Improv Quilt with Jessica Darling

In February I took a workshop called Color Play by Jessica Darling through Portland Modern Quilt Guild.  About a dozen of us each brought a yard of focus fabric, which Jessica called party host fabric.  Then we just started sewing away with whatever coordinating fabrics we brought along.  We also had a communal table where we contributed unwanted scraps and shared with each other.  The concept of this free style sewing was brand new to me and scary.   But with Jessica’s help, I started making blocks.  The way I went about it was to pick one main block and then expounded from there.  Here’s what it looked like after the workshop.

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Then came the hard part.  Putting it all together.  Even though it was “improv”, I tried to keep the blocks in certain proportions, i.e. 12″ square, 10″ x  6″, and so on, so at the end I wouldn’t have to do crazy math.  Well, that was a nice thought.  It didn’t always go that way.  In order to fit certain blocks in certain position, I had to make more blocks.  It kept growing.  So, my solution was to draw a diagram.

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In the end, I had to do crazy math because I had cut things wrong or read my diagram wrong.  One nice thing about improv is that you can slap a piece of fabric or cut up and re-sew to fix whatever mistake you made.  Like the 7″ block was adjusted to be 8″.  Overall, it was really fun.  I came up with my own block designs and tried new things.

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Now it’s all done!  It’s all free-motion quilting.

 

 

 

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