Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Zephyr {Improv Handbook Score #1}

Zephyr quilt top

Gosh this quilt top came together all in a whirl, once I had a clear sense of direction.  On Saturday morning I decided loosely where I would put each color mash-up, placing cuttings of solid fabric in each area to map out the quilt on my design wall.  Then it was too easy to just keep piecing, section by section, filling in a nice throw-sized quilt.  I used up every bit of my Zephyr feature print - one full yard.  The quilt top is about 55" x 68", I think.  I'll trim the edges after I quilt her up! 

I thoroughly enjoyed composing Score #1 from The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters.  It was liberating to cut without a ruler, to just cut and cut and then sit down and sew a bunch of pieces together, discovering along the way what would be. 

Today fabric wasn't the only pretty thing taking over my sewing table.

Zephyr quilt top

I'll share some of my own tips for improv piecing after I gather a few more.  But I did learn from this piece!  Improv quilting is truly a learn-as-you-go kind of experience, so don't let anything stop you from Getting Started if this is where you want to go.  You can't help but learn by trying.  Try it!  You'll see.

Zephyr quilt top

Oh, and I completely embraced a "wonky" style of improv piecing here, cutting without a ruler and sewing without concern for straight seems.  If this drives you bananas, no need to throw out the ruler.  You can still improv and keep things square!

But I'm with Sherri.  Today these whimsical, tilting seams read like a signature, designating the work as uniquely, unequivocally, genuinely all mine.  I enjoyed going along for the ride.

23 comments:

  1. It's gorgeous! I'm trying to work toward letting go of the ruler.

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  2. Your great color sense shines thru again. What a fun quilt!

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  3. Yours does have order though. It looks very good. I like this loads.
    Aria is so pretty.

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  4. Beautiful! I like it without the AMH print you alluded to in your previous post. It's perfect with just the Zephyr!

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    1. I agree. Simple was the way to go, with so much movement and personality already coming through in the piecing and colors. Thanks, Jamie!

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  5. I just ordered the book, can't wait to get started. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  6. I like yours way better than mine! I chose three fabrics, but didn't think through that so much. The fabrics coordinated but when pieced together really needed to have more contrast. All were pretty much the same intensity and it was a bit much. I used it as "made fabric" and chopped it up, and chalked it up to a learning experience.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your learning experience with the rest of us. I totally fall into that problem sometimes, of choosing fabrics for coordination and forgetting about contrast. It especially gets me into trouble when working with traditional geometric patchwork!

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  7. I like vey much the way you managed to keep unity in your quilt although you used different sections. Really inspiring ! I planned to make a small quilt but I think I will add a couple sections. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. Love it. I'm looking forward to trying it.

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  9. I like yours but that would drive my Quilting OCD crazy.

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  10. It looks great. I've been doing some no ruler quilting myself, lately.

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  11. It looks great and I do love that you used the same filler fabric throughout, it gives it a floaty feel I think.

    As a reader I'm curious, what's she reading?

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  12. I like your quilt--but it's not one of my wow choices from your work.
    I have Sherri's book and it is beautiful I just wish she had labelled the different methods as Method 1, 2 etc. I think calling them a "score" is a bit pretentious and unnecessary.

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  13. Absolutely love this quilt top you've made - I may have to get hold of the book to attempt one myself. Your colors are beautiful!

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  14. Wow that was quick! And its so funky love the colour choices and the one filler its just so spot on!

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  15. Oh wowee! This is fantastic Rachel. I love the one focus print with the solid colours. I really need to get this book. No ruler sounds like such freedom to me! I hate cutting fabric accurately!

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  16. I really like this! So optimistic and relaxed. It's friendly. What a wonderful expression to come through in the context of your life right now. It really speaks to me.
    And hello Aria! I think of you often! x

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    1. Yes, it does feel optimistic and relaxed. Thanks for putting some words to those expressions. Sometimes when making it I felt a little removed from this quilt because of those strong, positive expressions. But, I have been striving to have a better attitude in the last week... and succeeding, so perhaps making this quilt actually helped. It has been so, SO very cloudy and rainy here for two weeks. That combined with Eleni's virus and hospitalizations has been hard to handle. Ready for some sunshine please, God!

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  17. Oh I just adore this. Absolutely adore. I'm so impressed at how you consistently manage to wow no matter what kind of piecing you try. (This is Daisy on my mom's computer. I can't figure out how to change the profile, but I'm commenting anyway!)

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  18. Oh I just adore this. Absolutely adore. I'm so impressed at how you consistently manage to wow no matter what kind of piecing you try. (This is Daisy on my mom's computer. I can't figure out how to change the profile, but I'm commenting anyway!)

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  19. Oh this is a beauty. The colors are great with your focus/neutral.

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  20. I love this! I just got the book and am excited to try making something a little more free-form than my norm.

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