I made this quilt as a gift for friends who are celebrating a big milestone in a few weeks! I knew I wanted this quilt to be green, but I didn’t have a lot of plans beyond that when I started sewing. I let this project direct me, and I love how it unfolded.
I started by dumping all of my green scraps on the table, and sewed some together. Then I sewed more together, and more and more. Then I sewed groups of scraps to groups of scraps, until larger squares began to emerge. I set them aside when they got large, and once I had 9 of them I squared them to be 16 inches. I knew a quilt top made entirely of small scraps would be too busy, so I kept things broken up by framing the blocks with solid green fabrics, and I added off white sashing in between. As you can see from the pictures, it finished up to be pretty large! For the back I used some prints from my stash that went with the vibrant green I saw as the profile of the quilt.
This was my first scrap quilt, and I consider myself hooked. It was so satisfying to use my scraps and to make something I liked so much out of them. I also really enjoy the freedom of improvisational piecing. The more I sew, the more I learn about the style and techniques that appeal to me. I also loved letting the quilt lead me as it came together– I considered different layouts and designs as the blocks took shape, and every time I needed to make a decision I felt sure about the direction the blocks were taking.
I can’t wait to start my next improv scrap quilt!
(Also– thanks Liv for helping me take the photos, and for accompanying me to my favorite quilt photo shoot location!)
I’m linking up to Megan’s blog today for “sew modern monday”– head over to see more modern sewing projects!