Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Citrus Improv

Nov. Improv bee blocks

Today's been anything but normal.  I've been bouncing from appointment to appointment and running way more errands than usual (since usual is... none).  In between things I did manage to churn out some bee blocks. Lucky me, they were speedy improv blocks. Lucky, lucky.

Nov. Improv bee blocks

Our Love circle quilter asked for pink, yellow, orange and green improv blocks finishing between 8.5" x 12.5".  I do so appreciate a range like that when working improv.  It allows for the scraps to say when they're done. I always start my improv by sewing together random small bits of fabric.  Then press and trim and see what's to be done with them!

Starting a project like this is easy because I keep my scraps organized by size and color.  I separate bitty crumb scraps, medium squares/rectangles, long strips and biggish pieces (less than fat quarter cuts).  Each of these four types lives in a separate soft cloth bin, the kind from Ikea made to organize clothing (see scrap organization details and pictures here).

Nov. Improv bee blocks

When I work improv, I'll grab the two smallest size bins of the colors I plan to work with and take them to my work table.  I might pop up to get a long string scrap too, as needed.  I love how improv leaves just fabric slivers behind, since I design the blocks to take advantage of the actual scrap sizes.  So rewarding.

Nov. Improv bee blocks

In a little over an hour of focused, zen-like work I was able to produce three citrus-pretty bee blocks from scrap! And off they go in the mail to become part of another do. Good Stitches quilt. 

Hmmmm, whats next? 

Wishing everyone in the states a safe and sweet Thanksgiving.   See you on the other side, when the Christmas season really begins! 




  1. Good idea to store your scraps by color and size!
    I'm running a fabric giveaway, would you like to enter?
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Your blocks are yummy and I like your scrap organization. I really have to do something soon!

  3. Rosemary B here:
    Cute perky blocks
    I, as a former 12 years of figure skating and ice dancing, call this sort of creativity "free styling"
    I have a mountain of scraps. I really should get sorting, and institute control!

    1. Oh, "free styling" has a much nicer ring to it actually! You must have been a talented ice skater with all that training. I studied ballet for that amount of time, very seriously, and so we probably have a bit in common there. Here's to beauty in motion!

  4. Such pretty improv blocks! Feels so good to use those scraps up!

  5. They're gorgeous Rachel. Love the colours bright and zesty. X

  6. Your blocks are beautiful, and your sorting mechanism really resonates with me and the way that I use scraps. I had mine sorted by color, then changed my mind and combined the colors to sort by size - only to realize that I really need them sorted by color after all. I've lumped my strips together, but when I get motivated, I'm going to separate them by color, too and try out your bins (thanks for the link to that post!)


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