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August 5, 2022
An unusual quilt and start of another from Art In Search

     My husband's mother and grandmother quilted and sewed clothes. I learned a lot about quilting from them. My husband's mom, Rosemary, was a wonderful woman and mother who left us too soon at 66, younger than I am at 68. Very sobering. She used to make improv quilts before anyone claimed them. She used polyester double knits left over from sewing clothes (six kids) to create lap quilts and hand sewed the pieces using the herringbone stitch and perle cotton. These quilt wear like iron, never fade, are warm and have a certain charm that many dismiss.
    Victoria ...

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August 2, 2022
Crosscut Tote Bag... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


Remember this Quilt Top? 


I pieced this back in 2018...






I had lots and lots of leftover blocks...






I pieced enough of the blocks together

to make a tote bag...



Here it is:


Crosscut Tote Bag...





I used Pellon Flex Foam...

so fun to quilt through and also creates

a super firm bag that stands up nicely...





I lined it with leftover fabric from the quilt top...

covered a piece of cardboard for the bottom.





I boxed the bottom corners to create

a flat bottom...the bag stands up and doesn't

fall over when ...

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June 27, 2022
Wild Goose Chase.....Top Done from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I spent some time in the Thread Shed

yesterday piecing the last 2 seams 

of the Wild Goose Chase quilt top:

 


2 Seams left to piece together...





1 seam left to piece together...





Giving it a final pressing...





I took it outdoors for a photo shoot...




I put it back on the design wall

and noticed that the very last flying goose

on the bottom right corner...

is upside down.

Time to get out the seam ripper !


Wild Goose Chase 56 x 66


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June 24, 2022
Improv....Wild Goose Chase.....Progress from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


This is what the improv piece looked 

like a week ago on the design wall








I have continued to add more flying geese units

around the outside edges...






I am slowly filling in all the gaps...






I started to piece the top together...

it is like a puzzle putting all of these units 

together of all varied sizes.






There are so many seams,

the quilt is shrinking in all directions

as I piece it together...






It is becoming one cohesive unit...




I am in the process of adding a new row 

to the right side...

then I can piece all ...

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June 19, 2022
Improv Piecing.....Wild Goose Chase from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

 

In the last 2 weeks I have spent some time

with my latest improv project...






This is what it looked like 2 weeks ago:


I was just getting a few blocks up 

on the design wall...






It is growing...




All of these flying geese units together,

remind me of a Wild Goose Chase...





My scraps are dwindling...

I am using fabrics scraps from hexagon quilt

I made a few years back.



I will keep adding geese units
until the scraps run out...




The Thread Shed has a new addition:


Sunflower Quilt Block





The Sunflower Quilt block looks great

on the ...

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June 15, 2022
My 2022 100 Days Project from Ellyn's Place

 Well haven't I been a horrible blogger these past few months? Geez. I will tell you I've been so busy making things I haven't made the time to blog! I guess that's a good thing, right? Anyways, I have some serious catching up to do. Let's start with today's finish, shall we?

Way back in February, I posted here about my plans for this year's 100 Day Project. Just to recap, I purchased recycled men's dress shirts at the Goodwill and planned to make 100 improv quilt blocks inspired by The Great ...

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May 30, 2022
Improv Piecing and Spring in Western Oregon... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


I am trying to finish up some improv pieces

I started back in 2020... 







I put a few up on the design wall...





I have a good start...

I think I will make lots more !




I went through the scrap bag and found pieces

leftover from a hexagon quilt I made

quite a few years ago:


I separated the scraps by color...





Doesn't this just make you want to

sit down and stitch?






While I stitch improv triangles,

I can see how they work together

across the room on the design wall...



I haven't spent ...

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May 2, 2022
Quilts Unscripted Bee Quilts from Goer

In June 2021, Ellyn and I started the Quilts Unscripted Bee. Currently we have 11 improv quilters and each month we create 2-3 improv blocks for one quilter. I've been so excited to see finished quilts and quilt tops in recent months that I wanted to share them with you. My beemates have shared their photos with me. Enjoy!

 

You may have seen Sarah Ruiz's Unscripted quilt that was awarded first place at QuiltCon 2022. She gave us a color palette and asked us to each choose letters so she would end up with an alphabet of blocks ...

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April 9, 2022
Improv Quilt Top.....Progress from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

 

I am making progress on this

Improv Quilt Top:


I completed the top last October

while attending a quilt retreat in Idaho

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The top is pieced from my hand dyed fabrics.

These are improv blocks I played

with back in the Spring of 2020...





I incorporated solid strips of fabric

to calm the piece down a bit...





Just love the luscious lime borders...





I pawed through the fabric cupboards

and found this blue for the backing...





I plan to hang this quilt, so I chose

Quilters Dream Green batting.

The quilt will hang straight and flat ...

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March 21, 2022
A Fingerpaints finish-tada! from Sew Sunshine


This is the Fingerpaints quilt by Quiltfortco from last summers qal.
I used her pattern but made it improv style. I used a ton of scrappy solids and tone on tone pieces from my stash along with tons of strips in my scrap bins.
I finished it out a little bigger by using a few more strips. 
74" x 79"


I grabbed a few photos but it has been super windy the last couple of days. 






This was truly a fun quilt to make. I love the play on light with the fabrics and I ...

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March 2, 2022
Fabulous Finish....Number 5 from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

 

This improv piece has been sitting

around for almost 2 years...

It has waited long enough.


The top consists of Pick Up Stix blocks...





This is a piece I hand dyed and

         silk screened.

I sliced it up and created borders...



The quilt top is ready to be basted and

go under the needle...




This is a small quilt so I am doing the

machine quilting on my Bernina Artista 200...





I am using a walking foot for the

simple, wavy, line quilting...





The white thread does not compete with

the pick up stix blocks

and shows up nicely in ...

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February 21, 2022
WIP 4 Pick up Sticks from Sew Sunshine


My bag eliminating continues. If you have been following me this year I have not been cleaning and organizing per say but I have been keeping things neatly together over the years. What I am finding out is that I have tons of fabrics filed away in bags waiting for whatever it is to be finished. I keep the relevant coordinates together or shades or whatever. This does have its advantages as I can pull it up and not have to rematch etc. However, it also has its pitfalls. I just commented to another blogger that I loved her blue ...

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February 4, 2022
Preparing for my 100 day project from Ellyn's Place

 The "official" 100 Day Project begins on February 13 this year. I have really enjoyed doing this the last two years. You can read about my bojagi project (2020) and my monster project (2021) here on the blog. Both of these focused on learning a new skill, which I thoroughly enjoyed. This year, I'm heading in yet another direction.

I was inspired by the phenomenon of the Great Resignation of 2021, where Americans resigned from their jobs en masse, initially as a covid response then later as a general strike against workplace policies/pay and government replies. I decided ...

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January 10, 2022
Improv Quilts for Steve and Ginger from Sew........This Is My Blog

I've been blogging recently about the quilts I managed to finish during the last nearly two years while isolating because of the Covid pandemic.  I was in a funk for about the first six months of isolation and not sewing at all, but then I started making up for lost time.  Now I'm playing catch-up on my blog.  

After I made the quilt for Shirley A using orphan blocks (read about that here) I had a few teal crumb blocks left and set them aside to do something else with. 









I shopped my stash and found these 2 ...

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December 29, 2021
Quilts Unscripted Blocks from Ellyn's Place

 The Quilts Unscripted Bee continues to challenge and amaze me month by month. You can see posts about my past blocks here. I thought I'd share the rest for 2021 today.

In November, Loide asked us to make a variety of Christmas blocks. She put very few restrictions on us which was fun, but at the same time challenging!

For my first block I made a Christmas tree! Very structured yet improv as I just winged it, no pattern.


It's a smaller version of the tree mini I did for the MQG earlier this year!

Next up, snowflakes ...

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December 26, 2021
itty bitty improv from Ellyn's Place

Well, despite all my fussing, I did finish 20 quilts for my Through Ellyn's Eyes project before the end of the year! As I had speculated, it's TINY! Finishing at just 7"x9", thus the name itty bitty improv, it would make a good mug rug. 


I played with some spiky triangles, one of the very first techniques I learned when Debbie (A Quilter's Table) came to teach our guild years ago. It's one I return to often and was fun to revisit in just two colors, Kona Corn Yellow and Glacier. Quilted very quickly on ...

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December 23, 2021
Scalloped Rainbow from Ellyn's Place

 Even with the business of the holiday season, I managed to complete quilt #3 in my Through Ellyn's Eyes series! I give you Scalloped Rainbow. 

What began as a stack of improv quarter circle blocks made on a whim at the day retreat center became this fun mini that measures 14"x24". Grid quilted and faced all on my domestic machine. I used the full rainbow of colors from my series for this one: Kona Red, Orange, Tangerine, Corn Yellow, Chartreuse, Glacier and Capri. 

I might be finishing up one more (tiny!) quilt to bring the number to a ...

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December 15, 2021
Improv kerstboompjes. from M. Brito de Campos



De snelste quilt ooit! 
In 2 weken genaaid en gequilt. 
Dat heb ik nog niet eerder voor elkaar gekregen. 
De quilt heeft nummer 40 gekregen in mijn Quiltregister. 
Ik heb het ontstaan van de quilt beschreven in een blogbericht voor het blog van het Quiltersgilde. Je kunt het hier vinden.
Ik vind hem erg leuk geworden.

Vrolijk kerstfeest. Marina.

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December 10, 2021
Computer Geek! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

What has happened to me? I've been feeling a bit of a cold coming on for a couple of days. Instead of doctoring myself up and drinking lots of water and hot rum - OK, maybe not the hot rum, I let it go. How could I possibly get a cold when I haven't really seen anyone. Although one of the ladies who came to the retreat did stay home the first day because she wasn't sure she wasn't getting a cold herself. 

Anyway, as the day progressed, so did my sniffles, and when I went to ...

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November 23, 2021
window zippered pouches from Charm About You


Back with another Aurifil Artisan project! This month I was sent some gorgeous Free Spirit fabrics to play with, along with a spool of 50 weight thread. I received two cuts of the stunning Little Fluffy Clouds in Cloud, Daydreamer by Tula Pink and a deep purple solid (which I think might be Tula Pink Solids in Tanzanite?!). The Daydreamer collection has some really stunning prints, including one called Lucy! 


The Little Fluffy Clouds print is a beautiful ombre, from yellow to green to blue - you get a better sense of it in this picture from the Free Spirit website ...

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