Tuesday, June 28, 2016

American Made Brand {Improv Handbook Score #5}

You know what I need?  A good, old fashioned fresh start to get myself moving again.  And it feels like time to return to improv.  Last September I started a series of improv quilts based on the scores from Sherri Lynn Wood's fantastic book, The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters.  I made three quilts:  Score #1,  Zephyr

 Zephyr {improv handbook, score #1}

Score #3, Tipsy

Tipsy {Improv Handbook Score #2}

and Score #4, Doodle Doodle, which was completed this March.

 Doodle Doodle, a finished quilt

Once again I'm appreciating the subtitle's reference to "Living Courageously."  As much as that fit when I was learning to cope with a seriously disabled baby, that sentiment is exactly right for pregnancy after HIE (Eleni's diagnosis).  And I'm sure I'm not alone.  We all need courage to live out fully the opportunities and challenges of our lives.

Improv Score #5 with American Made Brand solids

For this next improv quilt, I'm going to work with a set of solids I selected from the American Made Brand solids collection.  This line of solids is 100% sourced, manufactured and dyed in the United States.  It's nice to see a company choosing to responsibly carry on the tradition of American textiles from farm to fabric.  The hand is lovely, and the colors offered are a tight collection of popular modern shades. 

Improv Score #5 with American Made Brand solids

When I selected a range of beautiful blue fabrics with white and gray neutrals, I had in mind an ombre quilt.  I was thinking an equilateral triangle quilt, well organized to create an ombre effect, with each blue triangle sharply paired with a neutral triangle of similar value.

Improv Score #5 with American Made Brand solids

Although that sounds lovely, plans do change!  I've set my heart on Score #5 from the Improv Handbook and started "figuring it out" last night.  I don't feel that this Rhythmic Grid score requires much of a departure from Wood's example.  More than the other scores, following her directions will yield something pretty similar.  I definitely want to repeat the side "borders" in a contrasting colorway.

Improv Score #5 with American Made Brand solids

Last night I arranged the solids like so.  I'm imagining the quilt in 5 rows: a gray "border" row on left, an ombre blue row next, an ombre aqua row in center, an ombre turquoise row next (with a pop of aberrant royal blue) and a denim "border" row on the far right. 

Improv Score #5 with American Made Brand solids

According to the score, I also need sashing fabrics for the center vs. border sections.  I chose a variety of low volume Cotton & Steel fabrics for sashing in the quilt center and American Made solid white for sashing in the borders.  I'm imagining the borders will be low volume compared to the center.

Improv Score #5 with American Made Brand solids

This morning, I refined my color layout, letting go of ombre just a bit.  I realized the first layout made a right border that wasn't altogether low volume.  To better define the center vs. borders of the quilt, I've moved the lighter solids to the right border:  light denim, light aqua, light turquoise and shuffled denim into the blue row, light sky into the turquoise/royal blue row.

This feels right!  Time to start cutting.

p.s.  You can find American Made Brand solids at Gotham Quilts, Fat Quarter Shop and HoneyBeGood.

20 comments:

  1. Oh this will be lovely--I like your choices of color range...I have her book and want to do one as soon as I have finished my WIP hugs will be looking forward to watching yours come to life Julierose

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    1. Thanks, Julie, I hope you get to do some improv play soon =) Do you know which one you'll start with? I couldn't choose, which is why I started at the very beginning!

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  2. Your quilts so far are fantastic - I bet this one will be just as amazing

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  3. Can't wait to see these beauties stitched up!

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  4. I love the colors and shades you choose and it'll make a great baby boy quilt;-)

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    1. Well, um, judging from my progress today, this one is going to be BIG. Not for a baby boy. Not yet! Thanks, Hildy =)

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  5. I absolutely love your color choices. Blues through turquoise have always been my favorite colors. The fabrics look luscious! So rich and vibrant! I am looking forward to seeing the finished quilt. I know it will be spectacular! You make such beautiful quilts.
    Leslie

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  6. Can't get enough of the c&s blue bird fabrics!

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  7. You are more courageous than you realize! This is a lovely combination and I look forward to seeing it come together.

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  8. so in love with these colors.

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  9. Great color choices. So much fun to see your process. I am not brave enough to work in solids...

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  10. I love your top one made of squares and rectangles!

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  11. i've used American made solid fabric and I like it a lot, nice finish on fabric too!!!

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  13. This score was one of my favorites from the book. Can't wait to see your version. I took some artistic licence but here is mine inspired by Score 5.https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1676493119291558&set=a.1599773910296813.1073741830.100007926570131&type=3&theater

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    1. I'd love to see it, Anna, but that Facebook link won't work for me =(

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    2. Hope this works.https://www.instagram.com/p/BDk_d59SvJGR5rWBLR0ZWaDlyMRBiw-jrI7TAg0/?taken-by=annaziegner01

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    3. Wow! I love, love, love what you did with the sashing. What an inspired idea!

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  14. I've picked out the fabrics for this one but I've yet to begin.
    I love the cool feel of your fabric pull. You wouldn't happen to be mentally trying to stay cool as well as physically ;)
    The AMB sounds wonderful and their colors are very lovely. I wonder what mills they use. There was two cotton mills in the town I was born. Both my mom and aunt worked there for years making sheets and denim.

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  15. Beautiful colors, and thank you for letting us know about a new company making fabric in America.

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