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.


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.



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.


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