Monday, June 27, 2016

Ad Hoc Improv - Sharing My Improv

I've been so intrigued with the concept of Improv the last few years.  I don't do it as often as I would like, but every time I do it, I have so much fun.  I really enjoy it.  So, I decided that I would try to do more improv this year.  And what better way to spur me on than to have a link-up once a month?  So, welcome to my first post on Ad Hoc Improv quilting.  Visit both Kaja at Sew Slowly and Ann at Fret Not Yourself blogs for more information and to see what others are showing for their improv this month.  They've been doing this for 10 months did I not notice this before now?  I'm late to the party, as usual.  But, better late than never!

I've dabbled in Improv and liberated, or wonky, quilting for awhile now.  My first example is a quilt top that was started in 2005.  The blocks were made from a pattern, and I showed the improv border I'd started in my last post.  Now it's all done and sewn onto the quilt top.  Yay!

I'm really happy with the way it came out.  It still needs a good press before it goes to the quilter.  And, of course, I need to make a back for it.  

I made too many pieced triangles for the border, because more is better when you don't know how many you need!  I think this will be inserted in the back, once I get it all sewn together.  This is not a great picture, so you'll have to take my word for how good this looks.

These are my Block Lotto blocks for June - improv circles.  They were easy and great fun.  Sewing those wonky curves is sooo easy!  I'd love to win these, so my fingers are crossed. 

I think I need to play with improv pieced circles some more....more ideas keep coming to my mind. 

Finally, the other day I decided to purposefully start a new improv project.  Originally the thought was a baby quilt for my hairdresser, but now I'm not so sure that's what it will be.  It might just be whatever it turns out to be.

Those pieces aren't really big enough to be a baby quilt without a LOT more work.  This might be a smaller wall quilt.  I'll do something with bigger pieces (read: easier and faster) for the baby quilt.  I'm really liking this so far!  My initial plan for the color scheme was bright colors with lots of grey, because that was the request for the baby quilt.  I may add more colors or something else along the way.  Whatever the piece tells me it needs.

I'm also working on my Gwen Marston-inspired Medallion Quilt-along (see my side bar) piece, but that is more secret.  You'll have to wait until Friday for the reveal of the next border....but I'll tell you that it is kinda improv.  At least liberated/wonky, for sure.  I'm furiously working and hoping that I'll have it done in time for the reveal!


  1. I too make extras when making a scrappy pieced border. Who knows, I might want more of color A than B, etc.
    Love the teal block--curves are my current favorite thing to make. Claire aka

  2. I love the way the flower quilt turned out, it's beautiful. What design will the longarm quilter do on it? Hope you win the circles blocks. ;o)

  3. Late to the party, but very welcome, so thanks for linking up with this month's AHIQ. You have lots of great stuff to share too - I really like how your flower quilt looks with the border on; the spiky triangles balance the soft curves of the flowers so well. I will cross my fingers for you to win the curve blocks: I have had circles on the brain for months now. I think sometimes the more you work with a shape, the more ideas it generates.

  4. All fun and happy projects! Looking forward to the border reveal.

  5. Your flower quilt looks gorgeous, Sharon, really fresh and fun. And I see plenty of potential in your new project, too!

    Have a great summer!

  6. Eagerly awaiting the July 1 reveal of the Medallion borders . . . I've been playing along with the Ad Hoc Improv gang but don't have anything new to share this month.

  7. Really beautiful work, I like the colors you use, the contrast. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I feel the same way. I love it when I do it but I don't do it enough! I am also going to work more with solids.


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