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The Blue Improv

on Mar 13, 2009 in blogging others, fabric stash, pattern, quilting, sewing | 4 comments

Ok, you faithful readers know I really like the Denyse Schmidt looking quilts. I bought her book a while back and thought all the projects were just lovely. I was disappointed to find all the patterns filled with unique templates. I’m not a template girl. Right around that time, I found Kathy Mack’s tutorial for an improvised Hop Skip Jump pattern.

Well, it turns out there’s a huge movement, especially in blogland, to make improvisational style quilts. I love the look, but assumed many of them were template based (which seemed to be very contrary to the improv concept.) I then made the blocks for the Bushfire Quilt Project. Those were improv-style and super fun and easy.

Of course, I see tons of these improv’s all over flickr and upon further inspection I found Jacquelyn at Tallgrass Prairie Studio. She’s organizing a whole improv donation bit on her blog AND she has the most excellent tutorial for making REAL {no template} blocks. Let me get the link for you, its got pictures and lovely explanations. Go check it out!

And I had to try it. After I posted, she emailed me to let me know, these might infact, become addicting. I have to say, she was right. I started adding pieces and realized… oh smokes, when do I stop? How big should it be? What am I going to do with it? Ooooh… but it needs just a little more. Just one more strip, no one will know. Everyone’s doing it. Nobody will find out… *wink wink*

My mini-quilt is 12″ x 15″ and uses all scraps. I even used some of the fabric I painted with the Glue Gel resist technique. In fact, the blue bricks inspired the whole blue/black/cream color way for my first ever improv.

I did this sort of channel stitching with my walking foot all over the whole piece. I’m quite thrilled with it and I definitely want to try it again. It IS addicting. And its a great way to use up the scraps.

So thats what’s new-to-me today. And its only 7a. I hope you have a lovely Friday! ~jen~



  1. Very cool! Love it!


    March 13, 2009

  2. Ahhhhh I remember the day I asked you…”So, Ummm do you sew??” Silly silly me! Yes she sews!! She makes whole blankets before 8am!
    Love the quilt my friend!! 🙂

    Owens Family Adventures

    March 13, 2009

  3. I really like this a lot! It’s got a great energy to it.


    March 13, 2009

  4. Worthy of a frame! It looks great.


    March 14, 2009

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