Sunday, 8 May 2016

connections & comfort {a WiP}

I experimented with improv quilting a few weeks ago and I've been wanting to have another go ever since! There's lots of inspiration around, like the improv handbook for modern quilters'. I have also been finding inspiration from other quilters, in particular LeeAnn from niftyquilts, and this also looks really great - a Denyse Schmidt workshop on improvisational patchwork! Not something we can attend over here in NZ sadly.

This time around I'm using my fabric stash as much as I can
- I love the adventurous "restrictions" of this!

The other day I discovered a few little fat 1/8th bundles of very old plaids in the depths of the wardrobe so I'm popping these in too, along with a piece of very old Laura Ashley fabric my daughter rescued from the garage where she was living years ago - love mixing up the plaids with florals!

And to add just a bit more, for the first time I'm repurposing a few fabric items...

... including a few of Mr D's older shirts
{he is ok with my picks from the wardrobe, truly!}

Oh and, I've added in a few precious pieces, like this Shasta daisy one
and a small piece of silky blue plaid that I've had in my stash for some time now.

I think this is turning out to be similar to one of those cosy vintage utility quilts,
- all about connections & comfort!

And here's how it all looks up on the design wall today...

Linking up this week with Cynthia for 'oh scrap' here


  1. Your quilt makes me think about making my Scrap Vortex quilt which I finished earlier this year. It's definitely all about the fabric and the connections we've made with it over time. I like pops of orange that stand out to me in your last photo! And I love the florals and plaids together!

  2. Love this one-it is going to be so inviting when it is finished. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

  3. Thank you! While sewing this, I also started thinking about whether there really is an 'expiration' date on fabrics? I'm enjoying rummaging through some of my older stash - not a tidy process I must admit- and it feels good to make something useful with them.

  4. This definitely going to be a quilt that begs to be snuggled under! The Laura Ashley fabric is beautiful, and a wonderful garage find. Her death was vey sad and I haven't heard of a fabric range since then.


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