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Funky Wrench - Nuts & Bolts

February 23rd, 2012

My friend Jane recently asked me to participate in her Desperate Housewife’s Quilt project. 50 of Jane’s blocks, 50 from guest bloggers, and all over a period of 50 weeks - holy S-balls, that’s a 100 blocks!  I did not even hesitate to give her a big, fat yes.   Plus it got me off my bum and working on my modified Wrench block I did last summer in the Farmer’s Wife Quilt-a-long.

I’ve asked around, I’ve google’d… and I still have no clear idea what the difference is between a Churn Dash block and Wrench/Monkey Wrench block. Oh well, it’s a good excuse to give my version it’s own name, Funky Wrench.
Funky Wrench - Nuts & Bolts (blocks)

A very dear friend of mine sent me the most amazing gift - a bundle of Moda’s Half Moon Modern by MoMo. I love my friend and this fabric so much I weep little hearts from my eyes.
Funky Wrench - Nuts & Bolts (blocks)

All my favorite colors in whole world. So crisp, so clean and so happy.
Moda Fabics - Half Moon Modern by MoMo

I had shaky hands when I untied the twill tape and released the loveliness from it’s bundled pillar of happiness.
Funky Wrench - Nuts & Bolts (blocks)

I don’t know that I’ll ever tire of red and aqua. Both red & aqua and orange & aqua are so vintage + so modern. My favorite thing now is to have these combos have a ménage à trois with grey. [fanning myself feverishly]
Funky Wrench - Nuts & Bolts (blocks)
Funky Wrench - Nuts & Bolts (blocks)

Composing myself. Ok. I love charms. Love, love, LOVE them. And Funky Wrench uses four (5″) charms plus some white from a 3″ strip to make one Nut and one Bolt block. Two blocks, I love that! It’s like getting a free box of cereal inside a box of cereal.
Funky Wrench - Nuts & Bolts (blocks)

Layout is key, and working in a 9-patch is a must. All seams are a ¼”. Starting with the Nut block:
Funky Wrench - Nuts & Bolts (blocks)

Join units into rows, then join rows:
Funky Wrench - Nuts & Bolts (blocks)

Next, the Bolt block:
Funky Wrench - Nuts & Bolts (blocks)

Join units into rows, then join rows:
Funky Wrench - Nuts & Bolts (blocks)

Sometimes you feel like a Nut
Funky Wrench - Nuts & Bolts (blocks)

Sometimes you Bolt
Funky Wrench - Nuts & Bolts (blocks)

Turns out all the blocks in Jane’s series are 8″ finished. Mine are 6″ finished. Whoops. But hey, if you put Nut and Bolt together I think I may have over-achieved a little on the square inch-age. Maybe I can redeem myself and give bonus measurements. If I wasn’t so lazy I’d give yardage measurements too. But I’m too lazy.
Funky Wrench - Nuts & Bolts (blocks)

Bam! Bonus Half Moon Modern shot.
Funky Wrench - Nuts & Bolts (blocks)

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51 Responses

  1. The fabulous Janet Ann allegedly said:

    I LOVE the colors of this collection! and thank you for the nuts and bolt lesson! I think I’ll be cutting up a few of my charm packs today!!!

  2. The fabulous DianeP allegedly said:

    Wow! A whole rainbow in a pretty fabric stack! What a lovely collection of colors and patterns!

    Only Monica could imagine a Funky Wrench from all that pretty - yeah Monica!

  3. The fabulous Mary allegedly said:

    I love how you freshened this up. I love seeing people breathing new life into the old blocks…makes me feel like you are helping keep the history of quilting alive.

  4. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    You’re a frickin’ genius! Absolutely brilliant. And now I’m kicking myself for not getting that bundle when I could.

  5. The fabulous Cindy Sharp allegedly said:

    Love it.

    I don’t think there is a very formal definition of various quilt blocks and their names. Some blocks change their names depending on where you put the colors.

  6. The fabulous mean sarah jean allegedly said:

    Beautiful. I love it!

    The difference is the churn dash uses 2 colors (the corner triangles differ from the rods) and the wrench is all the same. I had the same problem when I was first seeing them both around. It was like playing the ‘these pictures are the same but with 5 differences, can you spot them’ game.
    Have a happy day!

  7. The fabulous randi allegedly said:

    very fun blocks! i love your cheery take on this layout!

    and half moon is a great collection. so bright, happy and fun!

  8. The fabulous Pam Fields allegedly said:

    I LOVE this block, especially with this fabric! Gorgeous! I pinned it already and can’t wait to give this a try. Thanks for the tutorial.

  9. The fabulous Tracy aka 3LittleBrds allegedly said:

    I might have to jump on board for this quilt a long!

  10. The fabulous Karen allegedly said:

    Oh my gosh! I love these, they are SO stinkin cute! Thanks for sharing!

  11. The fabulous pam allegedly said:

    Love them! So fun to have a nice generous friend! ??? you

  12. The fabulous Dianne allegedly said:

    SO pretty :)

  13. The fabulous Maria do Carmo Pezzuto allegedly said:

    A inveja é um dos pecadas capitais,certo? Eu estou agora com todos juntos.Lindos tecidos,ótimo post,obrigada.

  14. The fabulous Cherri allegedly said:

    Oh, Monica…you have done it once again! what colorfulness, cleverness, and organizednness…..lovelovelove it! I am always so happy when my blog reader shows a new Happy Zombie post.

  15. The fabulous Kathy Raabe allegedly said:

    These are beautiful!! Love the new colors with the old block. Makes it more interesting to the younger kids. Thanks for sharing.

  16. The fabulous Megan allegedly said:

    Love these so much! What a fabulous quilt they will make all together!

  17. The fabulous Ashley allegedly said:

    I thought the difference was that the churn dash had 9 equal sized blocks and the monkey wrench block had smaller cross bars and center. Does that make sense? BUT, I could be wrong. who knows?

  18. The fabulous starjumper allegedly said:

    i really love this design. i’m an engineer so the geeky mech side of this nut and bolt design sings to me… my SIL got me a geer quilt patten a while back that this reminds me of a little, in fact i think they’d be great together ;-) anyways, i love the colors, but i think some of the patterns got lost in the small piecing, which is a real shame because they’re so very cute!

  19. The fabulous VickiT allegedly said:

    Great blocks. I just love this fabric. The red and aqua are one of my favorite combinations. Beautiful blocks.

  20. The fabulous Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts allegedly said:

    this was such a happy and colorful post!!! In my mind (a scary place sometimes! hahaha) the difference between the Churn Dash and Monkey Wrench are the size of the strip/bar block things. Thank you for the measurements! I have to try this because it is my FAVORITE block! I never tire of it!!!

  21. The fabulous Renee allegedly said:

    You are indeed a lucky woman to receive such an awesome bundle of joy! Looks to me like you earned it with the awesome tutorial - I love those cheery nuts and bolts!

  22. The fabulous Heather allegedly said:

    I totally read the word wrench wrong when I was looking at the title of your post. Forgotting to read the “r”, totally changes it..lol! I love how colorful your wrench block is!

  23. The fabulous Krista - Poppyprint allegedly said:

    Fav blocks with an update only you could pull off. Love, love. And that is a hanky-worthy stack of fabric for sure!!!

  24. The fabulous karen allegedly said:

    Totally using your tutorial for an upcoming swap, love it + adore half moon modern

  25. The fabulous Kim allegedly said:

    Gorgeous Fabrics!

    Happy Sewing

  26. The fabulous Bridgette allegedly said:

    Bright, happy….END OF WINTER COLORS!

  27. The fabulous Lori Holt allegedly said:

    Wow Miss Monica!!!…
    I absolutely love nuts & bolts + half moon!!
    They are sew happy together…
    Just like you and me:)
    PS…I am just a little bit disappointed that you did not do the math for a 96″ block…lol

  28. The fabulous ina allegedly said:

    lol, a 48″ block??!! Holy, moly! That would be fun to make to piece into the backing fabric. ;p

    Those fabrics are to DIE for…swoon, swoon. I’m in love with Momo! ;p

  29. The fabulous Allison allegedly said:

    haha! I love the bonus measurements for the 48″ block! I think I need to make a quilt with those just because it sounds so fun :)

  30. The fabulous Amy allegedly said:

    Well, Monica, you have definitely fixed my wagon! A nut and bolt is just what I needed to get her rolling. Thanks!

  31. The fabulous Robin allegedly said:

    This my FAVORITE block!!! Love it!

  32. The fabulous Pat V. allegedly said:

    I love how these two blocks are made from four charms squares. I’ve been wanting to do something different with those dad-blame things; this is just the ticket! Thanks so much for sharing your lovely idea!

  33. The fabulous traci allegedly said:

    What a lovely wee tutorial…. Wish I had the time…. BUT defo book marked I have some of this collection in my stash, but I love it so much I’ve never put scissors near it!!! :)

  34. The fabulous Kristyne allegedly said:

    Sweetie, I love how you make me laugh! For reals. :) And I love the things you make. That name tag? Crap. Now I gotta make me one too. Monkey wrench see, monkey wrench do … ! LOL!!! Thanks for being/blogging you.

    big hugs

  35. The fabulous AnnieO allegedly said:

    You are hilarious, as always, and ever so clever, as always, and so generous, as always. Thanks for the Funky Wrench tutorial, I have clicked to save to my favorites. Churn Dash is a classic block I love and I appreciate your unlazy MATH to help us math-challenged folks. Hugs!

  36. The fabulous Taya@TypeB allegedly said:

    Super fantastic! Great blocks, great fabric line! Bookmarking now!

  37. The fabulous Quiltjane allegedly said:

    Thank you so much Monica for joining in the fun of the DHWQ. I love your blocks and would kill to get a FQ pack of Half moon to play with. Jane :)

  38. The fabulous Sarah allegedly said:

    This looks so much brighter than it does on the websites that they are selling it. I like this so much better! Great squares!

  39. The fabulous Mare allegedly said:

    Red and aqua are the cats pajamas for me!!! J’aime!!!!

  40. The fabulous Christina allegedly said:

    It’s beautiful! I love that you calculated out those giant blocks. I love things on a giant scale.

    I did a block for the Desperate Housewife’s Quilt and the 8 inch thing totally threw me. Need things divisible by 3!! aughhh!!!! Whatever, we can throw a border on it!

  41. The fabulous Joy allegedly said:

    Oh I wish your friend is my friend :) awesome bundle and love the blocks.

  42. The fabulous Karin allegedly said:

    Lucky girl, love Half Moon Modern! Thanks for the Nut and Bolt tutorial- they are super cute blocks! As always, you rock. :)

  43. The fabulous Erika allegedly said:

    I REALLY L O V E that fabric.

  44. The fabulous Loretta allegedly said:

    Love the moda fabrics ~ I think the scissor print is my favorite!

  45. The fabulous Tammy allegedly said:

    I love your sence of humor, you make me laugh everytime I read your blog, just because you say exactly what’s on your mind, there are not to many people that can do that. Your other most impressive quailty is your ability to take a stack of fabric and make and share info with all those who chose to read. And last I just love your blog, your layout and your
    graphics no wonder your fabric lines are so amazing. If your are going to Spring Market I am total stalking you until I meet you, don’t call the coppers

    Keep up the great work, and I will keep reading and laughing

  46. The fabulous NOTyourrunofthemill allegedly said:

    Dare you to say Funky Wrench three times… fast! Watch out!

  47. The fabulous Marie Hall allegedly said:

    Love the fabric and your easy pattern.

    Thank you!

  48. The fabulous Mary Ellen Kinkel allegedly said:

    Funky Wrench is taking over my life! first I made 2 6″ blocks…charm square and white, then another pair with different colors…okay put the 4 together and they are the size of a 12″ block…hm…put the 4 in the middle with 12″ blocks around…its a baby blanket! now I am working on combining the 6inch, 12 inch and 18 inch in one quilt…..it never ends…. but THANK YOU for the multiple size cutting instructions!

  49. The fabulous Stephanieeeee allegedly said:

    Found this on Pinterest - love the idea of a 48″ block - one for the front, one for the back of a baby quilt? Thanks for the tutorial! :)

  50. The fabulous Ivy allegedly said:

    Wow, thank you for the block and that cool table for different sizes! :)

  51. The fabulous Teje allegedly said:

    Thank you for a great tutorial and the most beautiful fabric photos!

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