Sunday, October 13, 2013

Quilting At The Improv

My happy feet (previous post) flip-flopped their way down Venice Avenue and stopped abruptly
 at the local quilting shop where I found a flyer for the
 now-forming Sarasota modern quilting guild.
I went home and joined the group online.
Hurray! Something new and refreshing that takes in my lifelong love for fabric.

The monthly meeting for October is on the 19th.
Leader Carole promised a  quick 15-minute business meeting
before the "fun part," a lesson in improvisational quilting.
I'm excitedly collecting materials for the two-hour sew-in
 (attendees bring their machines and supplies
 to cut and sew together in good company...a sort of book club?).

I have no idea what I'm doing...so I picked out  colors and patterns to make my heart sing.
Sounds improvisational, doesn't it?
Then to be safe, I also selected a colorway using solid-colored fabrics relating to one patterned piece.
Of course, I couldn't wait to try a few things...
after all, the class is still a week away.
Working from Quilting Modern,  I tried free-piecing a single block
that could become a pillow front or the focus of an infant carrier coverlet...

 By the time this block gets quilted, my inaccurate stitching will be hidden in the depths.
The premise of this scrap project was to find a figurative piece in one's fabric stash to use as the focus of a block. It inspires free piecing in related scraps that are floated into the design by way of a background fabric (white dotted fabric). I must say I didn't know what I was doing but went about cutting strips in any length I pleased and stitching background pieces to their ends.
 The result seems to be a non-traditional picture frame
 for a portrait of two lovely forest creatures I found on an IKEA fabric.

I'm seeing the finished product as a cover for a 14 x 22-inch pillow.
Want to revisit it when complete?

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14 comments:

S. Etole said...

Looks like you will be a natural at this. Would love to see the finished product.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I can't wait to see the finished product :)

Nancy said...

I am so glad to have stumbled onto your blog; we have lots in common....

I love all the fabrics you have chosen and I can't wait to see the finished project. I always choose bright and fun colors too when I get around to working on a wallhanging....

The group sounds like lots of fun. I 'll be interested in hearing how that works for you....

helen tilston said...

Creativity and friendship are two marvelous ingredients.
Looking forward to seeing more of your work

Helen

Stan said...

By all means, we must see the before and after.
Stan

Dewena Callis said...

Oh, yes! Don't leave us hanging! I hope you enjoy this new activity a lot. One of my daughters-in-law carries her sewing machine, supplies, baby and her supplies to a weekly sewing class and is learning to sew for our granddaughter. I admire that so much!

Linda@arichtapestry said...

Modern quilting sounds like a satisfying
sewing activity. I look forward to your
finished pillow cover. Enjoy the day with the class on the 19th! You will have a lot of fun with improvising and using those gorgeous fabrics.

Jane said...

Love the fabric choices! I'm sharing this with my quilting friend. She's always looking for inspiration.

Becky is having a quilting show on Nov 2 (I think). She's the gal who joined me with Art at Home. Since I have not painted much in the past few months, I don't know if I'll have paintings to share...we'll see. Becky lives in the same neighborhood as me.
I'll let you know when/if it really does happen.

Jane

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Ohh Becky, tell me how to join in. The colors you've picked are stunning. specially the first and the most left one.....I am in love with. and the pillow you're making.....loving it.
do keep me updated and i'd sure like to have a link for the page so i can have a look, never quilted but you gave me an idea to put out my handmade things here on blog. show you soon, when i know how to hook up my Phone to his laptop and download my taken pics.
Hugs and happy times. can't wait for the outcome.
xxx Dagmar

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Hi Becky what a great idea. Love the fabrics you've choosen. specially the one in the first picture on the most left side. I am in love. do show me the outcome what a great pillow this will turn into.
Can you send me the link so i can have a look. never ever work with a machine before but you just gave me an idea to put my hand made work on blog. next post.
Hugs. and have a good weekend Dagmar

rosaria williams said...

Oh my! You got me thinking...

Nib's End said...

I, who am compelled to line up and categorize the groceries from my cart onto the check-out belt, am loving the free form of your quilting non-block. And batik always makes me sing.

yaya said...

I would love to see the finished product! I'm so not a sew person but I do enjoy seeing everyone else's creativity and designs. Looks like a fun class!

The Silver Bunny said...

Yes, please ! Do you know the Frugal Queen's blog ? She taught herself how to quilt and is now a complete addict !xx