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.
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.
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!
PS – there’s more looks at the group and giveaways happening here:
Saturday 03 DecemberNatalie Barnes + beyondthereefpatterns.comAnn Shaw + annshawquilting.comSunday 04 DecemberAngela Walters + quiltingismytherapy.comMonday 05 DecemberAmy Ellis + amyscreativeside.comTuesday 06 DecemberJulie Herman + jaybirdquilts.comWednesday 07 DecemberJohn Q. Adams + quiltdad.comThursday 08 DecemberLatifah Saafir + latifahsaafirstudios.comFriday 09 DecemberRose Hughes + rosehughes.comSaturday 10 DecemberJenny Pedigo + sewkindofwondeuful.comSunday 11 DecemberCheri Leffler + cherilefflerdesigns.comScott Hansen + bluenickelstudio.com