Whimsical & Wonky

An Island Batik Adventure

The December Island Batik challenge is Whimsical & Wonky.  This had me thinking, browsing the computer, looking through my quilting books and sketching ideas.  I finally chose a nine-patch. You make two nine-patches, cut a diagonal curve, then sew together. I was going to do a green bottom going diagonally to the top then a blue on the other side. Hmmm. Plans change!

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I decided to do it more as a landscape and then do fun and wonky appliqued wool felt and batik fabric flowers with embroidery and beads. See how it’s getting more complex? Even better – when the background was together, I quilted it before doing any applique. Something was wrong; something was missing. This quilt needed borders! Yes, that’s right, I added borders after quilting it. And as if this wasn’t complex enough, I wanted to match border colors to the background!

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So very glad I did.  It was very worth the effort.  The flowers just sort of emerged as I went and adding embroidery and beads is always a fun time for me.

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And yes, the binding matches in color also. No quick finish here. The result?  I love my Whimsical Wonky Garden!


Whimsical, Wonky Garden     29″ x 34″

Thank you to Island Batik for providing the batik fabrics and Aurifil for the thread used for piecing and quilting.

One more Island Batik Adventure – a blog hop in January!

Linking up with Moving it Forward

6 responses »

  1. Brenda @ Songbird Designs

    Love it!! Great job!

  2. Delightful! Perfect for the challenge!

  3. Lots of hours devoted to stitching this! I love your flowers, and wow on your binding! 🙂

  4. Joyce…you get a WOW and an AMAZING! I think it fills the bill…Whimsical & Wonky! So Cute Linda C

    Sent from my iPad


  5. I think it was well worth the effort for everything but especially the borders. They add a nice frame to the quilt. The whimsical flowers are so much fun. I love adding embroidery and beads to little art quilts. Thank you for sharing your process as you made your wonky and whimsical mini piece of art.

  6. What a fun quilt, very clever, bright, and just adorable


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