A Quilty Revelation
I AM NOT AN IMPROV QUILTER!
Above is the original design that was my inspiration and below is the finished quilt.
I wanted to challenge myself and try improvisational piecing and set out to do a project that I could handle as well as enjoy. During one of my many graphic art searches I stumbled onto a design by Ashley Goldberg, 0440a, and thought it would be fun to recreate the design as an improv quilt. I know it's kind of an oxymoron to use a "pattern" to improv piece but I wanted a good jumping off point.
|Ashley Goldberg's 0440a|
|0440a Improv Quilt|
Even though my brain was going to explode by the end of this project I think the finished quilt caught the spirit of the original design using fabric to mimic the strokes of Ashley Goldberg's design.
I fell back into my comfort zone by choosing a Cotton and Steel fabric for the backing.
|0440a Improv Quilt Back|
When I began quilting this I was really going out on a limb. I typically mark my quilts with a ruler all over but this time I just started quilting. I wanted to mimic doodles which I think it does but just because it looks like doodles doesn't mean I am in love with the outcome. It's simply not the way I design, piece or quilt my quilts.
With all that said I'm glad I challenged myself. Which leads me to my next topic, the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club by Lucky Spools. It's $5 a month or $50 a year. Instead of the typical block of the month club it's a skill building club. January was a bias tape challenge. I completed a baby size quilt top using bias tape.
My inspiration were mid century modern shapes but it ended up more 80's than 50's. I am excited to have learned this technique and I have ideas swirling already. This morning I checked out February's challenge and its... Minimalist Improvisation! HA!! The day after I finish my fist rather minimal improv quilt and swearing off improv piecing I'm hit with an improv challenge. I've decided to try it out, again, and make a small small quilt about 12" x 18". Too funny.