Blue Orchid Finished

by Nicole

Last week, I shared with you my progress on a paper bag challenge my guild posed to members. You can read more about the challenge and process here.

I took the paper bag challenge literally. I cut the fabrics, put the pieces in a paper bag, gave it a good shake and sewed together whatever pieces I pulled out. 
Here’s the finished product: a modern, improvisational quilt. 
Blue Orchid_Whole
She measures 24″ by 30″ and I’m calling her, “Blue Orchid,” for the abstract purple flowers set in a field of blue.

Blue Orchid_2
I’m still deciding on where Blue Orchid will live.

Blue Orchid_1
My office at work? Or my studio at home? 
Blue Orchid_3
I’ll think on it as I stitch up a sleeve for her to hang.

Linking up to Fabric Tuesday and Finish It Up Friday!

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Paige January 14, 2014 - 2:05 am

Is it a mini? It's kind of funny. I've always been anti-mini quilts. Now that I have an office (asst. principal after many years of teaching) I'm thinking about a few for my office. January 14, 2014 - 2:21 am

Oops! Forgot to put the measurements. I just updated it with the dimensions. Yup, she's a mini! Quilts are great for the office!

O'Quilts January 14, 2014 - 2:27 am

good job..a fun quilt

Gina January 14, 2014 - 2:27 am

It's beautiful! Great job on the challenge!

Debbie January 14, 2014 - 2:38 am

Quilts ARE great for the office! I've got 5 at mine; 6 if you count the mug rug. šŸ˜‰
Your blue bag quilt is lovely! I'm sure you'll enjoy it wherever it hangs!

DeborahGun January 14, 2014 - 2:57 am

I love this Nicole šŸ™‚

Tamie January 14, 2014 - 2:57 am

Love this finish.

shelley January 14, 2014 - 3:14 am

Absolutely beautiful. What a fun, creative way to put together an improvisational quilt. I can hardly wait to see what you make next!

carla January 14, 2014 - 3:22 am

Hi!!!! It is beautiful!!!! Blue orchid is a wonderful name for it!!!! Very fun anywhere it lives!!!!

pandchintz January 14, 2014 - 9:12 am

Another fabulous quilt! What a great challenge.

Jamie/Maryland Quilter January 14, 2014 - 3:38 pm

Beautiful quilt! The fabric placement turned out so perfect, I'm going to try the paper bag method for my next scrap quilt.

Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy January 14, 2014 - 4:09 pm

absolutely gorgeous!

Sara January 14, 2014 - 5:13 pm

What a vibrant , modern all the way quilt!!! Love. it.

Katherine McNeese January 14, 2014 - 5:53 pm

Love how it turned out!

MaterialGirlQuilts January 14, 2014 - 6:53 pm

It is beautiful Nicole! I wish I were better at improvisational piecing…something I need to work on this year šŸ™‚

Katy Cameron January 14, 2014 - 7:17 pm

Ooh, such a cool effect, love it!

Willit Neverend January 14, 2014 - 11:54 pm

Wow, this does not look randomly put together, everything looks just right where it is. It's so nice to look at.

Jeneta January 15, 2014 - 12:05 am

This looks amazing! What a great way to make an improv quilt. I think I'm going to have to try the paper bag method!!

Christine S January 15, 2014 - 1:13 am

Gosh this is amazing with a capital A! Gorgeous!

DaisyLiz January 15, 2014 - 2:19 am

Oh, blue just makes me swoon. Any kind of blue. Blue Orchid is no exception. Will you show a picture of your sleeve? I'm curious how you'll do it!

snips January 15, 2014 - 12:53 pm

I love this one so much! I vote it lives at my house šŸ˜‰
I'm pretty rubbish at improv, maybe i'll try that paper bag trick.

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Kris January 18, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Love this improv quilt. You did a super job with it!!!

Katherine January 18, 2014 - 4:55 pm

Gorgeous! Such an fun way to piece a quilt and the results are fantastic, Nicole.

Byrd January 26, 2014 - 6:36 pm

HI Nicole – I'm new to your blog and just love it. A few years ago, I lost my quilting mojo and couldn't get it back. On a total whim I took a class with Denyse Schmidt as part of a fundraiser for our local arts center. We did the paper bag technique. It was a blast! I recommend this to everyone who has a quilt road block. Thanks and Take care – Byrd

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