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Unusually-Shaped Quilts

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  • Total submissions: 17
  • Total countries: 5
  • Total provinces: 3
  • Total states: 6

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1998 Piecemakers Calendar - Four Seasons 1998 Piecemakers Calendar – Four Seasons
By: Linda, Nova Scotia, Canada

This quilt is 13 years old but still one of my favs. It was so much fun to make. It still hangs on the wall in our guest room. I eliminated the borders from the design to make it hexagonal.

Quilt size: width: 60" height: 60"

A Hot Rod Quilt A Hot Rod Quilt
By: Selina Koreski, Washington, USA

My husband has a 1957 Ford station wagon and he asked me to make this for the back of the car. It was a little tricky to shape it around the wheels, but it turned out great and we get many compliments at car shows.

Quilt size: width: 53" height: 49"

Definitely Not Square Definitely Not Square
By: Janet Archibald, British Columbia, Canada

This was a swap quilt I made last year where the theme was black and white plus 1 other colour, not a square quilt. My inspiration was a little thank you card I received that was in the shape of a small houndstooth purse. It was fun to develop the pattern!

Quilt size: width: 10" height: 14"

Hexies Hexies
By: WilmaNC, North Carolina, USA

Got this pattern out of McCall’s Quilting I believe. Wanted to try this method, and to also try the zig zag border and binding.

Quilt size: width: 56" height: 72"

Marriage Marriage
By: Nellie Durand, Tennessee, USA

This piece was made to celebrate the union of marriage for my nephew and his bride. Two shapes join together, yet each retains its identity. However, a new shape, patterning and coloration is created where they intersect. The technique is reverse applique through as many as ten layers of fabric.

Quilt size: width: 24" height: 38"

Mufarro's Beautiful Daughters Mufarro’s Beautiful Daughters
By: Lindy, Washington, USA

This quilt was my response to the award-winning art of childrens’ book, Mufarro’s Beautiful Daughters, an African Cinderella story. Right edge follows the shape of focus fabric. Bird forms upper left corner-pieced, then appliqued. Leaves and woman’s garb ‘flop’ loosely (3D) on this joyous quilt.

Quilt size: width: 54" height: 50"

My summer country My summer country
By: Gunilla Borjesson, Sweden

I made this quilt by hand when visiting my daughter in Spain.

Quilt size: width: 28" height: 24"

Philadelphia Skyline at Dusk Philadelphia Skyline at Dusk
By: Holly Knott, New York, USA

A wrong turn led me to the Schuylkill Expressway at rush hour, but I continued toward Center City Philadelphia and witnessed an incredible skyline. The irregular top edge of this quilt was a happy accident. I noticed that the sky “slices” also looked like buildings themselves.

Quilt size: width: 39" height: 29.5"

Piano Piano
By: Heather Dedo, Illinois, USA

I love music and have always wanted to learn how to play a piano. Since I never learned how to play, yet (I still have plenty of time to learn), I made this little table topper. It reminds me of my grandma. I used to love to sit next to her as she played.

Quilt size: width: 28" height: 36"

Rainbow Hex Rainbow Hex
By: Betsy Lynn, Illinois, USA

This is the quilt I made for DQS9. Had a lot of fun making it. Started with the middle hexagon and just started playing around with shapes and colors, so it just sort of evolved. First time doing a whole-cloth and a color-way quilt.

Quilt size: width: 24" height: 24"

Reba's Butterfly Reba’s Butterfly
By: Nancy Badertscher, Georgia, USA

The pattern is from JoAnn. I made two of these for my older granddaughters for Christmas, using the same fabrics but in a different order.

Quilt size: width: 55" height: 40"

Shari's Quilt Shari’s Quilt
By: Torrie Hildreth, Washington, USA

My 16 year old daughter Torrie made this quilt as a graduation present for one of her friends, well she did not get it done in time for graduation and as these things go, it got put on the back burner. Torrie finished it and gave it to her over Christmas break, Sheri LOVED her belated gift.

Quilt size: width: 59" height: 59"

Spring Star Spring Star
By: Charlotte, Ontario, Canada

This is a Texas star pattern that I learned to make in a class. I like it so much as a star that I decided to leave it as ia and not make it into a quilt. I often have it on a round table which shows it off.

Quilt size: width: 62" height: 62"

Star 2 Star 2
By: Milka Rajic, Serbia

This is a Christmas tablerunner, machine quilted with gold thread.

Quilt size: width: 40" height: 40"

Star Mug Rug Star Mug Rug
By: Shruti, India

This was a small mug rug that I made from the Star Mug Rug pattern from Fat Quarterly Holiday Special Issue.

Quilt size: width: 7" height: 7"

Sun God Sun God
By: Jackie White, Ontario, Canada

This quilt was made as I wanted to try and make a stiff quilt that looked like a mask once hanging on the wall. The result was Sun God

Quilt size: width: 32" height: 18"

Winding Ways Winding Ways
By: Leah, British Columbia, Canada

A round version of winding ways (cut with my Accuquilt Go!)

Quilt size: width: 18" height: 18"

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This post was published on January 28th, 2011. Post topics: Quilt Gallery.

45 Responses to “Unusually-Shaped Quilts”

  1. Anita says:

    With so many beautiful quilts it’s hard to choose just one!

  2. Betsy Lynn says:

    I agree Anita..lots of wonderful quilts!

  3. karin says:

    Oh, I had more than one fave this time & it was really hard! I cannot believe that the one was made by a 16 year old! I’m so glad she finished it!! That marriage one is sure a neat concept, too!!

  4. yES, ALL OF THESE ARE GORGEOUS!! THIS IS DEFINITELY A TOUGH ONE. i LOVE MARRIAGE

  5. Leah says:

    When I first did my first mariner’s compass block, it turned out a little wonky… so I learned a new technique and I have a great block to turn into a pillow to match the quilt…

  6. Christine M says:

    It just goes to show that you don’t have to make a square or rectangle quilt! They all look great.

  7. Anna says:

    Great theme, I love all the shapes. Tough to choose!
    One of my current projects is learning hand applique. The first block I made is kind of bad :) so I’m gonna recycle it and make a lid to a fabric box of it. And all the bad points and frayed places will get a good dash of Frey Check on them, and maybe some glue if needed. I wouldn’t want to show it off on my wall but it will do fine for storing stuff in the sewing room.

  8. Michelle says:

    Beautiful quilts! I love Gail Pan’s designs too…I’d love to win one of her patterns.

  9. Gail Alter says:

    So glad I’ve found this site! The quilts are marvelous. My story: I’d been appliqueing a circle of sunflowers & leaves for a full size quilt. I’d made one of the cake stand blocks that would surround it along with multiple borders. I was about 3/4ths done and laid it on the back of the couch. I simply tossed the cake stand block towards the couch on my way for coffee. What I saw on my return was the block nestled under the sunflowers. With some minor adjustments I appliqued the block in place, added a couple more leaves, put a sawtooth border around in and named it “In lieu of Instructions”. It’s one of my favorite wallhangings!

  10. Barbie K says:

    LOL mishap….? My very first quilt [1975] has always been my fav “…funny thing happened on the way to quilting” story! Started placing my blocks together starting with the middle block, the sides, then the top and bottom…then I wondered How do you put the corner blocks in? Set-in corner blocks did not turn out as I had visioned. I was determined to finish it.
    The quilt literally went to the dog. I immediately bought a book.

  11. Regina says:

    These are great!!!

    My biggest mishap was a pattern that was misprinted, directing me to cut 2″ squares instead of 2.5″ squares, and the fact that I did not make a test block. The resulting 4 patches and floating star blocks were NOT compatible in size, and although I had cut out the ENTIRE quilt and made ALL the components, I had to completely start the project over again with all new fabric.

    I am attempting to salvage the components into a new quilt, but have not revisited it recently.

  12. Linda Brown says:

    Yes all the quilts are lovely and another chance to win great love this weekly quilt contest.

  13. Mary Miller says:

    Funny you should ask. I had a mishap just yesterday and, I’m not going to lie, it made me say bad words! I just bought a brand new Rowenta iron. The instructions said to fill it with tap water, which I did, only to have it spatter brown yucky ooze over a quilt block that took me the better part of a day to cut and put together! I am going to try one of those stain pens to see if I can get it out, but I am just sick about it!

  14. Bonnie says:

    Love the contests and seeing all the wonderful quilts each week..

    I can’t say I have had a mishap that I turned into something else, I do have a ongoing love affair with my seam ripper… I just can not leave something that isn’t just right in my work. If I spot a problem area and I think I will let is slide by, I hear my mother’s voice saying “If your going to do it than do it right” so I grab the seam ripper and and out it comes, then I fix it and move on..

  15. Once again the quilts are fabulous! I found my Favourite though…….good luck to everyone

    and Thanks Michelle, this is yet another wonderful way for us to discover some of the amazingly talented quilters out there.

  16. Liz says:

    found it hard to choose but I guess I’m a country girl at heart , I loved the brightness of it.
    Liz

  17. Ingrid E. says:

    Hi
    What a wonderful collection of beautiful quilts.
    Difficult to choose which one ,they are all special in their own way.

    Ingrid
    Denmark

  18. Linda says:

    BEAUTIFUL QUILTS !!!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

  19. Kathie L says:

    As usual, it’s my scissors that get me in trouble. I’ve sometimes had to carefully rip the stitches out on a piece in the middle of a block that has somehow been cut, and resew a new one it. Truly a pain. You’d think I’d learn to use my blunt ended scissors more. Kathie L in Allentown

  20. Heather says:

    All beautiful quilts! Good luck!

    I guess a recent mishap is I was trying to do some hand applique and had the pieces cut out and ready to go. I tried and tried to do it by hand but gave up so I did machine applique using black thread and it turned out wonderfully! The quilt that I am making is batiks with black.

  21. Wendy says:

    Beautiful quilts to chose from.
    Good luck everyone!!

  22. Hilary says:

    My mishap quilt happened when I thought I knew how to “quilt as you go”. I made the top, bottom and side borders of the quilt as 4 long pieces then didn’t know how to connect them to the quilt. To solve the problem I made two widths of fusible bias binding, then lay each border piece next to the correct side of the quilt and zig-zagged them together with a wide stitch. Then I ironed the wider bias that matched the backing on the back to cover the stitching and ironed the slightly narrower bias on the front to cover that zig zag stitching. To secure them I sewed two rows of stitching down the front bias (which also sewed through to hold the backing bias in place). It came up really well in the end and my daughter loves her quilt and doesn’t notice the bulkiness of the borders at all…and most of all I was so proud of how I managed to solve the problem and not have a permanent UFO sitting around. Here’s a link to the finished quilt: http://quilary1.blogspot.com/2010/05/bloggers-quilt-festival-may-2010.html

  23. Joanna says:

    Compliments to all of the quilt makers for their beautiful projects. I love the Block of the Month quilt. It’s beautiful.

  24. Amy says:

    I’ve had 2 mishaps with my latest BOM. I didn’t think about cutting before I cut. There were several different sizes and I just started cutting away *assuming* everything would just work out like magic! HA! I know better. Luckily, I had enough bits and pieces left to fix my mistake. The blocks turned out just fine. They just have a few extra seams. :)

    Love Gail Pan’s patterns. ADORABLE!

  25. Kelly says:

    I applaud all of the beautiful quilts shown here, and wish I could vote for all of them. They inspire me to try quilting “out of the box” someday. The closest I’ve come so far was when I was trimming the borders on a quilt top and slipped with the rotary cutter. I temporarily had an unusually shaped top, but TOTALLY not the same! Maybe someday, I’ll do it on purpose. =)

  26. Garilyn says:

    I have a huge rag quilt that has been hard to sew together due to the thickness. It makes it hard to get the seams to match up. I think I just need to bite the bullet and just finish it whether the seams match perfectly or not. It’s for my son and he really wants it done.

  27. Lizze says:

    I was making a scrappy diamond quilt that required stacks of fabric to be cut diagonally. Some from left to right, some from right to left. I accidentally cut four stacks of blocks backward! I ended up purchasing a couple more fat quarters, cut an equal amount of blocks to oppose my “mistake” sets, and made a matching lap quilt to my King size!

  28. Susan says:

    I have been an admirer of Gail’s quilts for several years so I must comment. I took my first quilting class in Riyadh Saudi Arabia. It’s not easy to find cotton for quilting, especially solid colours. I had stocked up on fat quarters on a trip to the US, which I used in my blocks. My problem-not having enough fabric for my borders. I wanted a solid red. I went to every shop that sold fabric-NOTHING. I called my teacher, she brought me some red fabric from her stash, but it just wasn’t the right shade. At this point, she introduced me to tea dying. I was very impressed with the results and was able to complete my quilt!

  29. Sandy A says:

    Another hard week to pick. Gorgeous quilts all around.

    I haven’t made too many quilts, but I am in the process of making a scrappy hunter’s star from a class I took at guild. I had a hard time with the lay out, turning the HST blocks the wrong way, so I found a box at work that a computer keyboard came in, laid the squares out in the stack in the direction they are supposed to go, and work on it in between projects. It’s not my favorite, since what I thought the class was and what is actually was were too different things.

  30. Terri says:

    I love these quilts. Wish I had the talent to think outside the box. As I an advanced beginner, I have mishaps daily!

  31. Cisca (DZ) says:

    Beautiful quilts are shown in this contest, but the one I voted for was the best I think.

  32. I really enjoy stopping by every week to vote and look at all the quilts. Lots
    of inspiration. What a fun group of quilts this time.

  33. Sue Goodin says:

    I enjoy viewing other peoples projects. I do vote not just look.
    I have also entered (never won) but it’s great to see how many votes I get when I don’t share. So I know that other out there really like my work.

  34. Sue says:

    Wow, all the quilt makers deserve kudos! Some very beautiful quilts shown here. Maybe some day …….

  35. Thanks to all who have voted for and have commented on my submission, “Marriage”, in this weeks gallery. It’s fun to participate and share, as well as to see others work done in the same vein or theme. Thanks for giving all of us the opportunity.

  36. JoAn GODFREY says:

    i love the colors in the rainbow hex quilt. alsol that it is her own original design.

  37. i love to look on this website,and i am voting sometimes,too,greetings from germany,susi

  38. kate says:

    So many beautiful quilts – I was hard to make a decision,

    thank you for sharing.

  39. Nancy Sue says:

    Such wonderful quilts! It’s hard to vote. Several years ago, I made my mom an Ohio Star pillow covering and not going by pattern, I completely fudged my way through accounting for the loft of the pillow. I quickly ripped out the seams and placed a band around the pillow top, but again, was guestimating. After sewing the last seam I realized now it was too loose. Making a gift the night before is not a good idea. I gave my mom the pillow anyway and explained that I’ll correct the mistake later. Problem is now, she loves that pillow she won’t part with it, so I can make the adjustment. I guess some mistakes are not meant to be taken out :)

  40. Kathy says:

    Hard to pick just one! Great to see all the different shapes – quilting outside the box!

  41. Sandi says:

    I have had more than one quilting adventure that has not gone quite right! The one that had the best outcome was a “group quilt” that had about 26 blocks and almost all made by different quilters. Only a few of the blocks measured the required block size. They couldn’t be trimmed so instead, I chose a sage green fabric and cut 1-1/2″ strips that I stitched around the edge of each block, then I trimmed them all to the same size. When the blocks were sewn together with the sashing, you couldn’t really tell that some were smaller than others!! My friend, Denise, did the machine quilting on it and then it was raffled as a fundraiser for our historical society. It was a beautiful quilt and thankfully the winner loved it and appreciated it as it didn’t raise enough money to cover the cost of the machine quilting if we had to pay for it. That’s the way it goes sometimes.
    The “Unusually shaped quilts” were so cool that it was hard to choose a favorite. Love this quilt pattern by Gail Pan. Keeping my fingers crossed that I will win. :-)

  42. Kathi I says:

    I love the weekly contests. It’s like going to a quilt show every week. Your sponsors give such awesome prizes too!

  43. Teje says:

    Vow – there is so many wonderful and unique quilts! It’s very difficult to choose one!
    Thank you for sharing and hosting!
    Sunny wishes! Teje

  44. Lindy Weber says:

    Embarrassing oops I made; Went at my Crabapple Hill snowman pattern to build the blocks. When I went to put together this one block there was NO WAY that a rectangle was in that block. I contacted the company by email. FANTASTICALLY good customer service gently suggested that many people build blocks in various ways… Dang! It really does help to read the instructions! :?}

  45. Margaret C says:

    What lovely BOMs and what gorgeous quilts !

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