Improv Freedom

by Nicole

I felt like Edward Scissorhands working on this quilt.

Wheeling the rotary cutter across pieces of fabric, I had no need for a ruler or measurements.  Big pieces. Little pieces. Crooked or straight pieces. It didn’t matter. They all added together to create this mosaic of blues and greens. That is the beauty of improvisation. 
I had so much fun creating this quilt. I was originally thinking of putting the blocks into rows, staggered and separated by white sashing. But once I got them up on my design wall, I liked them better as one big rectangle. 
I framed them with a shock of yellow-orange and then lots of white. 
I’m thinking of quilting straight lines on the white, echoing the yellow frame. As for the quilting of the blocks, I’m still deliberating on how to quilt them without distracting from the blocks. Straight lines? Meandering lines? Spirals? Decisions. Decisions.  Any suggestions?   

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sewkatiedid January 5, 2012 - 5:37 pm

It is perfect. Love that you just framed them all sewn together. Good choice. January 5, 2012 - 9:46 pm

Thanks, Katie, for posting the first comment on my blog! You totally made my day! And thank you for the encouraging words.

Cynthia January 6, 2012 - 4:13 am

Look at you go! I love the colors and the design is so fun to look at! Great work!

Rachel Hauser January 7, 2012 - 1:07 am

First – love this quilt! Such vibrant colors. Yum. Second – I think straight lines would be great. Nice to meet you!

Debbie January 7, 2012 - 6:09 am

This is so beautiful, and I love the yellow-orange frame also. Me, I'd go organic straight-line. Lovely.

sew katie did January 7, 2012 - 6:57 am

I had to come back and tell you that I love the flannel charm quilt on your etsy page. I've had in mind a similar with out the new line, but I love your addition.

beth lehman January 7, 2012 - 8:31 pm

LOVE this! (Came by way of Katie's pin!) It's fantastic. I love improvisation and would like to do more of it!

Michele January 22, 2012 - 12:36 pm

I absolutely adore this!

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