Tuesday, October 22, 2013

a date with Improv

Do you ever feel chained to the computer?  What you want to be doing is quite literally over there but here you are still typing away, reading, gathering ideas, whatever?  I've been doing a lot of computer work lately: wrapping up my lessons for Penny Sampler class, planning the Penny Patch quilt-along, arranging for ever-present do. Good Stitches member changes, and our annual Harvest Party, Aria's 9th birthday plans... well the list goes on.  Autumn is a busy time of year (as is the spring, those of you on the flip side).  So much good stuff! 

October LOVE circle blocks

Well, today I set a date with myself, an improv date.  I needed to step away and just. sew. something. easy.  My easy are these improv blocks for the Love circle of do. Good Stitches.  Jacey asked for small improv curved blocks in fall colors.  These are itty! They measure 4.5" x 6.5" unfinished.

a la Oodalolly

If you've taken my Curves Class, this probably looks familiar?  It's like making blocks for Oodalolly or Rainbow Road, but on a smaller scale.  Small scale means super scrap friendly! Oh, how I adore rifling through fabric scraps, pulling out odd bits that remind me of people and places, special projects, even things I once wore.


Then I line up the bits into pleasing arrangements of color and pattern, chop them into angles and see what happens....

improv in 6.5" x 4.5" blocks

It's that sense of discovery that makes improv piecing such a happy, lively place!


  1. I am making a bed quilt for us. My husband has been waiting for one for a long time. I really like the one that is on our bed that I ordered from JcPenny a couple years ago. I finally decided to use my low value swap blocks from a swap last year and I am making it up as I go. I will have to add enough blocks or what ever until it is 100 by 100. Thank you for the site to get a flannel back because I think that will be the backing since we live in Michigan and it is cold half the year.

  2. Such cheery little blocks :)

  3. I've also been playing with my scrap box for quilts to donate. (Pictures are on my blog.) I hope you had as much fun as I did! It looks like it.

  4. Gorgeous little blocks. You are so right, something different especially improv can be very freeing.

  5. I really need to hit the scrap bucket I have. Love your curve blocks.

  6. They are very happy blocks! I love tiny blocks too, everything is so cute when it's tiny :)

  7. Such cute curved blocks, and yes sometimes I do feel changed to this computer. When really I should be sewing!

  8. I was just doing this type of creating today! There is something so freeing about this. I will try some curves now. I made some really cute pincushions with some of my creations in batiks!

  9. I want to do some of these just to relax one day soon and not care about perfect piecing. Sigh.

  10. Took an improv class with Katie Pedersen last weekend. It was such fun and I've got these pieces that still need some work but love the process. I've decided that I like scrappy the best!
    Love how your improv is turning out!

  11. Now that is a lot of fun right there! Excellent idea just kicking back and enjoying your art therapy!

  12. how small of scrap do you save? I always keep little tiny scraps, and then when I clean out my closet (only a hobby quilter, with minimal space), I tend to throw things away (and cringe while doing it)...and then stumble across all sorts of beautiful scrap quilts!

    1. That depends on the fabric and my mood, but probably 1" squares if they're special fabrics.


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