About a year ago Natalie asked me to make a small quilt with her new fabrics debuting at spring market. Hand Maker is Natalie’s first collection for Windham fabrics and I love the group!

I am here today to tell you that not everything goes to plan in my studio. I had designed and sewed two tops, and decided neither of them really showed off the fabrics as much as I wanted them too, working with a limited supply of fabric, and time, I decided to improvise my blocks. I cut up the tops into small chunks and added to them until I had 25 blocks each trimmed to 6 1/2″ square, and a 30″ quilt top.

Improvised Hand Maker Quilt by Amy Ellis - AmysCreativeSide.com

As much as I love this piece, this is not the way I usually work! Usually I plan, and calculate everything before I ever get to fabric, but working on the improvised blocks is so freeing and fun. I love that some of them are straight, and others are obviously wonky, it adds to the overall “charm” of the quilt.

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To unify all the angles and movement in the top, I quilted it with 1″ circles. I did this with the Prostitcher on my long arm, let you think I’m that much of a perfectionist!

So, do you have a quilt top in fabrics that you love, but a design that isn’t all that exciting? I challenge you to chop it up, try something new, something that excites you and your creativity again!

Hand Maker by Natalie Barnes

Natalie has a Hand Maker bundle for one of you! Tell me in the comments about your improvising experience, and I’ll select a winner next Monday, December 12th.

Happy Making!

Amy

 

PS – there’s more looks at the group and giveaways happening here:

Saturday 03 December
Natalie Barnes + beyondthereefpatterns.com
Sunday 04 December
Angela Walters + quiltingismytherapy.com
Monday 05 December
Tuesday 06 December
Julie Herman + jaybirdquilts.com
Wednesday 07 December
John Q. Adams + quiltdad.com
Thursday 08 December
Latifah Saafir + latifahsaafirstudios.com
Friday 09 December
Rose Hughes + rosehughes.com
Saturday 10 December
Jenny Pedigo + sewkindofwondeuful.com
Sunday 11 December
Cheri Leffler + cherilefflerdesigns.com
Scott Hansen + bluenickelstudio.com
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