A group blog for working on UnRuly Quilting projects and most especially UnRuly Letters. What is UnRuly? Liberated, wonky, improvisational, mis-matched, points cut off FUN.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

So Sew!

So I finally sewed the word sew in bright colours for Carol's birthday quilt. The first hard part of this exercise was remembering I had promised to do this (sorry, Carol!). The second challenge will be getting this into the mail this week. I hope it isn't too late!

Starry Starry Night

A finish of a longterm project :-)
Unruly components:  letters. sashing and border ( made from different shades of blue and black and yellow out of my stash )
More about it here


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Virtues Quilt

Honesty 48" x 52"

I pulled out some of my "virtues" words--I only made 7 
out of the 52 I had planned to make--anyway...  

This quilt happened today with leftover parts from old projects.  

Sunday, September 2, 2012

introducing myself

hello, my name is Cher and I have been a liberated quilter for many years...I took a long break from blogging and quilting but I am now back full steam and was happy to be able to join this group.  I am finishing up a baby quilt for my grandson, Max and by this time tomorrow I should have photos on my blog to share.
The link to my blog is marathonquilter.  

Please Send Me a Verb

I hope it's OK to beg for blocks... this month I'm turning 60 (eek!) and in celebration I decided to aim for making a big quilt of words -- verbs, to be exact. If you want to, would you be willing to send me a verb? I want them, like these examples, done in brights on black OR black on brights. Both ways would be fine and dandy. I have come up with a list of verbs that I would like on my quilt. You could pick one off my list and make it and send it to me.... IF YOU WANT TO. You could make up a verb of your own, too, if you think of a good, positive one. It could be any size. I plan to keep working away on words and hope to have this quilt done in time for my 61st birthday, but if it can be done more quickly, hey! Bonus!
Adore, Befriend, Care, Cherish, Create, Design, Discover, Draw, Dream, Eat, Engage, Explore, Feel, Find, Give, Hug, Joke, Jump, Kiss, Knit, Laugh, Listen, Look, Love, Nurture, Observe, Play, Ponder, Quilt, Read, See, Sew, Share, Sing, Sleep, Smile, Talk, Think, Travel, Walk, Worship, Write I'm picturing some of these made with their own fabrics, like Eat could be made using food fabrics. If I get duplicates, that's no problem. For example, you just can't say "read" too many times. If you want to play along and share a block with me, cool. If not, that's cool, too. I plan to have fun making verbs this year... a good way to celebrate turning 60.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Blocks for Pokey's Quilt

I whipped up these blocks last night for Pokey's Quilt.  Looks like Malti's grieving too!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Music is Magic

The fabric colours don't show up to well. I'll take some more photos of the words soon.

Update: You can see the quilt next it here

Monday, June 25, 2012


In July there will be at least 3 AAQI quilts for auction made by members of this group ! Brenda and Sujata's quilts are in there and I'm so happy my liberated 9-patch is there too.
If you're interested:  http://www.alzquilts.org/quiltauction.html

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Amish Strings is Finished!

Amish Strings is part of the
Liberated Amish Get Together 2012
and features lots of
Anna Williams-inspired UnRuly HSTs.

Come on over to my blog to see more photos!


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Liberated and Loving It

I finally finished the quilt I started last year in a class with Gwen Marston on Liberated Log Cabins.

Lib Logs (and Prosper)
31.5 inches square

This was so fun to make, and I love the way it came out.  I had a few blocks from the class and made more.  Then I saw that Gwen was coming out with a new book on Liberated Medallion quilts, so I decided to put the blocks into a medallion setting.  Well, a liberated medallion, as it's not really symmetrical. I was truly improvisational on this quilt, and I can't wait to do more!

To see more, go to my blog.  

Happy quilting!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Stretching the Scraps

Earlier, I showed a picture of the scrappy purple blocks in progress.  Tonight the borders went on.  A plain border would have been boring, but it was kind of a challenge to put any kind of border together with what I had left.  ALL of the purples used were already on hand and I was not about to start cutting new fabric at this point in the process.  (I would have had a little more to work with if I hadn't taken that side trip to piece the "purple haze" letters - still in progress.)


Thursday, May 17, 2012

More Purple

Tonya!  Just look what happened last night after I got the little purple blocks finished!
ha ha ha ha .....

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

(Purple) Work in Progress

Wow, this is fun!  I zig-zagged squares on top of squares.  
I whacked them up, mixed up the pieces and sewed everything back together.
I was just playing around when I made these six blocks, but I like them so well that I'm working on six more.  That will make enough for a nice sized lap quilt.  Not like me at all.  Raw edges!!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Liberated 9-Patch

It's finished and registrated. Now I have to wait for the number and then I will send it in May.
I removed the stitching in the small nine-patches and replaced it with new stitching with  embroidery floss. Then I added the circles in the purple patches , now I think it's way better. Thank you for your suggestions !

Making small quilts is fun, this won't be the last one :-)

Sunday, April 1, 2012


Sometimes I feel like I lead a double life ... I started out making very traditional quilts with very matched points and corners.  Sometimes I still do that, when necessary!

This small quilt 12" x 30" was made in response to a guild challenge "I am ____".  Well, I don't know what 2011 was like for the rest of you, but we had a series of disasters including hurricane damage, home break-ins and more.  It was pretty easy to decide that I was feeling SHATTERED.  I've enjoyed making Tonya's crooked letters ever since I found them on Bonnie Hunter's blog and of course I am now the proud owner of my own copy of Word Play Quilts!  (Before you worry too much about my mental health, also understand that I am a HUGE Stones fan.)

The real fun began when I quilted this piece.  I had already decided to try some sort of free form quilting when I ran across additional information and inspiration on a blog called iHanna.  No hoop, no marking, no pattern;  I had a grand time and will quilt more like this in the future.  I used both pearl cotton and DMC floss to get all the colors I wanted.

Does it need more stitching ?

So this is it, my very big quilt  ;-)   Ready to be bound  or maybe... should I add more stitching ?
This one will be donated to the AAQI.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

My Amish Challenge So Far

I chose this quilt for my challenge, because it is a real challenge for me. I have never been crazy about the bow tie block, so we'll see if I can come up with something that I like.

I have made a few blocks so far. I will do more and then get more firmly planted in my mind what I plan to do with them. To be continued.

-- carol e.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Et Voila!

It's changed direction again!

I might add another border, probably including more triangles, but I'm a bit busy with other things at the moment so it will have to wait.

Thanks Ton - this one has been a real challenge and ended up nothing like the original!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

On to the Next Round

Thanks for the advice re the border. As you can see I decided to go for red.

The 9 patches on the left are hand dyes given to me by a quilting friend. Unfortunately there were only 6. The block top right is made up of tiny, tiny squares I received in a swap.

I'm thinking of using the hand dyes for the next border, as per the photo, and adding some more red on the right.

I'll then switch over for the next round with the tiny squares on the right and more red on the left, but I may  not get that far!

I know it's not at all similar to the original quilt design, but this seems to be gaining some sort of momentum and I like the way its going.

Amish Strings - the flimsy

The flimsy measures 60" x 72" . . .

I'm so happy with the rows of liberated (UnRuly) HSTs!

Thanks, Tonya for the challenge!

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You can see more photos of the flimsy on my blog.


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Centre Block Done

I'm in a bit of a quandary about the border though. Not too sure which colours to use. Black would make the dark purples on the edge disappear, as would a dark blue. I was thinking perhaps yellow, but there is too much of that in the block and red would make the red top left disappear too.

Any ideas?

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Amish String Quilt - An Update

I've been stitching pink strings . . .

And I've been stitching purple strings . . . 

The goal?

Ten 20-inch-long strata for my liberated Amish strings quilt.
(click here to see my 'inspiration' post)

The pinks/purples form the first of two color groups ~
the alternate set (greens and golds) will be ready for photos soon.

Here you can see where I used some of those liberated HSTs.

I love the dynamic use of triangles in so many of the Amish quilts ~
hence a liberated arrangement of HSTs as the center rows in my strata.

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Come on over to my main blog to see how these look trimmed into blocks!


Saturday, February 18, 2012

Friday, February 17, 2012

A long overdue finish from two or three challenges ago

Advice from Home, 56 by 60 inches
free-pieced letters and houses
machine quilted

Some of you may remember this quilt made for Tonya's earlier class blog.
I finished the top back then
but had trouble getting the quilting finished.
Now it's officially done and gifted
and I thought I would share it with you here,
even though it's not Amish.
It is wonky, though.

Some quilts just need a little breathing space
and growing room.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Which colour ?

In real I like the red one best, when I look at the photos I prefer the green background .

Decision time

I borrowed a lovely hard copy of "Amish Abstractions" from the library and I have been pouring over the pages. Now is decision time - which of these do I use for my inspiration?

I think I will have to dig thru my fabric and see which one will work with my hand dyes I have on hand.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Time To Begin . . .

Photo courtesy of Google Images

For many years, 
we lived in Elkhart, Indiana,
near the Amish communities of 
Shipshewana, Middlebury, and Nappanee.

Driving from point A to point B almost always involved
passing by neatly tended Amish farms 
and/or Amish families walking or traveling in their buggies.

Photo courtesy of Google Images
While most people think of darker-colored adult Amish clothing,
we were accustomed to the brighter colors 
many Amish children wore.

Those are the colors I went looking for in my stash.

These are the fabrics that I have pulled.

I spent hours (and hours!) trying to decide 
which quilt I wanted to single out as my inspiration.

You can't see all the sticky notes ~ I cropped off that edge.
(there are a LOT of them)

In the end, I have settled on this quilt.

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I am also participating in Brenda's String Thing Along,
and my liberated version of the Roman Stripe quilt above
will absolutely feature LOTS of strings.

I'll be posting here and there as well as on my own blog.
(linking back and forth as best I can)

* * *

Thanks, Tonya for this challenge!!

I am SO ready to begin!


Friday, February 10, 2012

Joining the Lib Am Challenge!

I'm dreadful at posting, but I am brimming over with ideas for this Challenge as I adore Amish Abstractions. Hardly a week goes passed without me looking at the book and drooling over the quilts.

I'm currently gathering ideas for another Lib Amish Quilt.

This is my first one which I'm still hand quilting

S is for Stripes or Strings
which is based on Roman Stripes.

For my second quilt, I'm hoping to do this one.

I'm thinking a combination of strings and blocks. I have some lovely orphans and have just received some tiny tiny solid squares - I'm talking 1" maximum!

I'll be back soon when I've got the centre done.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Here is a UFO, that has been hanging around for a while. My goal is to finish it and make a duplicate in loud, bright, more abstract fabrics; maybe on the back side. "Reverseeble", inside family joke on things being reversible.

Oh My Stars!!

Here's where I'm up to with my Liberated Amish quilt....

It's pretty busy for an Amish quilt, so I might have to ponder more about the Amish challenge and see if I can come up with another quilt. But as scrappy liberated star quilts go I'm really happy with it.
At the moment it's 50 x 60 inches. I'm not sure whether I'll add borders or just leave it as is. I don't want to go too much wider because I've got a wall space for it. Maybe a border along one side and the bottom? I did wonder about piecing the year along the bottom or the words "Happy Star". I'll let it stew a while longer on my design wall and see how it goes.

Happy UnRuly Quilting to everyone!!

Monday, February 6, 2012

I am going to join the fun!

I can't wait to start plannning on my Amish Gee's Bendie Unruly quilt! Here is a Gee's Bend style baby quilt I just finished. Now I need to think more Amish!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Playing in the snow

thanks Tonya for challenging us again :-)

Though I have far too many UFO's and WIP's and whatever you want to call them, I want to play along.
But I've decided to work small this time, maybe I can stay within the limits of an AAI-Quilt. We'll see.

Here's my inspiration quilt:  http://www.pbase.com/brownsf/image/85043435
and another one from the last challenge: http://lazygallibamish2010.blogspot.com/2011/12/finished.html

So maybe I will just make one double nine patch and here's a small start: