect. I'm a visual learner and always appreciate pictures along the way. I've been wanting to do some "wonky" patterns so perfect timing. hehe. Thanks for sharing with us.

    Thank you for the giveaway and a chance to win. I'm also a follower of both blogs.



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