Monday, July 4, 2016

minimalist {Improv Handbook Score #5}

Happy 4th to those of you on the state side!  I hope you're enjoying the loooong weekend. We've already had our getting-things-done day, helping others day, river day, shopping day and up next is a family barbecue.  Ok, so all of those "days" actually overlapped, but it just feels like such a long weekend to me!

Minimalist {Improv Handbook #5}

Naturally, I've done some sewing.  My sewing table is now nestled behind our sofa in the living/dining area.  While I sew, Liam is inevitably reading on the sofa, Aria is reading in her room and the cat is sleeping on my ironing board... again.  So, everyone's pretty comfy, even if our world has been compacted, and no one seems to mind if I block the hallway with my design wall...

Minimalist {Improv Handbook #5}

This score from the Improv Handbook is one of the fastest quilts I've every pieced.  It wants to be BIG.  From the beginning I've been trying to reign in the size, but the chunky blue shapes and thick sashing really appeal to me. I've completed my three center rows in cascading blue and one side border in gray/white.   To construct the quilt, I sliced the large shapes freehand, arranged them on the design wall and filled in with sashing to maintain a grid.  So easy.

Minimalist {Improv Handbook #5}

I'm a bit out of my comfort zone with this quilt.  It's more minimalist than is natural for me.  According to the score, I'd finish with another side border in gray/white for the left side of the quilt.  But, what do you think?  Will that add to the composition or should I stop here?

hmmmm....

22 comments:

  1. Wow, neat! Different quilt than I would make myself. I like balance, so I'd say have a gray white column on the other side too. Love your big design wall! How did you make it? I need one!

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    1. Thanks, Krista! My design wall is made from a foam insulation core from the hardware store. We just wrapped it with batting and duct taped it on the back.

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  2. I vote some grey squares with blue around them. I think it would balance it a bit.
    Way to just go for it!

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    1. I like this idea.... And maybe the added blue could have a bit of print to it.....

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  3. I like the way this is now.

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  4. I am feeling the grey squares with blue surround, same as Stefanie.
    It is pretty.... and yeah, different.
    cramping up in the house for changes is a good thing. It helps you appreciate the space, and cozy is always fun.
    Over the rest of this year, hubbs and I are working on, uh... downsizing. At present, we live in a big family box. I want to sell before we need to put a new roof on, ha. I would like to move right down the road from Mom and Dad's swinging place Ashby Ponds, in Ashburn. We need to find new homes and hands for a lot of our things. Charity mostly.
    And to sell a place in No Va, your house has to look like something out of House Beautiful hahahaha It is going to get interesting, but my girls are on fire to help
    Have fun with the remodel.

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  5. I love the first photo with only gray on one side. Of course, you are the designer.

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  6. I vote for stop. I like how it's kind of asymmetrical now with the grey on only one side. Or you could do a column of completely different blocks of some kind down the other side using other colours from the quilt. I think that would look kind of neat.

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  7. Not a fan of the white. It feels too jarring. Maybe a navy surround or a charcoal?

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  8. Im loving the blues with grey on one side. I would add a pop of orange somewhere too . . Just a thought

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  9. Im loving the blues with grey on one side. I would add a pop of orange somewhere too . . Just a thought

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  10. I like the asymmetrical look. If you add on to it, perhaps not with grey and whites but some other colour or a different blue?

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  11. My first reaction is: what are you going to put in those blank squares? They look like blank canvases to me.

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    1. Yes, that has been on my mind too! I am actually just about to quilt it. Crossing fingers the design I have in mind feels right!

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  12. I would leave the quilt as it is. I love all of the blue. It is my go to color. The quilt is beautiful as you have it but I would have trouble with the simplicity of it. I like prints and lots of color. Bless you and your family as you remodel. It can make for hectic times.

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  13. Hi Rachel, I would add a grey white border to the left side. It gives the quilt balance. You could play with the width of the border if you like. I love your design. Lots of space to play with the quilting 😊.
    Happy quilting, Ellen

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  14. I like Ellen's comment above about a grey white border only ~ ~ but I have a special attraction to assymetry and like as you have it above. Look at it a while longer and let the quilt tell you its need :) Lovely in its simplicity. I am asking myself if I could do this. Thank you for the question.

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  15. I Like it asymmetrical. I'm excited to see the quilting.

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  16. Adding some wool yarn ties in addition to machine quilting could add interest to the floating squares....
    I like another row on the left, with a bit of a different print in the sashing, maybe with a bit of a different color....

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  17. I read above that you are already quilting it.
    Don't you love fast finishes :) I can't wait to see!
    I started mine and I'm hoping to finish this week, fingers crossed ;)

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