Sunday, 3 April 2016

a touch of improv


Nothing like a bit of retail therapy to get inspired!







I initially didn't have any plans for my 3 new fabrics- a pretty Riley Blake floral and a couple of matching geometrics. I was simply going fold them up nicely and look at them sitting all pretty on the shelf for a bit. But instead, I began to pull out some scrappy bits of fabrics from my stash, ones that blended, ones that highlighted... and suddenly, I got totally carried away trying out a bit of improv sewing!




I've had a picture of an Amy Butler quilt pinned up on my noticeboard for a little while now, colourful & energetic, made using an eclectic mix of fabrics, just the sort of quilt that I love! There were no measurements or pattern. Feeling creative apprehensive brave, I had a little play, my quick unpick on standby! I started out small, making a little centre section, and then made bigger components as I progressed outwards.

Here's a few progress pics taken over a few days...











my favourite tool has to be my 'design floor'
... I still see a few gaps... now where did I put that initial little centre section...












A fun challenge, making up sections, and finding a way to put them together. It wasn't what you would call' free form' improv, as I did use a ruler, rotary cutter, and I measured each completed strip as I went, to make sure I was keeping within my self-made boundaries.

And of course, things certainly changed along the way, but here is what I ended up with
... h-m-m- what do I call it?
... maybe 'my moderne utility quilt'?



Linking up this week to:
 'oh scrap' here
to 'sew can she' over here
 to #brave quilter here
and to Needle & Thread Thursday here

a bit more #46
*EDIT: just spotted this
Improvisation category from the QuiltCon 2016 exhibitions
part 1 here, and pop over here for part 2
Such a stunning range of styles!


19 comments:

  1. I think you call it 'lovely', as it's quite nice.

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  2. It is very lovely, and turned out so harmonious. Hope you are free sometime to bring it along to one of our meetings.

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    1. Thanx Heather. It was actually lots of fun to make – never mind that we had to step around it, with it all spread out on the family room floor, for several days!
      Decisions take time, yes?

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  3. Love it!! I have the blue and orange Loominous in my collection and have been pondering how i would actually fit into a quilt - beautifully is the answer after seeing this photo!

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    1. Thank you Maureen! It's a lovely fabric, heaps of potential!
      In the end, I decided to use it to help the colour flow from one area to another, especially with the orange highlights in some places.

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  4. A very pretty quilt. I like that Riley Blake floral - do you have the name of it?

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    1. Thanx Julie. Yes, it's Chatsworth Cream Main, Emily Taylor Design for Riley Blake Designs.

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  5. I love how you rustle up a new quilt so quickly! This looks really pretty.

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  6. Well, you could call it "Fun", because that's what it looks like from here!

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  7. The time you took at decision making paid off well. You have a wonderful flow of color and print. My favorite feature is the diamond repeat supplemented by the flying geese. claire aka knitnkwilt

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  8. Lovely result! The mix of colors and tones is just perfect. And to think it was unplanned! Wow.

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  9. The Riley Blake floral is so pretty, and I love the other fabrics that you put with it, too! Looks like you were very inspired!

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  10. Very fun! I love the colors and fabrics. So glad you shared with Oh Scrap!

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  11. This has worked so well! I love the mix of floral fabrics with the big check - an inspired combination, and the bits of dark red hold everything together. I like to work by making sections and then seeing how they fit together too.

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  12. I'm enjoying how you're using some of the bigger floral prints with plaids, solids, and low volume fabrics. Not an easy recipe, but I think they all play together nicely here. I can imagine an evening covered up with this beauty. Lots to look at, and I'm sure a joy to sew with so much color and pattern.

    Thank you for linking up with #BraveQuilter, Linda.

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  13. Love it, Linda!! It looks fabulous and what fun you've had. Go girl!!

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  14. So interesting! Love how you put this together, piece by piece!

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  15. If you all saw all those sitting in a pile, you wouldn't think that they would go together! It looks like you had lots of fun putting it together.

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  16. Wow, love it ! piecing & fabrics +++

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