Monday, January 4, 2016

fresh start {Improv Handbook Score #4}

Starting Score #4 from Improv Handboook

Time to launch another quilt from The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters!  Next up is score #4, a "patchwork doodle".  Sherri Lynn invites us to let go of our expectations, freely create and say "yes, and..." to whatever will be.

DS Modern Solids for Improv

I'm going to indulge in this delectable box of glowing solids, a treat to myself from the holidays.  It's the Denyse Schmidt Modern Solids fat quarter collection from FreeSpirit.  Oooh and aaaaah!

DS Modern Solids for Improv

Of course I've spent a suitable number of weeks enjoying the fabrics arranged just so.  It's one of those gifts so pretty you don't want to unwrap!  But, now is the time.  Using only solids for this freeform quilt will bring a natural unity to the work no matter which way I go.

Starting Score #4 from Improv Handboook

In this score the idea is to explore shapes as desired, creating something like rows or large sections that will eventually be joined together.  I find it hard to begin with so little direction.  Color is a natural starting place, so I pull friendly blues and grays.  Maybe each section will be composed of colors nearby each other on the color wheel.

Starting Score #4 from Improv Handboook

I'm feeling drawn to curves, but getting something that feels right takes a good amount of trial and error.  Version one, the medium blue with a "wave" in it, is nice but not what I imagine will look good in a series.  Version two, the gray one at top right, took more effort to piece than I would like.

Starting Score #4 from Improv Handboook

I end up with these fan shapes which are pleasantly curvy, but easy to piece.  Next I'd like to make a similar string in pinks/purples and another in greens/yellows and see how they work with the blue/gray set. 

This start feels rather tentative, like how one walks slowly in the dark, arms outstretched to feel the way.  I hope that now that I've made my first mark on the page, this doodle takes on a life of its own.

p.s. Modern Solids available in Canada at Mad About Patchwork


18 comments:

  1. Sounds like you are having fun! What a glorious box of color you have to work from :o)

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  2. I love the colors you're using!

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  3. Looks interesting. I really must have a go at a solids only quilt one day. They're not something I've ever used much. I'll be interested to see where you end up with yours!

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  4. Those fans are fabulous. I can't wait to see where you go. Color is usually my starting point, too :)

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  5. I love the way you are always challenging yourself. I'm certain you will come up with something unique and lovely.

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  6. How can you break into the beautiful box of color? I've had my Denyse Schmidt's rainbow box for a while now (maybe a bit longer) and haven't been able to tear into it. It'll be fun to see your inspirations and the colors you use!

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  8. Wonderful! I love how each fan is so unique and how they work together as a whole. Will be fun to see what you do next!

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  9. Your fans are beautiful, worthy of breaking into the color box!

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  10. Oh, Rachel those fabrics look gorgeus, I'm so happy you can play with them! This book looks very isnpiring and I'm sure you'll make something unique with the curves! x Teje
    www.nerospostbox.wordpress.com

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  11. I love that you are working with "Modern Solids". I bought them last year and I have been too afraid to cut into them. So, I look at them and I wonder what to do with the loveliness.

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  12. Oooh I have never made anything with all solids. I know it will look great. I love the start with the curvy flying geese triangle blocks.
    I like the idea of keeping all of the color ranges together.
    Boy, I need to get back to work. So far all I have accomplished is cleaning up my sewing space after the frenzy of Christmas sewing, and Oyyy, I spent three hours with mom and dad at the retina specialist yesterday. I am just aching to get back to work on my projects...
    This was a great present to pick for yourself! Those colors are just beautiful.

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  13. Yes, with those colors it will be beautiful no what you do :)
    I do love your beginning!

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  14. Massdrop.com is a U.S. source for the Denyse Schmidt collection of fat quarter solids. They are just shipping the latest drop, but if you are interested in the next one, put in your name now.

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  15. Rachel - So happy to hear that you treated yourself to that lovely gift!!!
    What a treat of color and promise! I can't wait to see what you do with it! Enjoy your improv!!!

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  16. What a great treat! I would want to gaze at the box for awhile too Rachel.
    Imrov does seem to take on a direction and life of it's own. It's both exciting and healing. I like you analogy of walking slowly in the dark. You are off to a great start!

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