Wonky or Liberated Quilting..Free Patterns, Tutorials, Ideas

 
What is Liberated Quilting?

The term was first introduced when Gwen Marston published her iconic Liberated Quiltmaking and opened up the world of quilting to the ideas of process quilting. Unlike traditional quilting where one simply followed patterns and used templates, liberated quilting is more about the free piecing of non-traditional elements without sacrificing our quilting roots of the patterns we have loved in the past.

By showing the process she was using to create her non-traditional quilts, she discovered a variety of new quilting ideas involving piecing. The idea of liberated or wonky, free-pieced houses and liberated stars was born...and it has only continued to grow in leaps and bounds since that day.

Below I will share my own collection of ideas, links, and process 'patterns' and tutorials from liberated quilters everywhere... to give you a jump start into the world of Liberated Quilting, as is opening up and continuing today. Thanks to a whole new generation of quilters, as well as the wonderful world of the utilitarian quilts as demonstrated by the Quilters of Gee's Bend and others...ideas and techniques abound and books and other forms of tutelage are coming into free play.

Welcome to the Wonky World of Liberated Quilting!



wonky: adjective
1) rickety, shaky, wobbly, wonky; inclined to shake as from weakness or defect;
"a rickety table"; "a wobbly chair with shaky legs"; "the ladder felt a little wobbly"; "the bridge still stands though one of the arches is wonky"
2) askew, awry(p), cockeyed, lopsided, wonky, skew-whiffturned or twisted toward one side;

Great List of Wonky, Free-Pieced, or Liberated Quilt Block Patterns, Techniques or Ideas:...use these to understand the liberated process and jump start your own ideas!


wonky: adjective
1) rickety, shaky, wobbly, wonky; inclined to shake as from weakness or defect;
"a rickety table"; "a wobbly chair with shaky legs"; "the ladder felt a little wobbly"; "the bridge still stands though one of the arches is wonky"
2) askew, awry(p), cockeyed, lopsided, wonky, skew-whiffturned or twisted toward one side;

Great List of Wonky, Free-Pieced, or Liberated Quilt Block Patterns, Techniques or Ideas:
A is For Alphabet by Lynne of the Patcherie Menagerie...learn the ABC's of piecing letters!
All Red Letter Challenge and Learn Alphabet Letters Posts from Lynne
Asterisks by Tonya Ricucci
Baskets from Basket Full of Scraps by Sujata
Be Still My Heart Quilt Tutorial by Jacquie Gehring of Tallgrass Prairie
Birds, Free Piecing Tutorial by Lynne of Patchery Menagerie
Broken Cogs Quilt Tutorial by Jacquie of Tallgrass Prairie
Butterflies, Wonky Free Piecing Tutorial by Lynne
Butterfly BlockTutorial by Mrs. Schmenkman Quilts
Charming Butterfly Blocks by Ferne
Chickens1
Chickens 2 Chickens3 and Rooster ideas for making them, from Joyce of J's Quilts
Crazy Nine-Patch Lattice Quilt by Oh! Fransson
Crumb Chaos from Patti at Quilting... is Still My Passion
Crumby Heart Tutorial from Tonya
Curved strip piecing tutorial by Brenda of Strips and Strings
Disappearing 9-Patch with Pieced Hearts by Block'n Swap

Flying Geese...liberated and free pieced from scraps http://with-heart-and-hands.blogspot.com/search?q=flying+geeseshared With Heart and Hands

Pieced Chevron...A Tutorial by Jacquie of Tallgrass Prairie
Free Pieced Flower by Sarah (Kromama)
Free Pieced Heart by Sharon of Indigo Threads
Free Pieced Letters by Brenda of Scraps and Strings

Free Pieced Rose Tutorial shared With Heart and Hands

Free Piecing People/a girl
Free-style Tree from Sophie Junction
Fungly Challenge from Tonya Ricucci
Goats,Cows and Pigs from Joyce
Hand Quilting without a Hoop
Heart by Tonya Ricucci
Heart...Liberated and Wonky by Sharon of Indigo Threads
Heart...Another technique in piecing by Sarah, House of Krom
houses (Wonky Houses) by Tonya Ricucci, the Unruly Quilter
Japanese x tutorial: Setsuko Inagawa quilt
Liberated Rose: Free-Piecing Roses by Michele from With Heart and Hands
Liberated and Wonky Flying Geese by Michele With Heart and Hands
Liberated Pineapples from Yarn, Dogs, and a Few Weirdos.
Orphans Blocks Tutorial by Finn, Pieces from My Scrapbag
Red Cross Block Tutorial by Camp Follower Bags
Scrappy Heart (6 inch) Quiltingabout.com
Scrappy Pieced Heart into a Liberated logs quilt
String Fish Aquarium by Ruthie
Strings ~ Hearts from Mary at MaryQuilts.com
Letters. . . We've Got Letters by Sharon of Indigo Threads
Strip Pieced Letters by Brenda of Strips and Strings
Liberated Amish 2010 Get Together
Liberated Basket from Blocks n Swaps
Liberated Spiderweb block - no paper
Mary Quilts Wonky Rails from Maryquilts.com
People from Sarah House of Krom
Pineapple Blocks...liberated style
Pocket Change Quilt Pattern download from Jacquie Gehring
Sarah London's Selvage Star tutorial is a 28 page PDF
Selvage Spider Web tutorial by Jacquie of Tallgrass Prairie
Selvage Spools...The Tutorial! by Jacquie
Slash and Stack Wonky Blocks from Blocks n Swaps
Spinning Spirals of large flowers
Starry Forest Christmas Tree Skirt by Jacquie Gehring of Tallgrass Prairie
Strip Pieced Letters by Brenda of Strips and Strings
Strings ~ Marys Patriotic Star from Maryquilts.com
String Quilting:Tutorial and Free Patterns
Taking the Leap Challenge from Tonya Ricucci
Teapots from Tonya
Tic-Tac-Toe (8 inch) from Sophie at Sophie's Junction
Tiny Wonky (Maverick) Stars by Bonnie Hunter
Tic-Tac-Toe
Trees - easy freestyle trees by Jean Sophie
Trees 2 - adding complexity
Twinkle, Twinkle, Wonky Star from Sew Take a Hike
Wacky Nine Patch...Allsorts uses a cutting technique like the one on Georgia Bonesteele
Wavy Nine Patch by Debbie, The Traveling Quilter
Waverunner by Victoria at Bumble Beans
Wavy Seams Log Cabin from Pink Chalk Studio
Whacky Baskets by Sara from Sara's Scraps
Wonky butterfly by Lynn at the Patcherie Menagerie
Wonky Cross by Elizabeth of Oh Fransson!
Wonky heart by BModern
Wonky heart by Tonya Ricucci
Wonky Shoo Fly by Sophie
Wonky Scrappy I Spy log cabin by Sarah, Kromama
Wonky Squares by Deborah at the Pilgrim's Quilts
Wonky Drunkard's Path from Quilting About.com
Wonky Houses by Tonya, the Unruly Quilter pdf
Wonky/improvisational log cabins from Jenny at Blempgorf
Wonky log cabin by Jacquie at Tallgrass Prairie
Wonky or Maverick Star by Victoria The Silly Boo Dilly
Wonky, Wacky Nine Patch
Wonky RWB Rails (PDF file) by Maryquilts
Wonky Seams block from Pink Chalk Studio
Wonky Star Block from The Silly Boo Dilly
Wonky Star Ring Tutorial by Zonnah
Wonky Shoo Fly from Sophie's Junction
Wonky Spools from Quilter's Cache
Wonky Squares-in-Squares Block from Quilt Dad
Wonkytown from Tonya Ricucci


Liberated Quilting Blog
Liberated Quilters Yahoo Chat Group
Liberated Quilters Blog & Liberated Quilters Message Board Quilt for AAQI
Tonya Ricucci, the Unruly Quilter
Bonnie K. Hunter, Quiltville: Strings and Crumbs
HeartStrings Quilt Project

Wonky Tidbits:
Advice from Tonya Riccuci, The Unruly Quilter:
UnRuly Piecing Basics - UnRuly Basics Pdf
Advice from Sophie's Junction:
Three Ways to Wonkify a Traditional Quilt BlockButterfly block tutorial

Strip Piecing Letters: Learn by watching the Progress:
Letters. . . We've Got Letters by Sharon of Indigo Threads
Strip Pieced Letters by Brenda of Strips and Strings
Letters by Lynne of the Patchery Menagerie
Wonky Alphabet Letters Lynne's fabulous work...check her letters in progress

Strip Piecing Blocks: Learn from Sarah and Molly..liberated block a month

Quilting Tips
Organic Line Quilting by Jacquie of Tallgrass Prairie

Photos and ideas:

I Have Become an Unruly Humbug!...join Tonya's challenge
Splat!
...free pieced fly swatter
Wordplay...word play
Flickr: Free Pieced Quilting Pool
Liberated Amish Challenge 2010
Tonya Riccuci's Fall/Winter Class of 2007
House, Home and Pantry - Fall 2008



Want to try some letters but not sure how to start?

Check out some liberated quilting of the alphabet from other quilters in the past: Dori Hawks created a liberated letters Alphabet Quilt back in 2003. Dori foundation pieced, and many find it helpful to start there, at least by looking at the lines and of course, it ends up 'looking' liberated.

Become even more liberated with Tonya Ricucci's creative approach her new book Word Play.
Tonya sets the standard for making pieced letters, words, and quilts by simply getting the idea on graph paper but cutting out, and free-piecing the letters!

However, if you need that in between place for the concepts, you can look at or try other 'starter' ideas to get you going. Again, foundation or paper pieced....but try just looking at it and making it without using any kind of pattern for the letters:
Hope Market Tote Pattern - free!
Denyse Schmidt's Hope Bag
Free download!


Books of Interest:


Liberated String Quilts
Liberated String Quilts
Gwen Marston

Liberated Quiltmaking
Liberated Quiltmaking
Gwen Marston

Collaborative Quilting
Collaborative Quilting
Freddy Moran, Gwen Marston

Ideas and Inspirations: Abstract Quilts in Solids
The Quilts of Gee's Bend: Masterpieces from a Lost Place
The Quilts of Gee's Bend: Masterpieces from a Lost Place
William Arnett, Alvia Wardlaw, Jane Livingston, John Beardsley

Product Details
Word Play
Tonya Ricucci
Word Play sets the standard for making pieced letters, words and quilts.



Mary Lou Weidman
...learn to make pieced chickens, cats, cakes, ice cream cones, princesses, angels, purple cows and so much more!

Shown at top:
My little "Liberated Rose"art quilt may be only 9" x 12", but it carries great personal meaning in its quest for freedom from all the losses that confine us. On display this fall at the 2010 Houston International Quilt Festival, as just one among many, it was part of the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative display and earned $45 for Alzheimer's research.

This rose was made in memory of my mother who has advanced Alzheimer's, but will now be viewed in Houston as a tribute to my father, who just passed away. May we so honor all those we love, by making and donating a quilt in their honor.

Learn more and see our quilts here: Liberated Quilters Blog & Liberated Quilters Message Board
and the AAQI home page here: Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative

MY LINKS:
Liberated Quilting

Liberated Quilting Challenge

Liberated Quilting: Free Patterns, Blocks, and Tutorials

Word Play (Quilts)

Please update your link lists from my blogspot address to www.with-heart-and-hands.com
With Heart and Hands
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