Thursday, June 09, 2011

Askew Squares.

When I was sewing squares for my Rainbow Squares Quilt recently, I sewed a few extra for an idea I had. I'm sure it has been done somewhere before in flickr or blogland, but this is something I thought of while sewing all those squares, sort of a wonky Bento Box but all the Bento's coming from a different box. I don't know what to call it. I've just spent the last 20 minutes googling other words for wonky and square. How about Askew Squares? I've had the idea since the start of the year to make a blue and green quilt for friends who have left town, green to symbolize where they used to live, and blue to symbolize living by the ocean where they are now based.

So I took 9 squares, sliced them into quarters....

Then rearranged them back together in pairs and sewed them back into a square. Maybe next time instead of cutting them into quarters, it could be cut on another angle? Possibilities!

Then wolah, 9 new different blocks trimmed down to 13 inches.

I decided to sash it with white and wolah, lap sized quilt top finished. Milly came in as I was loading this picture and I asked her "What does this quilt look like to you?" Her answer, "A square quilt that looks like green patchy grass and blue sky." Which is perfect.

13 comments:

Wendy said...

It's turned out really lovely! And yes, it does make me think of the countryside and the sea! Could it be called an Offset Bento Box or is that too mathmatical?

Me aka Supermom said...

Absolutely LOVE it!

Rachel said...

Gorgeous!

I would like to know what it's called too. this exactly the kind of thing I want to do with the set of spotty fabric I bought relatively recently.

Shari said...

Wow! This is great! I've not seen it done like this before - very very effective. Your friends are really going to love it. I'm going to book mark this post. You're getting the credit for this one.

Meredith said...

I love, love, LOVE it! Really gorgeous. Well done you.

piecemealquilts said...

It's very pretty, and I agree - it looks like patches of sky and grass! Why don't you just flip the words around and call it Squares Askew? It flows just a little better.

carol said...

You could have mixed the blues with the greens too. That would have put a different spin in it altogether!

Poppyprint said...

I love it! Especially the argyly pattern that runs diagonally through the middle of the squares. It's a fabulous quilt, Helen.

Jackie @ craftonmymind said...

I love it! I keep having to look at it again - I can see some squares being manufactured, deconstructed and spliced together over here sometime.

Kate said...

That looks like so much fun!

KateKwiltz said...

Beautiful!

You could always call it "Can I Askew a Question?" :)

mainer said...

Like it! Good idea!

mona noerhave said...

Wow I love what I see, all your colors/ designs and so