I posted a listing on my Etsy site (listed here) of a Signature wall quilt I had made for my aunt and uncle’s 50th anniversary party.
Each block has an open space for a signature of the party attendees to sign with a permanent marker. I decided I could make them in custom designs for customers, and I’m pleased to say I have 2 on order to make.
The first customer is giving this to her daughter for college graduation. Her favorite colors are teal and blue, and the customer wanted input into the fabric choices. This meant visiting fabric stores (Not a problem!) and photographing fabrics I thought she would like. With each message containing feedback, I understood her style more and more.
Finally, choices are made, fabric is purchased, and the fun begins! Each block is 3×3 inches finished, and each corner of color starts as a 2×2 inch cut square. I place a color square in a corner and start sewing on the diagonal across that square. Then I simply feed the next one through without breaking the thread. This is called chain piecing or assembly-line sewing, and it is easy and mindless work. I sometimes solve world problems while chain piecing, and sometimes just sing along to the radio.
After every square has one color corner, I sew a second color block to the opposite corner. More mindless sewing. I am careful not to have the same fabric design on both corners.
Because I hate waste, I then sew a second seam 1/4 inch from the first, toward the outside. If I’m going to cut off the corner, and it results in 2 triangle pieces, they may as well be already sewn into a tiny half-square triangle.
Sew…I mean so, with a little less than 2 hours of work, I have cut 42 white squares, more than 90 color squares (always have extra!), and sewn everything I mentioned already. I only needed 39 squares for the wall quilt, but it’s a good idea to have extra. I will try not to have any one fabric repeated close together, and I can grab one of the extras if needed. I already said I hate waste – the extra blocks will become mug rugs, or a hotpad, or a phone case, or an eyeglass case…or a future project I haven’t thought of yet.
I’ve heard this design called a Wonky Star. The first time I used this block design was in a full-size quilt for my son, using grey and blue. The layout was different, and made an interesting quilt.
2004 – Full-size bed quilt for Chad
The anniversary quilt was the 2nd time, and these custom quilts are numbers 3 and 4. I plan to regularly show my progress on the custom quilts.