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Nov 13, 2010

Letting Go..... And Embracing Your Inner Wonk

Nov 13, 2010
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Have you ever had palm sweat right before cutting fabric and squaring up your blocks?

That is what's been going on here today as this engineer goes wonky for the first time.


I like right angles, formulas, calculations and black and white answers.  That's why quilting works for me.

  *sigh*  But part of my journey here is to reconnect with my artist self.  So although optional in That Quilt Along, I will wonk!  Got to try something new, right?? 

(BTW, is wonk a verb in quilting vocab??  I'm making it one, kinda like when someone says "So-and-so "facebooked" me...")

First thing I did was go buy the 10" square ruler/grid Jennifer said we shouldn't run out and buy.


I knew there could be no wonky for me without the comfort of those grid marks telling me it would be ok.

After a few blocks, I got the hang of it, knowing I was still creating a 9" square - just not everything inside would be perpendicular.  For now, I'm ok. 

We'll see how I feel about this after sewing the blocks together...
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16 comments:

  1. *wonk*
    Go you! They look really good! This will be my first time wonking up some squares also - so you're not the only one taking a leap. We can be in this adventure together! :D

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  2. I haven't read her post for this week yet because I am still working on last week! I did make some progress today...I have the first two sides of the second round sewn on my 40 blocks...now I have to do the last two!

    I love reading about your challenges...I think I'll be good making them wonky...cause I love the wonky things I've seen on so many blogs...I'm excited! I do think I might need that square though...hmm....thinking!!! =)

    Your blocks look great!

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  3. You are cracking me up! I haven't attempted wonky yet myself. I too love the comfort of those gridlines. Hope you attempt at connectingto your inner wonk is a good one!

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  4. I now feel the need to use the word "wonk" on a regular basis, thank you!

    I haven't gotten to wonking my blocks yet, but fully intend to, even if it means letting go of my inner perfectionist. And I fully intend to head to Jo-Ann's tomorrow to buy myself a 10" ruler, which has been on my to buy list for a while now. I'm right there with you, those gridlines will make me feel a lot better about cutting wonky!

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  5. Phew! Glad you are OK!

    I like math, formulas, and numbers too so using a ruler to create the look is still safe for me.

    Your blocks look great, BTW...

    Jennifer :)

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  6. Wonky rocks. This way you can make a mistake and no one will know because it's meant to look that way... if that made any sense.

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  7. Love your pile! I live with an engineer and can appreciate your black/white outlook on quilting - he is so black/white about everything.
    First time "wonking" for me too, but first I've got to buy that ruler...Haha!

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  8. I haven't started her quilt along yet since I don't have time right now. When I read today about the wonky squares, I thought "what! I am afraid." Then I read further and you don't have to wonk out your squares if you don't want to.

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  9. Enjoy the wonk! I'm sure it'll be fun to have the squares dancing around.

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  10. I support your desire to wonk and will watch with fascination... I am not strong enough myself to wonk anything... I am just too attached to right angles. :(

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  11. Hah! I'm an engineer too, so I also had to go out and buy the ruler to allow wonkiness.

    I was debating buying a triangle ruler and ended up getting into a disagreement with the sales person over why it would or wouldn't work for squares. It was a silly thing where I proved my theory by placing two triangles on top of the square. Seriously do not mess with a quilting engineer!

    I went with the square because it reduced the potential for user error.

    Thought you'd enjoy this: My word verification word is WINKESS. That's a little wonky, eh?

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  12. My 10" squares are all finished, but I can't bring myself to wonky them -- silly me, but I'm not that brave.

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  13. i love the word wonky.
    "embracing your inner wonk" -- haha! too funny :)

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  14. and yes -- if "to facebook" can be a verb then "to wonk" certainly is :)

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  15. I'm just at the squaring up / wonking stage (I'm sure wonking is not a word). I love right angles too and I've never wonked before so I'm pretty nervous, but I'm going to make myself too. Wish me luck :)

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