20 April, 2009

Improv Sampler - Building Blocks

If I wasn't so anxious to get to quilting while both the little ones are done I would figure out how to get all four of these photos as one image.  Oh, and I could have cropped them a little. No big whoop.  The truth is that I forgot to take photos of these blocks before I put the quilt top together. They are now in with the others, awaiting the border.  

And yes, I am adding borders to this quilt.  It's not normal for me and it isn't normal for most improvisational style quilts.  But I am using this quilt as a teaching sample.  Going in to traditional shops I thought I should try to pay homage to more traditional quilt construction. Perhaps that will make it less scary for people?  Change is often feared, and improv style construction is new and different.  But I'm hoping the sunny colours will draw people in and curiosity, at least, will get the better of most!

These blocks are true improvisations.  I started with the scraps from the other blocks and just started sewing pieces together.  As I got going I could see some different opportunities, so you see 4 very different blocks.  All of them were made at the same time, with the same scraps.   And such different results.  I love them all.  I'm really tempted to do an all strippy quilt now. Nothing but rows and rows of scrappy stripes.  Hmm, this whole process is giving me so many more ideas.  

Either I have to give up sleep or I need the girls to sleep a heck of a lot more!  That being said, we are having a gorgeous day and we've already been to the park.  A soccer game in front of the house is on the agenda for later.  As long as I keep them away from my nose.  Oh, did I mention I broke my nose last week?  Fun times.  Yeah, I'm off to sew and ignore everything else!


Exuberant Color said...

I like your blocks. It is hard to get some people to loosen up to make this kind of block. They think there is a rule which piece comes next and how big it should be and can't be adverturesome. I hope you have some luck teaching it.

Victoria said...

This is going to look fabulous!

amandajean said...

you broke your nose last week? you poor poor thing! (mom's shouldn't be allowed to break things, either.) :)

Carlotta said...

I love your blocks. I have been wanting to do some improv work since I started quilting. Mostly beceause I like to sew without rules. I will be following your blog to get more lessons. Thanks
~Tootles for now!

jacquie said...

you broke your nose...yikes! how in the world did that happen?