Saturday, December 13, 2014

Improv Angles charity quilt

I'm back! 

Ok, you probably didn't know I was gone, but I was.  Remember the cat with the late night fabric-moving obsession?  She murdered my laptop on Thursday night.  I figured this out on Friday morning when my laptop wouldn't start and there was a puddle on my keyboard.  Not a good moment.

Poor fried laptop had to be replaced stat, so I could find my way back here where I belong.  Sometimes being a blogger by trade makes decisions really, really simple.  New computer?  Must.  Also, we're going to try having kitty Susan sleep in Aria's room at night.  Maybe all she needs is more time with her person.

Improv Angles charity quilt

What's that?  You'd rather talk about this quilt, any quilt?  Yeah, me too.  So, this is my latest finish.  It's made entirely of improv blocks created by Angled students for our collaborative charity work(s).  Since I didn't receive a whole lot of any one block, I put them all together with stripey sashing.  It's bold, maybe a little chaotic, but I really like it!

Improv Angles charity quilt

I didn't have enough stripey sashing to use throughout, so I used a Carolyn Friedlander print to sash the edges.   It works sort of like a frame, I think.  I could probably count on one hand the number of times I've bought more of a fabric for a particular project.  Instead, I like the character that comes from making do!

Improv Angles charity quilt

During this make I got to try out a pack of Clover wonder clips that my friend Pat sent as a surprise, along with her Angled improv blocks.  These little suckers really are convenient for binding, instead of using pins.  I didn't have enough for the whole quilt, so I also used some simple wooden clothespins. They work the same, but they are chunkier, heavier and thus a bit more in the way.  Still, if you have the clothespins and no cash for wonder clips....  Just be sure your pins aren't rusty!

Improv Angles charity quilt

I worked a lot on the quilt back for this one.  I wanted to incorporate a sweet batch of improv envelope blocks, which I really, really, really like.  But, they wanted to be soft and pretty, not wild and bold like the quilt front.  I hope the contrast is not too shocking.  Also, this Pretty Potent Aloe in Candy print, showcasing washed out aqua combined with bright pink, has really caught my eye.  I think I need to make Eleni a quilt in that color scheme!

Improv Angles charity quilt

Here are our envelopes, combined with a typewriter I've had laying around for ages, apparently destined for just this.  I finished with organic straight line quilting.  Mmmm texture!

Improv Angles charity quilt

The completed quilt is a generous throw, one side bright and bold...

Improv Angles charity quilt

other side cheery and sweet. 

Improv Angles charity quilt

It's to be donated to a local woman's shelter, so I hope that either side will bring the right type of healing hug to whomever receives it.

Thanks again, Angled students, for collaborating with me on this make!

30 comments:

  1. Great quilt. Love the stripy sashing. The pieced backing is lovely, so interesting.

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  2. Fantastic! Welcome back, and hopefully kitty stays away from the new computer for a bit. The envelope blocks on the back are super fun and remind me of the love notes my husband writes me because he always tucks them up in handmade envelopes. I detect inspiration for a new quilt... Thanks!

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  3. A Real "Feel good and happy quilt". Thanks for Inspiration!

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  4. For what it's worth, bobby pins are less clunky than the clothes pins and work pretty well for holding binding down without the occupational hazards of pins.

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  5. I use those metal snap hair clips that open when you press the center. Very inexpensive and available everywhere.

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  6. Wonder Clips, where have you been my whole life?! I just used my first packet on my Sew Together Bag -- wow, they really helped!

    I was sad to miss out on the Angled class (my fall was too busy to commit) and appreciate the sneak peeks into what your students have been up to. And the idea of putting together a class charity quilt was brilliant. Love it!

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  7. This quilt is just wonderful. I love it. I love that I can see the blocks I made in it, too. And I love both sides.

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  8. I'm still absolutely stunned by what you did with these blocks! It's counterintuitive, but that bold striped sashing actually calms down and reigns in the chaos of all the bright blocks on the front. And the back is just as impressive! Love the typewriter and text print with the envelopes. That pretty potent piece really brightens it all up and ties it together too. Is it alright if I repost some of the photos on my blog now that it's all done? THank you so much for the wonderful class and for allowing us to contribute to this awesome quilt!

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  9. very fresh and delightful. good job

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  10. Rosemary b here:
    Hey that quilt turned out superb. I love the colorful happiness. It really speaks to anyone that a lot of wild colors and shapes and be beautiful.

    Be sure the put a kitty box in Aria's room, so Susan does not have to hold it til morning.
    Both of my kitty boys are put in rooms.... well, Miles is. He is very mischievous.
    Pierro is a cuddle bug. I put him in a room for a few hours just so he stops licking me so I can sleep. Hubbs lets him out some where between 5 and 7.
    They cannot be in a room together because they like to wrestle and play rough.
    Anyway, I hope you got some of that 6 mil plastic from JA fab to cover your work. I have one large sheet for my super sized ironing table I made all by myself and it is super wonderful.
    then I have two smaller sheets to cover my other stuff. Of course, that does not deter curious kittyblossoms in the middle of the night. The room idea is a good idea. put the litter box (even just a smaller one for night time use) in a corner.

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  11. The quilt is just wonderful. Such a creative layout & that striped sashing is perfect.

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  12. I love the striped sashing- this quilt is cheerful and charming! I am certain it will bring a great deal of joy to the recipient.

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  13. I love the entire look of the quilt. It just makes me feel good. My dear hubby got me a 50 count bag of wonder clips for Christmas. (on sale at Amazon)

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  14. Sorry to hear about your laptop ~ bad kitty!
    This quilt is so fab! The colors, the stripes, just everything about it!

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  15. Love everything about this. It will be such a blessing to whomever receives it ; )

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  16. The quilt is really fun. The improv envelopes are totally charming!
    Love the back!

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  17. Love this quilt - front and back are both amazing! I hate that I missed out on the Angled class (due to way too many work commitments), but have been following along with your posts when I get a chance. Your ideas (and your work) are always so inspiring! I love WonderClips. I have 20. I read somewhere that the best thing to do is clip your binding in place as you go using 10 or so of these. So I tried it and it was amazing - I really only needed 10-15. No need to purchase more clips!

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  18. I love, love, love this quilt. So pretty. The colours just work great and the design is absolutely gorgeous. A bit jealous that I am just not there yet. Thanks sooo much for sharing your pictures.

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  19. Beautiful quilt. The sashing really does balance out the variety of the blocks - I would never have thought to put it together like you did. And the back is wonderful too. Just lovely.

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  20. Mom I love that quilt! I'm sure some needy person will really love it alot!

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  21. Great design with all the improve blocks! Love the back also!

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  22. I don't find it necessary to have a ton of clover clips. I only use 2 or 3 for binding and move them as i work around my quilt.

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  23. So glad you're back in business with a new computer! I'm excited to reference both sides of this quilt in the future - there are lots of inspiring ideas here!

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  24. Love everything about your quilt!

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