Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Improv Quilting and the Blogger's Quilt Festival

I recently took a class in improv quilting and, boy, did it get the creative juices flowing! I loved the thrill of trying something new, I loved the freedom the technique allowed, and I loved creating something with such modern flair. I lucked out in that I had an excellent teacher, the talented Mary Menzer, who has created some amazing modern quilts using this technique. She patiently shared her knowledge with the class and helped us to create our own improv pieces.

I was quite pleased with my class sample and quickly began another wall hanging. I stepped away from my usual palette of blues and greens and used bright warm tones for my second improv piece.  I call this one Sherbert. It's a small wall hanging, measuring at 15" by 14 1/2". I used mostly Kona solids, along with a couple low volume prints and one linen-like solid. It's quilted using matchstick quilting in a variegated Aurifil thread.




The Blogger's Quilt Festival, hosted by Amy Gibson of Amy's Creative Side, was the perfect opportunity to share this little project. Amy does so much to make the online quilting community the dynamic group that it is, and the Blogger's Quilt Festival is just one part of that. Enjoy all the amazing eye candy shared in the festival by clicking through the links. Thank you to Amy for all your work organizing this event and to the sponsors who make it extra fun!

11 comments:

  1. Great mini! I love the colors and the match stick quilting.

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  2. How great to come away from a class with so much inspiration. I think the warm colours are great and work well in your lovely quilt.

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  3. This is awesome, Christine!!! I have yet to make an improv quilt, but I feel like I need to move it to the top of my quilts to make. The color combination and quilting are all on point!

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  4. Love the colors and lines in this one--great job!

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  5. Improv seems to work for you. LOVE the quilting design you chose!

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  6. Perfect name for this little quilt. The colors do remind me of that bowl of sherbet I had a few days ago.

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