Friday, February 12, 2016

Improv Fans for do. Good Stitches

It's all improv and improv and improv these days!  But this project took me back to my scraps, somewhere I'm always glad to be driven.

Improv Fans for do. Good Stitches

This February our collaborative quilting bee, Love circle of do. Good Stitches, is making improv fans in true blues, midnight and creamy neutrals.  It's not far from the Bluebird palette actually. I found plenty to work with in my blue scrap drawer.  Here they are, cut in shapely 5-6" long fans.

Improv Fans for do. Good Stitches

After choosing a variety of backgrounds to experiment with different value combos, I arranged my fans and joined the scraps together in a quarter circle shape.

Improv Fans for do. Good Stitches

To piece the fan into the background I used a method that accounts for curved seam allowances.  I taught this method as part of my Curves Class and demonstrate it in my Wheel Quilt pattern too.  Just takes a little bit of effort to result in a nice flat block with little waste!

Improv Fans for do. Good Stitches

Three happy fan blocks for miss Ara Jane.  My, isn't blue beautiful? 

19 comments:

  1. yes they are - these are beautiful blue blocks.

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  2. yes, very beautiful! Have a wonderful weekend, Rachel :)

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  3. Blue is my favorite, so I'm not surprised that I love these. :)

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  4. I have read your blog for years and always find inspiration and great directions - many thanks ... these blue fans just emote ... beautiful

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  5. Yes, your blues are beautiful!

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  6. Yes. I love blue. I want to make blocks like this. They look fun.
    This week-end is supposed to be like Siberia outside (it is actually 19 degrees and windy) So I am going to do some .... cleaning and organizing.
    Your blocks look really wonderful. ♥️

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  7. Lovely work Rachel! It's funny: the fans seem to be able to cool things off when done in these colors, LOL.

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  8. Blue is my colour to go to....so beautiful ! Thanks for the inspiration Rachel.

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  9. Blue is so beautiful. This is my most favorite palate : ). I reminds me of the California oceans I miss so vey much.

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    1. I am not usually drawn to blues much at all. Right now I truly am, over and over again. Perhaps this is my "blue phase" =) Fitting.

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  10. these are absolutely perfect, rachel! i thought you might have the perfect method for piecing those curves. ;-) and obviously, these blues make my heart very happy.

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  11. I recently saw a fan quilt that I loved but could not see myself appliqueing all of those fans. This is what I had been thinking I needed to do but was not sure about doing the circles without a plastic template.

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