Monday, November 2, 2015

fresh start {Improv Handbook Score #2}

Time to launch my second quilt from The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters!  Score #2 is a strings quilt, but it doesn't really start with string scraps as I assumed.  Nope.  Sherri Lynn advises us to cut strings from yardage, selvedge to selvedge.  This is a string quilt for anyone with fabric!

For starters, check out Sherri Lynn's example quilt.  Oooh!  Aaaah!  Ok, now forget that one because we're all going to do our own thing, right?  No pressure though.  Truly.  I'm telling myself there is no wrong way to make this quilt!

Launching Score #2 {Improv Handbook}

First I tossed lots of pretty fabrics in a grand pile on my work table.  I've decided to work with grays this time, making something a bit more reflective of my mood and our drizzling, misty skies. Grays popped with purple, yellow and subdued cool tones.  Lots of browns too.

Score #2 tasks us to define parameters for grouping and sewing strings into three distinct "sheets".  A sheet is a new fabric made of sewing strings together in rows.  Think of sheets as sewn yardage.  They will be cut up later to make the quilt.

Launching Score #2 {Improv Handbook}

Sheet #1 (fabrics pictured on left)  low value, low contrast, strips sewn randomly without planned order.  I'm thinking this sheet will be used to create background or visual space in my quilt.

Sheet #2 (fabrics pictured on right) high value and low value fabrics, high conrtrast, strips sewn together based on an order set out entirely in advance.  I'm thinking to sew up a small sheet along these lines to use as accents in the quilt.

Launching Score #2 {Improv Handbook}

Sheet #3 (group of fabrics above) more saturated, mixed value, strips sewn spontaneously making intentional parings and sequences on the fly as I go.  I intend to make the largest sheet of these fabrics so that most of my quilt has this color personality.

Launching Score #2 {Improv Handbook}

Being true to myself, I opted to pull out my string scraps to identify any willing participants for my sheets.  I didn't find a whole lot to use, but I'm still stoked to include them.  Scraps just may while their way into every one of my improv quilts...

Launching Score #2 {Improv Handbook}

Launching Score #2 {Improv Handbook}

And now I've cut and sewn my first sheet, bubbles and all.  No rulers and no advance planning = almost effortless.  We'll see where this goes!

Anyone else starting Score #2?

::Endnote::  For those just joining me, I've decided to start work my way through All. Ten. Scores from The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters in order.  I'm stretching myself to follow Lynn's lead, even when it's uncomfortable.  Because that tends to be where the growth hides.  Maybe you'd like to join me?  I won't be kicking through these too fast.  Perhaps in a few years we'll find ourselves on the other side with a stack of artistic wonders to use and share.

13 comments:

  1. I love that you are doing this. I can't wait to see the result! The fabric choices you made are fantastic.

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  2. I have the book and I am with you in spirit! No free time right now though...

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  3. Awesome! I pulled my fabric and reread the first score yesterday morning. I'm going to try my best to follow along. I even asked my husband to play In a Sentimental Mood as suggested but he didn't have it on his iPod. We'll get it tonight so we can listen to it at dinner. I like the colors you picked for yours. They remind me of another permutation of your herringbone quilt.

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  4. I'm still at work on #1 but the planner in me can't help but think ahead a little ;)
    I love your fabric pull!

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  5. Beautiful colour choice. I'm looking forward to see more about your project ! I will start working on score #2 very soon :-)

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  6. I'm so glad you are blazing through Sherri's book and blogging it.... I Want to try each of them also.... It really is out of comfort zone and into growth....

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    1. Thanks! I am enjoying documenting them too. Hopefully this will be of interest to folks even who are working with the book not in "real time" with me =)

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  7. Thank you for blogging about making your quilt from this new-to-me book. Your fabric pull is beautiful! I have put the book on my Christmas Wish List, so hopefully I'll be catching up to you in January! I'll keep watching for your progress and pointers. Your blog inspires me! Thank you.

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  8. I love the color choices. I can't seem to see the example quilt in her book...
    So I am excited to see how this turns out of course!

    Rachel, when you complete this book of Scores, (yes, always looking ahead, ha!)
    you will have grown in many ways, obviously with your quilting. Life is growth in all areas.
    I love the way you are growing. You know you inspire so many others

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    1. Thanks for letting me know the link was not working, Rosemary. I think I've fixed it =) Yes, growth of some kind is the one upshot of life's worst challenges. It's definitely uninvited growth. If others can benefit when I share, that makes it a tiny bit more valuable.

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  9. I always love your colour choices Rachel - they will still be fresh do beautiful in 50 years. Just a little thought - every time you sit down to sew just give yourself a little smile because you are nurturing yourself taking time for you😀

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  10. Your work/play with the improv scores is intriguing. May put this book on my Christmas list and join the fun. I would use my scraps too. Love the colors in your fabric pull.

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  11. I still need to finish up score #1!

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