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Quilt no. 015: Improv Study in Yellow and White

After finishing my block for the Denver Metro Modern Quilt Guild’s Twisted Sisters Quilt, I had a bunch of the assigned fabrics and this white on white circle. I dislike letting UFOs sit around and when the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum announced their 25th Anniversary Challenge, I knew what I was submitting.

Quilt no. 015: Improve Study in Yellow and White Detail

Quilt no. 015: Improve Study in Yellow and White Front

With this quilt, I basically just wanted to explore piecing together fabric without meticulously planning the layout. I had a bunch of fun putting together the original block and wanted to continue with it. It brought me way back to the way I used to piece together corduroy and denim for bags when I was around 14 or 15, which was haphazard and aimless, letting the piece of fabric grow and shift until it was as big as I wanted it to be.

Quilt no. 015: Improve Study in Yellow and White Detail

Quilt no. 015: Improve Study in Yellow and White Front

That said, it has led me to a place where I want to do more improv piecing. It’s been interesting to see what comes from intuition and reaction, rather than meticulous planning. It felt much more important when I was first gaining the skills set I needed to make a quilt to have specific plans and measurements.

After taking Sherri Lynn Wood’s improv class in early June and reading her book, I think I’m headed off in a new direction. I’ve always thought quilting was fun but improv piecing feels much more engaging. I’m pretty excited to show off what came from her class and a larger quilt inspired by her Floating Squares score when they are finished.

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