Posted in challenge, improv, Quilting, Sewing, tagged challenge, challenge quilt, double wedding ring, double wedding ring challenge, free motion quilting, improv, improv double wedding ring, improv quilting on November 27, 2013|
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I’ve had this idea for a while to try to make more traditional quilt designs with an improvisational approach. After many hours in the sewing room, I’ve discovered that I need to use this time to just play, and for me, that is what improvisational sewing is all about. What I love about this approach is that there are no rules, and if you don’t love something cut it up and start over, or transform it into something else.
I wanted to take on making my own modern version of the double wedding ring quilt, and I knew this would push me because of all of the curved pieces in this design. Every curve was cut freehand and sewn without pins, and rulers were only used to square up larger pieces. I really tried to let go of the rules on this one!
After looking at lots of photos of traditional double wedding ring quilts, I mentally deconstructed the pattern into its most basic forms, and then created these out of improvisationally pieced panels of fabric.
In my quilt, the rings are made up of the negative (light colored) spaces. It makes the “rings” more subtle, though they’re still there. I also chose to piece everything from scraps, as I think this gives the quilt more depth and visual interest.
I also wanted the quilting to complement the design, so I rolled up my sleeves and quilted different free-motion designs in different areas of the quilt. It took me quite a while, but I think it was worth it. I’ve never quilted a quilt so heavily– and I likely won’t do this often– but it’s nice to know I can when the design warrants this level of quilting detail.
One reason I was motivated to finish this quilt was so that I could enter it into the double wedding ring quilt challenge that is wrapping up at the end of the month. There are so many cool quilts entered already, and I love seeing how differently people can interpret the same design.
I also wanted to test my design out on a smaller scale, so I finished a mini quilt using the same improv techniques. For this quilt, I used organic wavy lines for the quilting.
It finished up quickly, and I had so much fun sewing it. I highly recommend taking a little time to just play around with your scraps and designs to see what happens!
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I’m so excited to share my latest finished quilt today! I’ve named this quilt baby steps, based on the teeny-tiny squares of fabric that serve as the focal point of the quilt. If you’ve been following along, you know that I was very excited when I found out I was chosen to participate in the Bloomerie scrap challenge on Rachel’s blog, Stitched in Color. I was sent a fat sixteenth pack of Summer Breeze fabrics, and I cut right into it!
I shared a sneak peek the other day, and at that point I had cut each fabric into 1.5 inch strips, and I pieced those together. Next, I turned them all horizontally and sliced them up again to create the little patchwork you can see in the finished quilt. It’s such a quick and easy way to create tiny patchwork without cutting and piecing all those little squares.
I was allowed to add an extra fabric, and I chose a light blue jewels print from Lizzy House’s recent fabric line, Hello Pilgrim. I loved how the colors blended together! I was only allowed to add one print to the mix, so I rounded out the quilt top with a white and light gray to help the colors stand out.
Since I considered the quilt top to be my completed challenge, I rounded out the back with an extra block from the front to echo the design and a number of coordinating prints from my stash. I found anything in the same color family as the Bloomerie fabrics and went for a patchwork look. I love reversible quilts, and I think I like the back as much as the front!
I decided to bind in a blue dot fabric I’ve had in my stash for a while. Since the quilt top had so many light colors, I wanted something that would frame the quilt. I ran down to a little market and cakery down the street for photos, and I was so pleasantly surprised to see how well the benches out front went with my quilt colors!
Thanks so much to Rachel for hosting this challenge and selecting me to play along! And also a big thanks to Bloomerie Fabrics for sending me such a gorgeous stack of fabric to play with! It was such a great starting point for this design, and I love how you can make a little fabric stretch a long way with a creative design and good neutrals!
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Posted in challenge, Fabric, Sewing, tagged bloomerie challenge, challenge, Fabric, scrap, scrap challenge, scrap fabric, sewing challenge on July 1, 2012|
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Ok, I’m planning a longer post about all the fun stuff I have to show for the last week, but in the meantime I thought I’d share this sneak peek at what I’m working on for the Bloomerie Challenge that Rachel is hosting.
Can’t wait to share the final project later this week!
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