I finished my Gee’s Bend Inspired Wonky Quilt

I love my wonky quilt that was inspired by the gorgeous iconic quilts made in Gee’s Bend, Alabama. This quilt is seriously improv. I used a ruler and rotary cutter to help me cut straight, but I didn’t measure anything. I cut up some left-over ‘made fabric,’ sewed those chunks together, and then sewed strips all around.

And I never squared it up, ever. Not after the piecing or after the quilting. I love how un-even and misshaped it turned out.

But I get kinda frustrated when people say, ‘oh, it’s wonky… but it’s beautiful anyway.’  What??? Beautiful anyway?

I think it’s beautiful because it’s wonky. Let me be clear… I made it that way on purpose!

If you don’t understand why, then you have to read my blog post about how the Gee’s Bend quilters inspired me. Or just go ahead and Google Gee’s Bend Quilts. Prepare to be amazed.

So with Christmas fast approaching I’m hitting my WIP pile and this was the first one finished. Yay! Only about a hundred to go, lol. The quilting’s not perfect, but before I did it I watched Angela Walter’s Machine Quilting: Small Changes Big Variety for ideas. She’s so adorable.

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  1. Carole Gold says:

    Wow, the navy makes the rest of the fabrics sing, and I like the little bits of print in the outer most strips, too! What a lovely, cozy quilt.

  2. I love that it’s Wonky! This is the first one i’ve seen and just love it. I can’t wait till i get my christmas ones finished so i can make one of these and just relax and have fun with it.

  3. Thanks for suggesting the Gee Bend Quilts to watch on You Tube. Oh my what an enjoyable time I spent learning about these artists. I will never complain about how long my quilting is taking me when I an ready for one to be done. A new respect for wonky, that is for sure.

  4. I love, love, love the Gees Bend quilts and love your quilt too! There is something so liberating and fun about making these kinds of quilts and to me they are so much more interesting than "perfect" quilts. I think people who haven’t tried making a quilt this way are missing out…

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