Lately, I’ve had a lot of small projects to check off my list: mug rugs, single quilt blocks, craft sale items. So I was looking for a simple, easy pattern that would work for all these things. Enter the wonky star.
I’ve seen this pattern around for a long time but never had a chance to try it. So I did a quick search online for a tutorial and came up with this one from The Silly BooDilly and combined it with another tutorial to get a block that is about 9 inches square.
The first wonky star I made was for the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild’s Quilts of Valor quilt. We were all asked to make a red, white and blue block that measured between 8 and 12 inches and featured some sort of star.
I ended up re-doing several of the pieces of this block for two reasons: 1. I was having a hard time keeping all the background pieces going in the same direction (darn my visual spatial issues) and 2. I made some of the wonkiness too wonky and the points would get cut off when the block was pieced with other ones. Also, as an aside, it turns out I have very little red and white fabric and only some blue—it made making a patriot block a bit tough.
Next, I decided to go a little less challenging. This time, in a mug rug that I’ll include in a craft sale for the CMQG, I went with a solid background, solid center and some Kaffe Fassett fabric for the punch. Because the center is solid and needed something a little extra, I tried my hand at quilting a square spiral design.
The final mug rug I wanted to make was for my sister Carrie for an auction to benefit a library organization she is a member of. Having some nice success with the solids, I decided to try a patterned background again, using the comma fabric I had used in the first mug rug I made for her. I think this one is my favorite. I really like the subtle colors and then the pop of orange in the binding.