Archive | October 2012

Collating your fabric for a rainbow swap

So today I am just doing a very quick post… this is for the new people to our swap group… being a visual learner I sometimes find it hard to be clear about what I am saying so I decided the best way to explain it was … you guessed it.. do it through photos.

So for this swap I have selected purple to show you what I mean.

Step 1.

Cut all your fabric so you have the right number of piles and the right number of fabrics in each pile. They need not be the SAME fabric in each pile BUT it is important that you ensure that no pile at the end has more than one type of each fabric.


Step 2:

Take the top pile of fabric and move the rest to the side.



Step 3:

Lay out the fabric – the number of piles you need to create depends on the swap you are in – so CHECK. For this swap I need 12 piles of 10 different fabrics and they need to be purple.


Step 4:

Now I lay the next fabric on top of the last – taking care to line them up so they are nice and even. This helps me (so I don’t have to re-lay all the bundles) and makes your return swap SO MUCH NICER.


Step 5:

So for the rest of the layers I don’t have 12 of each so I have supplemented the main fabric with some others I had scraps of that I was able to get 5×5″ squares out of! like the others lay them on top.(in this layer I used 3 different fabrics – but they wont be repeated…)



Step 6:

So again with the mix matched layer – this layer and the next I rushed a bit and they are not very neat. The neater you can send them to me the better. I have also tried not to put the different light colours in the same bundles… in the image above they are in the top row… here they are in the middle!


Step 7:

So this is the last layer that I photographed.. by now I know you get the idea.


Step 8:

Once you have all your piles sorted I ask that you drab some scrap paper and cut it into 11 bits.

Place a crap of paper on the first pile, then add another fabric pile (keeping the square and if you can so a bit the paper is peeking our (again just makes it easier on this end) then a scrap of paper then a fabric bundle…. do this till your done.

Then put the whole pile into a plastic bag. Snap locks are the best.. just before you seal it.. squeeze as much air out of it as you can. This helps the fabrics stay nice… Aus Post can get a little rough at times!

Once they all get to me .. I lay then out just the same as above – but instead of one piece of fabric I lay 12 at a time.

SO if you have say purple and orange … make them into separate bundles.

Add your name to the bag and the NUMBER of the swap.

In the end you will get something like this in the mail!

Happy sorting!



The Wonky Star

Good morning!

Firstly let me say that I know that my tutorials are on the basic side – but we were all new to quilting once and wouldn’t it have been wonderful to find a simple to read and follow instructions!

Even better, wouldn’t it have been wonderful to get some helping in finding and organising wonderful fabrics!

Over on Facebook I manage a group called Rainbow Charm Squares & More – Swaps … you can find it here Generally it means you find a few different fabrics of one colour – cut it up and send it in.. on this end we collate and sort and send you back a wonderful rainbow! Come on over and join the group – by joining the group you get access to have a look ask questions, check out photos and THEN if you decide you want to join a swap you put your name down. No pressure, no hassle. (I hear you, enough of the advertising!!) 

OK so here we go. Today we are going to make Wonky points. Wonky points are traditionally used in stars… like this…


In fact all of these stars came from the tutorial you are reading now! You to can make this quilt of use the points for some of the other variations found at the bottom of the post.

WARNING: I use a LOT of pictures – perfect for the visual learner – but if you have any questions just comment and I will get back to you as soon as I can.


SO First things first. For this project i have used ONE rainbow swap and have used them ALL to make Wonky points. One swap (from the Rainbow group above) yields 120 – 5×5″ charm squares with 20 of each colour. On top of this you will need a solid. I used White Prima from Spotlight but any homespun type things should work.


Now all the cutting and sorting is done you need to look at sewing! Yay!

To make the first point of the wonky star you place the WHITE – right sides together – on top of the coloured charm square (green bit) so that there is enough over hang on both ends to make sure you have a full 5″ square when we trim back.

The way you please the white is what makes it wonky – the IDEA is to mix them up – don’t make them the same.. that is a different project… some will be high on the side – some will be way to the left on the bottom… For most quilters it can be hard to g irregular.. give it a go.. it’s FUN!



When you get to the end of this one DON”T CUT THE THREAD – just feed the next one through… till your finished. This will save a bunch of time and hassle!

At the end of my 120 squares – of side ONE i had this – a lovely jumble of colours!



then I cut the thread that chained them and made a nice bundle. Best not to leave them in a jumble too long – you don’t want to iron more than you have to!!


So with some good music or the TV on for company it is time to trim the corners off.


With the white still laying on the charms square place your ruler on top of the white and trim back the corner of the coloured charm square. You can see in the image below I had already trimmed two – the corners are laying on the board, and I am about to cut the third.


And now the third is cut off also.




And REPEAT! I ended up with a great pile of little cut off corners!


Now it is time to open them. The white gets folded back and will ‘fill’ the corner that was just cut off! On the left open on the right still closed (or folded on top of each other).


The red below show where I have pressed the white (Seam to the white – seems odd but makes a nice frame) and then trimmed back on ONE side. This will help square up again later.



Next it is time to add the second side. There are LOTS of ways to do this. In this project I decided to make all the bottom of the points (if you were to think of the two points coming together to make a V shape therefore the bottom of the V) meet. You can see in the image below how I made sure they were the same by using the intersection of the white from the previous point and the green background.

On other wonky stars I have done I have not been strict about this. If it is your first go – try a few ways and see – how wonky – works for you!

Make sure you have enough hang over again so that when the white is turned out it will cover the corner you are removing taking INTO ACCOUNT your seam allowance of 1/4″.


The image below shows what they look like with the second point attached before trimming.


As you did last time with the white still on top of the colour place your ruler on top and trim off the coloured corner leaving a 1/4″ seam.

Then press your white open – seam to the white.

Then you are ready to trim the white to make this baby square again!


Using the side you cut last time as your straight edge, line your ruler up so that the point where the white V meets the colour is on the 1/4″ line cut the double white point off. This lining up ONLY matters if you want your points to be just so when attaching to your centre block.

Line it up…


Cut it off…





Then.. Squaring to the 5″ line match the left and bottom lines and trim back the last overhang of white… Rotate your block and then trim the remaining side if needed. By taking the time now to ensure you have a 5″ square you will ensure your quilt is flat and lovely at the end!


Once your wonky points are made you can decide how to use them. Here are a couple of uses.

The traditional wonky star…


By facing them all on one direction and then alternating them for the second row you end up with wonky arrows!


By placing them in a rotating circle you end up with something like this that would make a wonderful kaleidoscope design…



I hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial… and that it is clear enough to use. Please let me know if anything is confusing and I’ll fix it right up!!

I would love to see images of anything you make with your wonky points.

All the best and happy sewing…




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