In the beginning of 2013 I started designing foundation paper piecing patterns. My stash was kind of limited at that time, so my test blocks were made with all the same fabric. It left me with several block in a similar orange-brown color way, cute, pretty… but they were still in my cupboard since 2013…
This year I have set myself a task to finish my old abandoned projects, or give at least give them to another quilter. So far I have been able to finish a few projects and they have left the house already! Some projects were just an idea based on some left over blocks like my test blocks… which then turned in completely new projects… HA HA HA! How I manage to get myself into trouble!
Three leftover test blocks are suddenly turning into a large wall improv quilt for my living room. At the moment I am interested in learning more quilt techniques and improv quilting was on my wish list. So I am doing my best with this first big improv quilt!
I bought a couple of books on the topic and so far I am following the chapters in ‘The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters’ by Sherri Lynn Wood. Sherri explained how to use patterned fabrics and solids together in one project.
The fabrics from my stash were cut up in various random widths and sewn alternately (solid and patterned). Its was very liberation just to cut up part of my stash and start sewing without a more detailed plan than to sew the strings together.
I used all kind of orange, burgundy and brown fabrics with some grey and light blue accents. Some of these fabric even date from 2013 too! Happy to use them up as my taste in fabrics has changed a bit.
When looking at the first picture in this blog post, you might see that the stars really stand out because of their different shapes compared to the vertical and horizontal stripes. I decided to have the pointy shapes of the stars be repeated in the quilt, so I put large triangles in.
Filling more gaps and moving some parts around…
At this moment this quilt is still in parts because I feel it is not finished yet. New fabrics have arrived as I ran out of my solids and the quilt needs to get a bit wider for the wall it is destined for.
I am still undecided about the single large vertical piece of patterned fabric with the birds on it. I feel it adds the necessay white accents that one of the star blocks also has. What do you think? Leave it in, take it out?
Is it the quilt too structured? Do you think I should take the star blocks out and just work with the improv elements?
Improv is hard on the brain, you know, ha ha!