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November 15, 2021
Improv Line Bee Blocks from Goer

Last month, Chris gave us the open-ended invitation to play with line in our improv blocks for her. Straight lines and how they intersect, or how they don't. She asked for black background (I used Kona Black) and as many colors as we like (at least two) for our lines, preferably brights.

My lines all vary between 1/8" and 1/2" in width. I really enjoy the look and process of piecing a skinny 1/8" strip. So I started with that.

This first one is about 12" x 12" with 1/8" strips in three colors. Technically ...

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November 8, 2021
Improv Time Bee Blocks from Goer

In September, Carole asked us to use time as our inspiration for her blocks. She asked us to use solids only with any shape or image that relates to time. And she chose the stunning tetrad palette of blue-green, red-violet, red-orange, and yellow-green (including recommended Kona suggestions to help us out).

My first thought that I couldn't shake was the idea of time passing as my children grow. I created a "watch me grow" block of sorts where I improv pieced the bodies of the three images and then added needle turn appliqué for the heads.

My second block ...

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October 21, 2021
WIPs Be Gone: 25 Day Update from Goer

A few weeks ago I shared my new daily project, WIPs Be Gone with Leanne of Devoted Quilter. Here's a wrap up of all the works in progress I worked on during the first 25 days (of the last 100 days of 2021).

My commitment to myself is to spend at least 15 minutes (though often it's longer) making progress on a WIP. My goal is to finish 4 larger quilts before the end of the year as many of my finishes in the last year and a half have been mini quilts. You'll see that I ...

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October 11, 2021
Churn, Churn, Churn from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I finally get to share my project from Kelly Young's (My Quilt Infatuation) second quilting book called Scrappy Improv Quilting.  

When Kelly asked me which project I wanted to make, I had a hard time choosing.  There are so many fun projects in this book!  I received a pre-publication copy and I was so impressed with how lovely this book is.  The instructions are easy to understand and the photography and book layout are wonderful.  

As a scrappy quilter, I was so pleased to see that this book is filled with some fun ways to use up those bits ...

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September 7, 2021
Improv Holding Space Bee Blocks from Goer

Last month, I created blocks for E. A. She asked us "to think about how it feels when someone holds space for you and allows you to be who you are in a place that is safe. Alternatively, you could think about how it feels when you hold space for someone." She asked for abstract blocks created in pairs, with no limit on colors.

These pairs of blocks were created in parallel with each other. I didn't make one block and then copy it. I made two blocks at the same time. Since they are improv you can see ...

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September 5, 2021
Improv Alphabet Quilt Blocks from Goer

This summer I started co-hosting the Quilts Unscripted Bee with a group of 10 quilters. It is an improv quilt bee and every month the host for the month gives us a prompt. These can vary greatly. There might be a limited palette. The prompt might be about a feeling, or a style, or creating something representational.

Sarah Ruiz kicked off our first month in June with a really fun one. She gave us a limited color palette and asked us to use solids. Then she had a sign up for each person to pick some letters of the alphabet ...

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August 21, 2021
30 Days of Improv ~ Week 3 ~ Triangles from Life in the Scrapatch

Here are my five blocks for 

Week 3 ~ Triangles @ Broadcloth Studio

I started this 30 Days of Improv QAL here. 

This is a fun sew along. 

I started the week by free cutting triangles from my layer cake pieces.
The blue steel grunge in my setting fabric.

One of the daily prompts called for using scalene triangles,
which have three uneven sides and tree different angles. 

I sewed these to make four random quarters and trimmed. 

Then I trimmed the long edge of the halves to have a 1/4" seam allowance.

This is the result.

Then I trimmed to ...

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August 12, 2021
I Like Thursday # 106 ~ Making It Up As I Go from Life in the Scrapatch

Welcome to I Like Thursday, where each week my friends, the

I Like Thursday Bloggers @ Not Afraid of Color

share the smiles and small joys of life. 

One of the things that has made me smile this week

 is making the improv blocks for the 

30 Days of Improv Blocks QAL

This week is all about improv stripes.

Cutting free style (no rulers) can be very freeing indeed.

This week I did not use the lines on my cutting mat to cut my strips.

Today's prompt called for embracing the wonk and sewing seams

 together in the same direction ...

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August 7, 2021
Scrappy Happy Improv Sewing from Life in the Scrapatch


Week 1 of my 30 Days of Improv QAL blocks are done!

I will probably use more of the Blue Steel Grunge

 to make these blocks fit together in perfect harmony. 

After I sewed Day 5 Block Posted Here

I realized that I almost had enough blocks to make a 

large square block for Improv Squares week. 

So I gathered my scraps and cut-offs from my previous blocks

 and sewed one more 5.5" scrappy square block.

This is one of my favorite improv blocks of the week.

It was fun playing with the small scraps.

I am ready for ...

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January 8, 2021
The First Finish of the Year from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I decided in early December, that I was going to take the last few of weeks of the month "off".  I was ready to call an end to the year.  So that meant I was able to spend quite a bit of time on my own projects.

So I am pleased to say, I already have a finish to share!

I think I shared the improv blocks I was making from some Kaffe Fassett scraps I had.  Each block started with a red square with blue, green and purple scraps added.

I had divided my Kaffe scraps up into cool ...

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December 25, 2020
December Bee Blocks from Goer

Merry Christmas to Ellyn!

Her prompt for the bee this month was to use this bright, happy palette to make three improv, pieced blocks approximately 12 1/2" x 12 1/2". She also requested we include a triangle(s) in each block. These Kona colors are Bright Pink, Orange, Duckling, Chartreuse and Jade Green.

I immediately decided that I would do some improv curves. Here's what I came up with.

The post December Bee Blocks appeared first on Sarah Goer Quilts.

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December 20, 2020
Oh Scrap! : Kaffe Scraps from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I have been busily sewing away on my Kaffe Fassett scraps.

I have been sewing up all the warmer colors into these colorful strips.  I thought I would go back and make one of my Scrap-A-Palooza designs.  I haven't made one of those in a long time!  

The next step will be to add in the vertical sashing.  I still plan on using a light cantaloupe color.

If you read my initial post, you know I sorted my Kaffe scraps into warm and cool colors.  After sewing all the strips together, I still have a number of the warm ...

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January 24, 2020
Nighttime Sky from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I have finished my Nighttime Sky improv wall hanging.  

I used the same technique I used on my Improv Garden and pillow.  I really like how it turned out!

The size of this piece is just 36" square and is made from navy and yellow scraps.

I changed up the lighting here so you can see the dark fabrics in the background really have a lot going on in them.  There is a lot of purples, turquoise and gray that add a lot of interest.

On the back, I used a New York City piece I have been hoarding for ...

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January 10, 2020
Pillow Talk from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I have been busy preparing for an upcoming Improv Class in March.  I always like to share lots of ways to use a technique so I have been making a few more class samples.

I thought I would make a fun 16" pillow.  This is a great option to learn the technique but now commit to a whole quilt.

This class will also be provided with a pattern sheet for my Improv Garden quilt (that you partially see in the background).  I also hope to finish a Night Sky wall hanging soon.  It is just waiting for me to find ...

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December 8, 2019
Oh Scrap! : Lots of Distractions from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I have been finding myself a little lost lately without any specific scrap projects to work on.  So every time I get a few minutes in my sewing room (that I am not sewing holiday gifts), I find myself hopping from bin to bin and creating a mess.

I did start a project I have had in my head for a bit.  After I made my Improv Garden, I kept thinking it might be fun to use the same technique to create lights in a midnight sky - they could be thought of as stars or lighting bugs.  I finished one ...

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October 4, 2019
A Birthday Gift from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I used to think it was weird to gift a quilting friend with a quilt - but then I received one myself and I realized it was kind of special to have a gift made just for you!

My dear friend is very much a modern / improv quilter.  So I thought it would be fun to make her a wall hanging for her new sewing room.  Both of us love purple so I started there and added in some gold and a bit of teal.

I used the Crosscut Blocks tutorial by Debbie over at A Quilter's Table.
This was ...

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